Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Next Game

Inter v Roma

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 18:00

Friendly Match

FedExField

Last Game

Man Utd 0 - 0 Inter

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 00:00

Friendly Match

Inter boss offers no excuses

Inter Milan head coach Andrea Stramaccioni refused to make any excuses after watching his side go down 3-1 at Siena on Sunday.

Last Updated: 04/02/13 at 09:51 Post Comment

Andrea Stramaccioni: Refused to make any excuses

Andrea Stramaccioni: Refused to make any excuses

The Nerazzurri fancied their chances of climbing back into third place with an easy victory over lowly Siena, but Giuseppe Iachini's men had other ideas.

Antonio Cassano may have responded quickly to Innocent Emeghara's opener, but Inter were all at sea when Alessio Sestu and Alessandro Rosina put Siena out of sight, the latter scoring from the penalty spot as a result of Cristian Chivu's dismissal.

Inter have taken just one win from seven games but Stramaccioni is encouraged by a race for Europe that remains wide open.

Stramaccioni told inter.it: "I've never liked making excuses and I can never find the right ones anyway. I was an ugly defeat and that's all there is to say.

"But thanks to this strange season we are still in the mix. I for one will be putting a brave face on it.

"The blame lies with everyone but I represent them, so I will front up, but I am sure we can still achieve our objectives all the same."

A run of seven straight victories through the autumn had established Inter as one of Juventus' closest challengers, but those lofty aspirations now seem a distant memory.

"We have to rediscover the Inter side that had drawn to within a point of the leaders," Stramaccioni added. "We are the same side, I'm the same coach.

"The fact that the team did not give up when they went down to 10 men was really important and the lads used all the energy they had.

"We must go back to the way we were and reverse this negative trend. It's an ugly and bitter one but I am convinced we can change."

Siena remain reluctant to talk about surviving in the top flight despite closing to within four points of 17th place.

Club director Massimo Mezzaroma told acsiena.it: "It's an important result against a great team. There have been a lot of good performances lately but we didn't earn any points from them. I'm really happy with this performance and for the lads, they deserve this win."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Diego Costa gets two assists Chelsea's 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem

Diego Costa grabbed two assists as Chelsea beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 on Wednesday

Women's football: Natasha Dowie says Fara Williams can earn 200 caps

Fara Williams has enough ability to earn 200 caps for England, according to Liverpool Ladies team-mate Natasha Dowie

Women's football: Dunia Susi and Rachel Brown-Finnis out of England's game with Sweden

England Women’s boss Mark Sampson has been hit by two withdrawals from his squad ahead of Sunday's game against Sweden

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property