Moratti backing for Inter boss

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti does not blame Andrea

Stramaccioni for the club’s current slump and has backed his young

head coach to turn things around.

The Nerazzurri dropped to seventh in the Serie A table following

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Cagliari – the Milan club’s fourth loss in

five league outings – with the last Champions League place now nine

points away with six games remaining.

Two more key players joined a lengthy injury list on Monday,

with midfielder Walter Gargano and defender Yuto Nagatomo both

suffering leg injuries to leave Inter with a selection dilemma

ahead of Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia semi-final meeting with

Roma.

But it is the serious personnel crisis – which has seen senior

strikers Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito ruled out of several

important fixtures – that convinces Moratti his 36-year-old coach

has been working at a clear disadvantage for most of the

season.

He told the Gazzetta dello Sport: “I can’t do anything else but

support Stramaccioni, based on all the difficulties we’ve had to

deal with this season.

“We are going through a difficult and quite dramatic season. In

terms of the injuries, I hope we can come up with a solution, but

it will be difficult.

“But a little bit of invention and good luck could see us

through.”

Moratti has also invoked the anger of the Italian Football

Federation (FIGC) by suggesting match officials have regularly

acted “without good faith” towards Inter, with other figures at the

club publicly suggesting referees have favoured city rivals’ AC

Milan in their bid for a top-three finish.

The FIGC have summoned Moratti and his legal representatives to

a disciplinary commission to examine his comments.

Meanwhile, Inter veteran Javier Zanetti says the priority now is

to overcome Roma and reach the final of the Coppa Italia.

Zanetti told the club’s official website: “We want to play well

against Roma on Wednesday. There’s no point talking about the match

against Cagliari as we can’t do anything about it. Now, we need to

think about performing well on Wednesday.

“We’ll try to prepare in the best possibly way for the match

versus Roma and we hope to get a result that will see us into the

final.

“At the end of the campaign, we’ll look back and review

everyone’s performance. Then we’ll begin to prepare for next season

as we always do.”