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Sneijder was withdrawn midway through the second half of the 2-0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
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merely frustrated at being withdrawn.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.”