Internazionale vs. Atalanta  3 - 4

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Inter primed for Cagliari, says Stramaccioni

13 April 2013 19:41

Andrea Stramaccioni says Inter have put last week's controversial defeat to Atalanta behind them ahead of Cagliari on Sunday.

The Milanese giants crumbled to a 4-3 reverse at the hands of Atalanta, but the result was promptly followed by an angry post-match outburst from their coach who felt that a 'non-existent' penalty inspired their opponents' comeback.

But when asked about the refereeing appointment of Domenico Celi for the trip to Trieste, Stramaccioni made it clear that his players were no longer dwelling on the past and had no concerns about their attitude towards the official.

"We're talking about a group of professionals here, so I think the referee will be perfectly calm," the 36-year-old said at a press conference.

"The penalty came at a time when we were in control of the game. We lost our way after the penalty and in the ten minutes that followed we lost the game.

"We were shaken up and conceded two goals which proved to be fatal. I never said anything about referees doing things in good or bad faith and for me the matter was already closed the day afterwards."

Stramaccioni then assured that Inter would give it their 'best shot' in the Serie A run-in, despite their hopes of Champions League football next season seemingly all-but-over with an eight-point deficit to make up.

"Now we must concentrate on performing well as a team and I don't think there'll be any problem there," he added.

"For me and the players it all ended on the day of the match. We're focused on doing our jobs. There are lots of games still to play and we want to give it our best shot."

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Samuel annoyed by inconsistent Inter

12 April 2013 19:17

Inter Milan defender Walter Samuel has lamented his side's inconsistent form this season which looks set to cost them a Champions League berth.

Inter find themselves eight points adrift of Milan, who sit in the all-important final Champions League place in third, and Samuel feels his team's form simply has not been good enough.

"We've lacked consistency. We could have won against certain teams, but didn't. Now we're kicking ourselves," the Argentine told Inter Channel.

"Coming third would have been a great achievement because this has been a year of great change. We mustn't look for excuses because we don't want to feel sorry for ourselves, but the fact that so much has changed means that we might have expected a difficult year.

"We wasted a good opportunity against Atalanta (a 4-3 loss last Sunday), we were winning but made mistakes at the back. Had we won that match we'd have still been in there."

Samuel also discussed the start of his Inter career, and how the Argentine presence within the squad helped him settle in the early days.

"When Inter came calling eight years ago I felt happy and proud because there was a bit of Argentinian history at this club, there had been - and indeed still are - many Argentines here," said the 35-year-old.

"When I came to Inter I wanted to show that I could play for a big club. I just like playing football, that's something you should never lose sight of, even when you reach the top level and the pressure increases."

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Moratti blasts game-changing penalty

9 April 2013 03:31

Inter president Massimo Moratti has hit out at the 'nonexistent' penalty conceded in Sunday's 4-3 defeat by Atalanta.

Inter were leading 3-1 with less than 30 minutes to play, but the controversial decision to award the visitors a spot kick sparked a comeback that saw the hosts lose to a 12-minute German Denis hat-trick.

"I'll only comment on the penalty. A penalty like that truly changes a match. It puts a team in a position in which they feel they don't matter," Moratti told reporters.

"With a nonexistent penalty that goes against you, everyone usually does things in good faith. Do I believe that was done in good faith? No."

The 67-year-old also hinted that Inter's failure to earn a penalty in their 20 outings goes beyond statistical logic.

"I believe 20 or 21 matches have passed since the last time we got a penalty in our favour. I think it's impossible not to have deserved one in 21 games," he added.


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Denis plays down San Siro heroics

8 April 2013 07:51

Atalanta striker German Denis has played down his hat-trick against Inter on Sunday, saying he is only doing his job.

The 31-year-old scored three goals in 12 minutes to help his side to an unlikely 4-3 victory at San Siro, having trailed 3-1 with just over half an hour to play.

"I just do what the coach asks of me and what we prepare in training. I have learned a lot since I arrived in this country because it is necessary to learn hard work," Denis told Sky Sport.

"Italian football is among the most difficult in the world and it is difficult to maintain your form."

Denis was eager not to get ahead of himself and insisted he did not feel entitled to more international caps for national side Argentina.

"It is hard because I need to be scoring twice the number of goals to compete with all the great players Argentina have," he said.

"But I am happy with the few times I could wear the Argentina shirt and play with so many great players."

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Stramaccioni fumes at ´non-existent´ penalty

8 April 2013 01:45

Inter Milan boss Andrea Stramaccioni has slammed referee Andrea Gervasoni for awarding a 'non-existent' penalty in his team's loss to Atalanta.

Inter were leading 3-1 with less than 30 minutes to play, but the controversial decision to award the visitors a spot kick sparked a comeback that saw the hosts lose 4-3 following a 12-minute German Denis hat-trick.

"Doubtful? Let’s just say non-existent," Stramaccioni told Sky Italia when asked about the penalty.

"We asked for five minutes what on earth it was for, but the referee took on a huge responsibility with this decision. The Atalanta players were going towards the corner, because they didn't see anything either.

"I don't think Gervasoni made a mistake. I think he took it upon himself to see something that did not happen. He took the responsibility for an event that did not exist.

"We thought it was (Andrea) Ranocchia's challenge, but it turns out it was a (Walter) Samuel handball, when it didn't hit his hand. It's incredible."

The 37-year-old also admitted that his side's Champions League aspirations have been scuppered by the loss.

"I don't think we can still aim for third place. We have lost an ugly game and will try to play every remaining match at our best in Serie A and the Coppa Italia," he said.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +47 87
2 38 +37 78
3 38 +28 72
4 38 +28 70
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +15 62
7 38 +9 61
8 38 +4 56
9 38 -2 54
10 38 -1 49
11 38 -12 47
12 38 -15 45
13 38 -6 44
14 38 -8 42
15 38 -17 40
16 38 -9 39
17 38 -14 38
18 38 -20 32
19 38 -21 30
20 38 -57 22