Interviewed exclusively by "Tuttosport" in view of Slavia Praga-Inter, Andrea Stramaccioni – former coach of the Nerazzurri and currently on the bench at the Esteghlal – analyzed the challenge, also focusing on the performance of two Nerazzurri players, Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Politano
SAGADRA OSTICA – Slavia-Prague-Inter will not be a walk for the Nerazzurri. That tonight, in fact, will be a very difficult game according to Andrea Stramaccioni , who in those parts has had the pleasure of coaching Sparta Prague, a rival of Slavia: " What Inter will find tonight in Prague will be a very, very warm environment . Over the past three years, Slavia has built an undisputed national leadership and is growing very much at European level, as shown by the results obtained even a year ago when in the Europa League it was eliminated only by Chelsea in the quarterfinals. Conte knew their value from the first leg, but the unprejudiced attitude with which Slavia took to the field at San Siro perhaps surprised everyone '.
BLOCKED – A player who could prove decisive is Romelu Lukaku . The Belgian striker has not yet found the goal in Europe, but according to Stramaccioni it is only a question of time: " The fact that Lukaku has not yet scored in the Champions League is only a coincidence: his qualities cannot be put into discussion. It will be decisive also in Europe, I am convinced of it ».
HIGH RHYTHMS – The team's physical crash in the last match against Borussia Dortmund is still debated, when after a masterful first half ended at 0-2, the team ran out of gas and got back up and down 3-2. According to Stramaccioni, the reason is the high European rhythms: " Inter's crash against Borussia Dortmund? Surely always using the same players over the ninety minutes, especially with European rhythms, can have a big impact. But I'm sure that the Nerazzurri, being that of Prague the first Champions League race after the break, will keep the field well throughout the race. To win, the game will have to be put on the rails of quality and continuity of offensive maneuver without granting lost balls and breaks that can ignite the stadium and create dangers in the spaces. And great attention on inactive balls and crosses in general, because the Slavia is skilled at attacking the area even with five or six players simultaneously and all skilled in the air game. Inter can win it in midfield , but an important test of the whole department will be needed ».
SPACCA-MATCHES – Finally a comment on Matteo Politano , a player that Stramaccioni himself was able to train at the time of Roma's youth team: « Certainly Matteo with the 3-5-2 has no natural specificity for his characteristics. However, in that module he can play safely both as a tip, and take over and can always affect. Because he has quality, intensity and can break the matches ».
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