Stramaccioni: All the players deserve credit for Catania win

The Inter coach claims that the unity of the team is being shown in the results of the San Siro outfit, a notion supported by Joel Obi and Andrea Ranocchia
Andrea Stramaccioni dedicated his side's victory on Sunday to the whole of his squad after they moved to within a point of second-placed Napoli following their 2-0 win over Catania.

Antonio Cassano opened the scoring for a much-changed Nerazzurri, before Rodrigo Palacio secured the three points in the 85th minute with a superb strike, and the coach attributed the result to all of his players.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Stramaccioni said: "I am happy with the defensive solidity shown by the side, and our hard work is evident in the recent run of results.

"Antonio Cassano certainly played an important part in the win, but I think it is fair to say that this win represents all the players."

It was a fourth consecutive victory in Serie A for the Giuseppe Meazza outfit, and Stramaccioni explained his team selection and why he had changed the shape of a winning side.

"We wanted to send a signal that Inter could win this game playing in a very attacking style, with three strikers and a muscular midfield," he added.

"I put Obi on the left to control [Alejandro] Gomez, as I noticed that he tends to suffer when faced with left-footed players who can stop him more easily as he tries to cut in on his stronger foot."

And Joel Obi reiterated his coach's views after the match when talking to Inter's official site: "The coach gave me an important task. It's a good thing that it all went well, thanks in part to my team-mates too."

Meanwhile, Andrea Ranocchia joined his boss in claiming that it was a team victory.

"We worked hard, even those who had international duty during the week. We were feeling good both physically and mentally and we showed it," the defender concluded.