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Stramaccioni slams Juventus

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has slammed Juventus for showing him a lack of respect after his side stunned the champions on Saturday.

Despite falling behind to Arturo Vidal’s opener, two goals from Diego Milito and a Rodrigo Palacio strike upset Juve, who saw their 49-game unbeaten run in the Serie A come to an end.

Speaking to reporters after the 3-1 win, Stramaccioni said he deserved more respect than he was shown by Juventus.

“I tried to prepare for the game in the best way possible and it is also annoying to hear sarcasm from Juve before the match on Inter’s tactical approach,” he said.

“At the final whistle perhaps (Juventus sporting director) Beppe Marotta might think differently. I just want respect.

“They were sarcastic comments about how I was ‘tactically carefree’ – we prepare for games in every detail during training.”

After much speculation before the game, the 36-year-old opted for an adventurous 3-4-3 formation.

Stramaccioni believes the result proved his tactics were spot on as Inter underlined their title credentials.

“I knew full well I’d play 3-4-3,” he said.

“Inter forced Juventus , who have dominated Italian football for the last two years, into real problems.

“We won regardless of incidents, which I promised I will not talk about, so I think we deserve some respect.”

Inter are just a point behind league leaders Juventus after their win, and Stramaccioni said the victory would send a message to the rest of the Serie A.

“This result will send a signal, as we came here to the Juventus Stadium against a team unbeaten in 49 rounds and attacked them with a trident,” he said.

“Juve keep talking about what happened on the pitch, on the pitch, on the pitch – well, Inter beat them on the pitch. Inter are growing and that is the important thing.”

Juventus assistant coach Angelo Alessio said he was proud of his team and believes his side will have no problems bouncing back.

“Unfortunately we lost after 49 games, but Inter took their chances and we didn’t,” he told Sky Sports Italia.

“The fact it was against Inter won’t leave any scars, as we played well and had several opportunities to double our lead in the first half.

“We struggled a little from the penalty onwards, but remain proud of these players who were unbeaten in 49 and it’s just a pity about this game. We must look forward.

“We have to thank our fans for applauding right to the end and I’m sure there will be no psychological blow back.”

Sun 4 Nov, 2012
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