Internazionale vs. Roma  1 - 3


Zeman fancies Roma chances

2 September 2012 11:42

Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has called on his team to bounce back from an opening-day draw and win against Inter Milan on Sunday.

The capital club were held to a 2-2 draw by the Catania on the opening day of Serie A last week and face an Inter side that tops the standings in the early stages of the season.

Despite the early setback, Zeman maintained that his team could match it with league's best and is unperturbed by the threat posed by a league powerhouse such as Inter.

"(Inter) have said goodbye to a number of players who helped to write the club's recent history," the 65-year-old told

"Nothing in particular (worries me about Inter), because what I'm interested in is that my team will go to Milan and try and win the game.

"I think we held back a bit too much against Catania. I want the team to go for it tomorrow. Inter are a big team but we have to try and cause them problems without waiting for them to come at us."


Stramaccioni grateful for Roma stint

2 September 2012 11:22

Andrea Stramaccioni insists he will not be motivated by revenge when Inter Milan host Roma in Serie A on Sunday.

The Inter coach enjoyed a successful stint at the helm of Roma's youth team before moving to Milan earlier this year.

But Stramaccioni said he would not be in his current position at Inter without the experience he gained at Roma.

"I don't want to get any revenge on Roma because I'm here and I'm Inter manager and it's thanks to the six years I was with Roma," he said.

"I started my career as a coach, even if only in the youth sector, with the Roma jersey, so I would never think of getting revenge on them.

"I was sad when I went away, but that's normal. Then another part of my career began and this club and this city welcomed me greatly.

"I won't talk of revenge, but of course the desire to win is high, and not because we're facing Roma, but because we're Inter and we want the victory."

Inter beat Pescara 3-0 in their season opener last weekend and Stramaccioni believes he has a strong squad at his disposal for the rest of the campaign following the end of the transfer window.

"I think that Inter have been intelligent in the transfer market," Stramaccioni said.

"To be blunt, we probably lost some big players - such as Lucas (Moura) and (Ezequiel) Lavezzi - but I think we managed to put the bases to build a team that want to be at the top again."

Sao Paulo starlet Lucas and Napoli playmaker Lavezzi were both top transfer targets for Inter, but instead joined Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.


Stramaccioni happy with Inter activity

1 September 2012 18:46

Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni said he has been pleased with the Serie A club's transfer window activity.

The likes of Julio Cesar and Maicon, both key figures in the Nerazzuri's treble-winning campaign two years ago, have departed for new pastures, but the young coach is nonetheless pleased with how his new-look squad is shaping up.

"I think we've acted smartly in the transfer market," the 36-year old stated ahead of his team's clash with Roma.

"Sure, we might have missed out on a big signing such as Lucas or Lavezzi, but I think we've laid the foundations of an Inter side that will become great.

"We have rid ourselves of 40 million euros worth of salary costs."

Stramaccioni began his career with upcoming opponents Roma, but insisted he will approach the game like any other.

"I will not seek any revenge," the capital native added.

"For me it will be a lot like the others, it's normal.

"For me personal ties and friendships are important. Tomorrow is Inter-Roma however, and we have to be ready for a great team."

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
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