LONDON –Everything is ready for Tottenham v Inter. Andrea Stramaccioni is also ready, and at the press conference on the eve of the match he explained: “We’re certainly coming into this important game with a peculiar injury situation. We’re trying to get back as many players as we can for tomorrow, but we still can’t afford to risk those who aren’t quite fit yet. That’s why we have six Primavera players on the squad with us.”
Inter will face Tottenham once again. More than two years have passed since Rafael Benitez’s team played them, and Stramaccioni explained just how much different this current Nerazzurri side is: “I believe Inter kicked off an important project this season. It’s one of renewal after ending an era in which every possible trophy was won. Now the club and president are aiming to create another great era in our history. In this first season it’s certainly the case that our team consists of a combination of players who made history with the club as well as youngsters who represent our future. So far, taking into consideration the problems that we’ve had, the project is proceeding satisfactorily in the Europa League, and now we’re facing a very important game.”
“He’s here with us. He was called up as normal, trained with the team and tomorrow I’m certain he’ll play his part, either as a starter or a sub. There are no problems at all now,” stated Stramaccioni in regard to Antonio Cassano.
He then focused on analysing the opponents: “I believe Tottenham are not just a physically strong team, but also a group with quality and one that plays excellent football. And despite the fact that he started with a strong foundation, you can see the good work that André Villas-Boas has done. He deserves a lot of credit for the growth of this team. Bale is becoming, and already is, one of the most complete players in Europe; in addition to his fantastic talent, he’s showing himself to be consistently decisive, which is what separates a good player from a great champion. But Inter have great champions too. We have a lot of respect for Bale, Lennon and Defoe, but we have our own champions, so I think Tottenham have respect for Inter as well. There’s mutual respect, but not fear. Is there a special plan to stop Bale? It’s important stay very alert. We know that right now we don’t have many possibilities to make changes, for reasons I’ve already explained. Bale is a player to be reckoned with, but I believe tomorrow’s game is Tottenham v Inter, not Bale v Inter. I say this out of respect for the entire team we’ll be facing.”