Stramaccionis pressconference: “Coutinho, Garritano & Livaja are the future”
After the Silezio Stampa after the game against Cagliari, today Andra Stramaccioni has spoken to the press in Russia because the media blackout doesn’t concern Europa League. This is what he said today.
“I have enough faith in my team to be able to rest my best players. Even though we haven’t brought our biggest names, I still think that our players will do well tomorrow evening. We have great respect for Rubin Kazan and we know that they are a big team, but we always play to win.”
Stramaccioni wants to underline the importance of the place in the group the team will finish but he also wants to give credit to the younger players whom have flown to Russia.
“Because we are already qualified for the next round, we can play tomorrow without press. The younger players will play tomorrow and prove what a great job our academy has already produced.”
He then continues to praise the opposing coachBerdyw, and then gets the question about the players that are not brought along.
“I have great respect for Berdyw, he is one of the best in Europe. No Cassano or Milito? Palacio is more of an expert and Coutinho, Garritano and Livaja are the living proof that we are working for the future. Their coach will giev us the same difficulties as they gave us in Milan, so we will try to keep up.”
Our head coach also explains whyNagatomo is not in the team but still wants to talk about our younger players.
“He has travelled a lot the last few days, but he is training today along with Cassano. Tomorrow we will have ten players at our disposal that are under 21 and some of them will also be in the starting line-up.”
It has been a tough schedulethis fall considering all the away games in Europe.
“We knew already after the draw that we would have three long journeys ahead of us but we have already played two of them. Rubin? They are an opponent of high class. Inter are going through a difficult period right now, many games will be played without three experienced defenders and another five midfielders. Nonetheless we still managed to keep our character and lever lost sight of our identity.”
Finally he spoke about the many changes before this away game in Europa League.
“Tomorrow we will let the younger players play, then I think from the round of 16 and forward it will be hard to make to many changes in the starting line-up. At the beginning of the campaign we chose to switch many players, but now we have no choice but to rest many players from the regular starting line-up.”