Stramaccioni hails 'big club' mentality

Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni says his side "showed the character of a big club" as they emerged 1-0 victors over city rivals AC Milan on Sunday.

Handanovic had a hand to it.

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Walter Samuel scored the early and only goal for 10-man Inter who had to defend for their lives following Yuto Nagatomo's dismissal in the 48th minute for two yellow cards.

After the match, Stramaccioni admitted he was impressed at the way his team approached the game as well as how they responded to being a man down.

"I think we did well in two areas in particular. First, the way we approached the game, something we'd worked a lot on," he said on the club's website.

"We wanted to begin the game strongly and that was the best start we've made this season in terms of tempo.

"The second aspect which pleased me was how we reacted to being a man light after Nagatomo was sent off. We managed to prevent AC Milan from just playing the ball about on the edge of our penalty area, something they're very good at.

"These are the two most satisfying aspects of our performance tonight [Sunday].

"We showed the character of a big club."

Inter's win over AC Milan puts them fourth in the Serie A table.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again. Let's not worry too much about the table, what matters is the progress these lads make, both psychologically and in terms of organisation. I think the fact we conceded so little space this evening is a sign of mental strength. These days it's very tough to play when you're a man down."

Inter are four points behind Juventus and Napoli at the top on 19 points.



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