Inter’s coach explains club’s injury crisis

Drew Farmer Date:15th April 2013 at 1:09pm
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Sunday’s 2-0 scoreline against Cagliari not only saw Inter lose the match, but two more key players.

Full-back Yuto Nagatomo and midfielder Walter Gargano both went off with injuries. They join a growing list of players that already includes Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano.

Following Sunday’s loss, coach Andrea Stramaccioni was asked to give a reason why so many players have been injured.

“Some players, such as Gargano, Palacio and Cassano, had to play every game because of injuries to others,” the coach argued. “If Inter were to play the Europa League again, we’d make different assessments to the ones we made.

“You need to prioritise when your squad is a bit thin. We had 14 players who could play today and now we’ve lost another two.

“It’s a cursed season and if you add in the bad luck we’ve had with the refereeing, it all becomes so much more difficult.

“We were right up there, then our problems began when we lost key players. I’ve always admitted my mistakes though because I think you should have the courage to take responsibility.”

Stramaccioni continues to remain under imminence pressure as coach of the Nerazzurri. Inter have only won four times since the New Year and were dumped out of the Europa League by English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The club also continue to slip down the table and are currently seventh, one point from the Europa League spot held by Lazio.

Inter will contest the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal this week against Roma. The Nerazzurri trail the capital club two goals to one.