LONDON – “I think Tottenham were better than Inter in more than one way. Physically, they’re the most difficult side we’ve had to face.” Those were Andrea Stramaccioni’s first words as he reflected on his team’s defeat in North London.
The coach went on: “Our main regret is that we didn’t make the most of those excellent chances we had with Alvarez and Palacio, because it would have left us with a better chance of qualifying. The early goal got Tottenham really buzzing and that’s exactly what we didn’t want to happen. It’s a shame because the game could have ended differently.”
Stramaccioni refused to write off Inter’s chances though: “We must set out to win the return leg. Football is a strange game and you never know. Inter have pulled off similar comebacks in the past, although as I said we really found it hard to cope with them physically in the box. We tried to prevent them from getting on the ball between the lines but they still managed to do what they’re good at. Right from the start we’ve shown that this is an important competition for us but unfortunately we went into the match with very few options available to us and some players not yet in top shape. However, credit to Tottenham all the same.”
The coach was also asked if he and Cassano have made up completely or just signed a truce: “We don’t need to make peace, it’s all in the past. He played tonight and went about the task at hand. Now we just have to keep going on Inter’s path.” Stramaccioni concluded.