Stramaccioni: Inter can turn tie around
Inter Milan head coach Andrea Stramaccioni believes that his side can produce an unlikely comeback to overturn Tottenham Hotspur's formidable three-goal advantage in the UEFA Europa League.
Inter suffered a demoralising 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane last night, with goals from Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen ensuring the Italians have it all to do in the second leg of the last-16 encounter. Stramaccioni's men did rally from 2-0 down to beat Catania 3-2 in Serie A last weekend, though, and the young tactician is not ruling out a similar revival at the San Siro next week.
He told inter.it: "We've got the return leg to play and we have to try and win it. Football's a funny game and you never know. Inter have pulled off similar comebacks in the past, although as I said we really struggled to cope with them physically in the box.
"We tried to stop them getting on the ball between the lines but they still managed to do what they're good at. We've shown right from the start that we want to do well in the Europa League but unfortunately we went into the match with very few options available to us and several players weren't in top shape. Still, we must give Tottenham the credit they deserve."
Italy striker Antonio Cassano featured for Inter in north London, making his first appearance since falling out with his coach in a widely-publicised changing room bust-up. "There's nothing to make up, it's all in the past," Stramaccioni added. "He played tonight and got on with his job. Inter just need to concentrate on continuing on their path."
Veteran full-back Javier Zanetti feels the Milan giants sorely missed the services of his fellow Argentinian defender Walter Samuel, who has been sidelined through injury since January. The 39-year-old said: "We miss him a lot but we also miss others too.
"We've had to contend with a whole host of injuries that have forced the coach's hand in terms of team selection. We haven't got time to sit here feeling sorry for ourselves though, because there's another big match just around the corner. We have to immediately switch our attentions because we've got a massive game coming up on Sunday against Bologna."