APPIANO GENTILE Andrea Stramaccioni has selected 21 Nerazzurri players in his squad for the trip to Napoli.
Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 27 Belec, 30 Carrizo;
Defenders: 23 Ranocchia, 26 Chivu, 28 Pasa, 40 Juan Jesus, 31 Pereira, 42 Jonathan, 52 Ferrara, 63 Spendlhofer;
Midfielders: 7 Schelotto, 10 Kovacic, 11 Alvarez, 14 Guarin, 17 Kuzmanovic, 19 Cambiasso, 24 Benassi;
Forwards: 18 Rocchi, 45 Forte, 61 Garritano.
"I'm fortunate to have
A united group of players and a united club. That, at least, is one positive Andrea Stramaccioni can take from what has been a complicated season. "I've made mistakes myself, but I'm fortunate to have a group of players who are also great men. I'm fortunate to have
Stramaccioni was then asked for his thoughts on comments made by Javier Zanetti about the coach's future. "I've just finished talking about
Moving on from the captain's injury to Ruben Botta's: "Yeah, he's got injured and so has Longo. Two players we were planning to build the future with now need to go under the knife... That's going to frighten off anyone who wants to join Inter, isn't it?" Stramaccioni joked. "Let's just say that we haven't had much luck recently. Could Botta's injury put his move in doubt? He's a young lad who's had a nasty injury but if we've decided to go for him our assessment won't change now. He'll be an Inter player, we'll wait for him."
Back on the subject of Zanetti, how are Inter going to replace him until he returns? "Inter been strong on the right in recent games. We've tried out various solutions to make up for his absence over the last few days, but you can't replace the captain. Javier is unique."
Finally, an update on Yuto Nagatomo's fitness: "At the moment we've decided to look at how he responds to certain tests on the pitch so that we can then choose what's right for Inter. From a medical point of view, our decisions have always been taken with the player's best interests at heart."
"We're thinking clearly and calmly despite all the problems we've got at the moment. Important to have Cambiasso and Guarin back"
"Despite all the problems we have at the moment, the lads have just been getting on with training. I think we've worked well and the players who are available are in good shape." Those were Andrea Stramaccioni's first thoughts as he looked ahead to tomorrow's meeting with
The coach then went into more detail about some of the players recently discharged from the Nerazzurri treatment room: "We've got Guarin and Cambiasso back with us and yesterday Cassano returned to the group too, though he's obviously a bit further behind. Guarin and Cambiasso are important players to have back. I don't know if I'll use them straight away but they're important.
"Why did Antonio start training with the squad again before Palacio? The recovery period can be different even with the same injury. Will Cassano be available against Lazio? He's raring to go and we'll have to see when he can play again, considering both his urgency to return and his fitness. He might make it for Lazio, we'll have to see.
"Who's fit enough to be included in the squad for tomorrow's game? Palacio isn't, Cambiasso and Guarin are, although we still have another training session to go. Chivu? I'm trying to get him fully fit again. With Samuel out injured, we're a bit thin at the back. I didn't risk him against
After fielding questions about his players' fitness, Stramaccioni had to answer one about himself: "How do I feel? I'm in good health, I'm not injured," he joked. "We're thinking very clearly even though we find ourselves in this difficult situation. We need to see out the season by using our heads and we're determined to do well in the games we have left.
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