Sneijder denies Inter rift talk

Wesley Sneijder has dismissed talk of a rift with Inter Milan

coach Andrea Stramaccioni after reacting angrily to his

substitution on Sunday.

Sneijder was withdrawn midway through the second half of the 2-0

win over Torino and made his displeasure known by walking straight

down the tunnel rather than joining his team-mates on the

bench.

Inter went on to win the game with goals from Diego Milito and

Sneijder’s replacement Antonio Cassano and the former Real Madrid

man insisted he was merely disappointed at missing game-time.

He said on Twitter on Monday: “Great victory yesterday!! Was a

bit angry, because I want to play everything… Not because I have

a problem with the coach. But I know there are many games to

play… Preparing for Thursday ;).”

Stramaccioni preferred to focus on his team’s second away win of

the season and confirmed Sneijder’s theory that the player was

merely frustrated at being withdrawn.

“It’s a normal reaction, he’d like to finish every match,” he

said on www.inter.it.

“Sneijder is a key player for us but he’d played two games in a

row and had racked up lots of minutes on international duty.

“And that was Torino’s best period so I wanted to send out a

message by bringing on an out-and-out striker.

“We’re a well-knit side and we’re working well together. We’re

determined to achieve things but we want to let our football do the

talking on the pitch.”

Stramaccioni felt the introductions of Cassano, and in

particular Walter Gargano, were important in the final outcome.

He added: “There was a spell during the second period when we

were losing the ball in dangerous positions – at that stage the

game had taken a slightly different turn. Then when Gargano came on

we managed to get a grip of things again.

“Perhaps there were a few tired legs out there but that’s

understandable because it was a huge energy drain.

“It was important for us to get another win under our belts

after the blip last time out, so that we could stay up there just

three points off the leaders. This was a big win for us.”