Stramaccioni proud of Inter comeback
Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni praised his side's resolve after their dramatic 3-2 victory over Catania on Sunday.
Stramaccioni's men found themselves two goals down after less than 20 minutes in Catania, but two goals from Rodrigo Palacio inspired a sensational turnaround.
It was an important win for Inter, one which lifted them into fourth, and Stramaccioni was delighted by the 'guts' his team showed.
"We started very badly, due in part to an amazing atmosphere here in Catania, and our opponents began very strongly," Stramaccioni told the club's website.
"We made a huge mistake on their first goal and on the free-kick with (Giovanni) Marchese getting up on his own, but if the team didn't have guts, there would have been no way of coming back.
"It was a huge win because we beat the form side in the league at the moment. It's even sweeter because I don't know if anyone would have backed us after the first half. In the end we deserved the win."
Palacio came off the bench to inspire his side to their dramatic victory, but Stramaccioni defended his decision not to start the Argentine attacker.
"A coach is not a journalist, so I'll remind you that (Palacio's) performance was good enough based on the service we provided him," he said.
"I left Palacio on the bench because we have lots of matches coming up and I have to manage that."
Antonio Cassano was dropped from the side following a reported training ground bust-up with Stramaccioni.
But the Inter coach dismissed the confrontation as part and parcel of a competitive dressing room.
"There's training tomorrow and Antonio will be there just like the rest of his team-mates," Stramaccioni said.
"And we'll prepare for Thursday's game. When will he be brought back in? There's no need to bring him back because he was never excluded in the first place. There can be heated discussions in any changing room.
"We'll need everyone between now and the end of the season and that includes Antonio Cassano, but what goes on in the dressing room is our business alone. These are all things that happen between men in a dressing room."
Meanwhile, Esteban Cambiasso believes the win over Catania could prove to be a vital moment in Inter's season.
"Can this be a key moment in our season? It was crucial because Catania would have gone above us. Now, though, it's positive, and it gives us confidence for the next few matches," the midfielder said.
"I'd say the squad is tight because you can only win a match like this if you are all together. I've learned that in Italy often a side that's on edge is a winning side.
"In football, people tend to talk too much about fitness, but often the psychological aspect counts for more. Now we hope to find consistency because, aside from Juventus, no other side has this strength."