Stramaccioni’s Inter concern

Andrea Stramaccioni accepts Inter Milan president Massimo

Moratti’s frustration with recent results.

But the under-pressure coach believes the return of some of his

first-choice players can help bring back the team’s swagger.

Inter have slipped to sixth place in Serie A, four points behind

third-placed rivals AC Milan, after winning just one of their last

four matches.

They also face near-inevitable elimination from the Europa

League after a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Tottenham in the last


Moratti said yesterday that Stramaccioni will only remain in his

post if results improve.

And the coach told “It is normal and proper at this

time that Moratti is not satisfied with the results of the


“The objective for the next 10 games is to restore confidence

and a swagger to Inter on the pitch.”

That one recent victory saw Inter come from 2-0 down at

half-time to beat Catania 3-2, while they also recovered from a

half-time deficit to draw with Milan.

And Stramaccioni said: “We are focusing on analysing the second

half of recent matches, when the team have shown more fight and

better football.

“We are only four points behind third place and getting the

injured players back will help us to get there.”

Dejan Stankovic and Ezequiel Schelotto returned from injury

against Bologna last time out, with the fit-again Zdravko

Kuzmanovic and Tommaso Rocchi among the substitutes.

Walter Samuel and Fredy Guarin are also on the road to recovery

but striker Diego Milito will miss the rest of the season and

defender Yuto Nagatomo is another long-term casualty.