Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Next Game

Inter v Stjarnan

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 19:45

Europa League Qual Play-Offs Round

Last Game

Stjarnan 0 - 3 Inter

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 22:00

Europa League Qual Play-Offs Round

Stramaccioni in upbeat mood

Inter Milan's under-pressure head coach Andrea Stramaccioni feels the Nerazzurri still have plenty of time to turn their disappointing season around.

Last Updated: 11/03/13 at 10:53 Post Comment

Andrea Stramaccioni: Feeling optimistic

Andrea Stramaccioni: Feeling optimistic

Inter went into Sunday night's home meeting with Bologna eager to atone for a 3-0 Europa League defeat at Tottenham but it was not to be, as a solitary Alberto Gilardino strike handed Bologna a 1-0 win.

A deflated Stramaccioni watched his side slip to fifth in the Serie A table amid a chorus of boos and whistles, with Inter president Massimo Moratti yet to issue his coach with a public vote of confidence.

The 37-year-old remains confident, however, that Inter can catch third-placed AC Milan and qualify for next season's Champions League.

He told inter.it: "There are still 10 matches to play, we're not quite performing as we'd like at the moment but there are still 10 games left.

"We were lucky not to concede in the first half when Bologna deserved to score. Yet their goal came in the second half when we were playing at a higher tempo.

"We're obviously not having the best time of it but, as I've said, there are still 10 games to play.

"It's a tight league where every side can cause you problems. There are still 10 matches to go, we can and we must do it."

Stramaccioni does not fear facing the sack ahead of Spurs' arrival in Milan for Thursday's second-leg encounter.

"I make mistakes just as everyone does, I think," he said. "Moratti's vote of confidence? I want to thank the president with results on the pitch.

"It's important now to win matches and show consistency, we can still do it. Yes, we've missed another opportunity but it's still on.

"It's better if we see where we are come the end of the season, it'd be a huge mistake to have a slump now.

"We're all angry and disappointed but we won't let it get us down."

Javier Zanetti's 600th Serie A appearance for Inter was not a night the Argentinian full-back will want to remember, but he shares some of his coach's optimism going into the season run-in.

"We needed a convincing performance from everyone," the 39-year-old said. "We all must try and give more.

"It's a tough time, you lose a bit of belief when things aren't going well, we now need this to end as soon as possible because it can't continue - we need to rediscover our confidence.

"We're working on it but it's not easy."

Bologna, meanwhile, reached 10th place thanks to a third consecutive win, having struggled to leave the bottom five for much of the season.

Rossoblu head coach Stefano Pioli told La Repubblica: "The quality of our results has really improved and that helps us believe in our own abilities.

"It would have been easy to stray from the right path here but instead we were excellent. The team now has great self-belief and that's clear for all to see."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

England boss Roy Hodgson sets his sights on winning Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has put England's awful World Cup display behind him and has set his sights on winning Euro 2016.

Malky Mackay apologises for offensive texts while Cardiff manager

Malky Mackay has issued an official apology for sending offensive text messages during his time as Cardiff manager.

Dutch Eredivisie: Ajax v PSV preview

Ajax hope to steal a march on title rivals PSV when the two sides clash at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday, live on Sky.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

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