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Stramaccioni delighted with derby victory

SoccerNews in Serie A 9 Oct 2012

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Andrea Stramaccioni has underlined the importance of Inter’s win over arch rivals AC Milan in Sunday’s derby.

A single Walter Samuel strike early in the match was enough for Inter to gain the three points, and Stramaccioni feels that the tough circumstances give their victory even more value.

“Was the victory over Milan a six-pointer? It would have been had we won normally, but I think it’s worth three wins considering how we stood up with 10 men to AC Milan’s attacks on our goal and – in my opinion – suffered less than we perhaps should have,” Stramaccioni told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.

“It was a great result of course, even more so when you consider how the game went.

“Playing the entire second half with 10 men forced us to show the ability and mental strength we have here at Inter and that bodes well for the future.”

The Inter coach also had his say on Fredy Guarin, who has recently been criticised, and stressed that the Colombia international is a key figure.

“He’s an important player, a terrific investment, he’s got strength and quality.

“He’s definitely not overweight but he’s very well-built, which gives him power. He might look laboured in tight areas but that’s just his natural body shape.”

Guarin has made 13 official appearances for Inter this term, scoring once.

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