FIESOLE CALDINE –
Without looking for excuses, there were undoubtedly a few 'details'
that influenced today's Primavera Cup round-of-16 return leg at the
Poggiolini pitch in Fiesole, which Fiorentina won 6-5 after a penalty
shootout (0-0 after full time and after extra time). Inter U19 coach Andrea Stramaccioni offered this analysis at the end of
what was a splendid match: "I think Inter are improving, coming here to one of the most difficult grounds in
Italy and taking the game to them. Until we went a man down we were
in control of things. But even after the sending off we didn't change
our attacking mindset. Then in extra time we inevitably waned."
"We prepared for a different sort of game, attacking areas where we thought Fiorentina might struggle. The boys did that superbly," the coach continued. "It's not easy to come to Florence and boss things, especially if you consider all the players we have out with injuries and those on the pitch carrying knocks."
Bianchetti was shown a
second yellow card in the 55th
minute leaving his team-mates to battle on with a man less, which
Stramaccioni commented as such: "The first booking was given for
protesting and in my opinion rather too quickly, while I find it hard
to see how he can give the second card [for a foul on Babacar in the
centre of the pitch – Ed.]. I think that 10 minutes into the second
half, to show a player a second yellow it has to be fairly serious,
or at least stop a dangerous move. The decision had a huge influence on
how my team played. I would like to see how this game would have
finished with 11 against 11; the sending off forced us to remove an
attacking player so as not to lose the side's balance. But what I liked was the fact that we never dropped deep and always tried to attack. It was hard with eleven and extremely hard with 10. Personally, I can't be completely happy because I and we wanted to go through, but I must congratulate the lads - they were fantastic today."
Finally, there was a word on Raffaele Di Gennaro, who after a year and two days on the sidelines returned to the Primavera: "Di Gennaro is a fantastic lad off the pitch too and his return is very important. It's thanks to the work of doctor Combi and the medical team: they've given us back an important player."