"President, directors, coach, team, fans: we're all together. And Yuto has learned the Bari dialect"

APPIANO GENTILE - "We can’t allow what happened to us in the last two games to happen again." Andrea Stramaccioni did not hesitate to stress this more than once during today’s press conference. And regarding Inter v Cagliari and president Massimo Moratti’s words after the match, he stated: "I think one of the loveliest things I see at Inter is how we’re all truly united. The president, directors, coach, team, fans; it’s all a close-knit group. Our thoughts are reflected in the president’s words. How is he feeling now? I heard from him today and he was very relaxed."

The Nerazzurri coach then went into detail when he was asked about the form of Alvaro Pereira: "I’m happy with him. I can’t remember seeing a player arrive in a new situation and immediately playing so well. In my opinion we singled out the best prospect on the market. He’s very important. I’m happy with Pereira and I’d take him again. Nagatomo? I decided not to take him to Kazan because he was one of the players who had done the most travelling for his national team and other things. He’s one of the players who has improved the most since I’ve been here and he can still become even better. And he’s also learned the Bari dialect perfectly… I think he’s also become a better man for that! [smiling] We’re holding on tight to him. The individual work that he’s doing with Beppe Baresi is also important. A good example of this is that last cross from the left. If he also becomes good with his left then he’ll be even more dangerous. He’s humble and he works hard."

Finally, the Inter coach was asked what he thinks about the increasing number of young coaches on the bench, as well as of the rise in the number of young players. Is this the right recipe? "I don’t know if it’s the right recipe for everyone, but it’s part of the project we started on 1 July: promoting our youth sector. In fact, one analysis we made with the president was that of getting the most out of our academy. I believe it’s a bit like that now all over Europe."

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