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The Nerazzurri boss has stressed that Sunday's game was vital, while also taking the time to praise Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin

Andrea Stramaccioni has underlined the importance of Inter's win over arch rivals AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.

A single Walter Samuel strike in the opening stages of Sunday's game was enough for the Nerazzurri to gain the full three points, and Stramaccioni feels that the tough circumstances give their victory even more value.

"Was the victory over Milan a six-pointer? It would have been had we won normally, but I think it's worth three wins considering how we stood up with 10 men to AC Milan's attacks on our goal and - in my opinion - suffered less than we perhaps should have," Stramaccioni stated to Radio Anch'io Lo Sport.

"It was a great result of course, even more so when you consider how the game went. Playing the entire second half with 10 men forced us to show the ability and mental strength we have here at Inter and that bodes well for the future."

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The Inter coach also had his say on Fredy Guarin, who has recently been criticised, and stressed that the Colombia international is a key figure at the Nerazzurri.

"He's an important player, a terrific investment, he's got strength and quality. He's definitely not overweight but he's very well-built, which gives him power. He might look laboured in tight areas but that's just his natural body shape."

Guarin has made 13 official appearances for Inter this term, scoring once in the process.

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