By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Real Madrid coach had words of praise for the 36-year-old. In an earlier interview, the Portuguese had indicated that Stramaccioni was progressing well as a manager and he expressed his hope that the young Italian coach would replicate his achievements during Inter's treble-winning season one day.
"Did he really say that?" Stramaccioni enquired after the 3-0 loss to Rubin in the Europa League.
"He's something to aspire to for a young coach like myself and just being at the same club where he wrote history gives you the chance to listen to and learn from his experience.
"I hope I don't disappoint him."
On Thursday night, Stramaccioni could only watch on as Salomon Rondon stole the show after he came on as a substitute and scored two goals within the final ten minutes to make the scoreline seem unreasonably one-sided.
Despite fielding a second-string squad against Rubin, Inter were actually the better side in the game.
Inter were punished by the Russian side's clinical forwards although the goals came through rare attacking forays. Rubin goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov was actually the busiest player on the night as he had to deal with a number of attacks by the visiting side in the game.
"We deserved to draw," Stramaccioni was also quoted as saying on the club website.
"We couldn't believe we were talking about such a result. We came to a tough ground and the lads did really well for 70 minutes. We had a lot of youngsters out there today, the ninth player from our youth academy made his debut since I've been in charge.
"We started with an average age of 22 and a half and that can only be a good thing for Italian football.
"Against Atalanta and Cagliari at home we gave too much away to the opposition but we didn't do that at all today. Belec hardly touched the ball until the 86th minute.
"Still, we accept the result of the pitch. We'll go home now and focus on Parma."