Robertson out for fortnight
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti will not sack Andrea
Stramaccioni – as long as the Nerazzurri head coach fulfils his
promise to change results for the better.
Moratti kept his counsel in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s
1-0 home defeat to Bologna, a result that followed Thursday’s 3-0
Europa League loss at Tottenham.
A haul of eight points from eight games has seen the Nerazzurri
slip out of the Champions League picture and into fifth place, with
Stramaccioni pledging to make the most of the remaining 10
But this afternoon saw Moratti issue a veiled warning to both
Stramaccioni and director of sport Marco Branca.
He told Gazzetta.it: “Branca says Inter will carry on as they
are, does he? Under Stramaccioni and himself? I agree, but that’s
up to me to decide.
“If everything stays as it is, but with different results, then
we will go forward together.”
Inter were lucky to reach the break level last night, with
Bologna allowed free rein at the San Siro before Alberto
Gilardino’s half-volley settled the match midway through the second
“It was a sort of collapse against Bologna yesterday,” Moratti
“It’s hugely disappointing but we need to stay calm when
evaluating the situation.
“We need to recharge our batteries both emotionally and
physically. I don’t know why the first halves of games have been so
bad, I don’t think the players are doing it on purpose.
“Maybe they are going out there scared. But watching us throw
game after game away is getting quite serious.”
Stramaccioni, meanwhile, does not fear facing the sack ahead of
Spurs’ arrival in Milan for Thursday’s second-leg encounter.
“I make mistakes just as everyone does, I think,” he told
“Moratti’s vote of confidence? I just want to thank the
president with results on the pitch.”
The full-back limped out of the first half of Aberdeen’s
goalless draw with Motherwell on Saturday but tests have shown a
“badly swollen” ankle.
A club statement read: “The defender is likely to be out for a
couple of weeks.”
Robertson will miss the SPL clash at Celtic Park on Saturday but
he has been named in Billy Stark’s Scotland Under-21 squad for a
European qualifier against Luxembourg on March 25.