Stramaccioni proud of Mourinho comparisons

The Nerazzurri coach has welcomed his club president's words of praise, but insisted that he has a long way to go before he matches the Portuguese tactician
Andrea Stramaccioni has admitted that he was proud to have Inter president Massimo Moratti compare him to former boss Jose Mourinho.

The San Siro side have started the Serie A season fairly strongly, and currently sit in fourth place, just four points behind early leaders Juventus.

The 1-0 derby triumph over AC Milan on Sunday led Moratti to liken his coach to the Champions League-winning trainer, but the 36-year-old is adamant that he still has progress to make.

"I've very proud of what the president said," the former Primavera boss told Radio Anch'io Lo Sport. "I can only smile at the comparison because I'm a nobody, while Mourinho has won everywhere that he has gone.

"I feel fortunate to have caught the attention of a club like Inter, first with the youth team, and Moratti was following the Primavera and appointed me.

"That's why I work every day on the training pitch to try and repay his faith in me. I'm happy at the moment, but I need to stay grounded because there is a long way to go."

Stramaccioni went on to praise the development of centre-back Andrea Ranocchia, who has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts during his short tenure at San Siro.

He enthused: "It's not down to me, it's down to him. I remind him that I'm the same coach who didn't pick him last year!"