Stramaccioni: Inter can still qualify for Champions League

The Nerazzurri boss has insisted that everything is still possible in the remaining five games of the 2011-12 campaign as he has set his sights on a third-place finish
Andrea Stramaccioni has stressed that Inter can still finish third in the Serie A table and secure qualification for next season's Champions League play-offs as they prepare for Wednesday's league game against Udinese.

The Nerazzurri currently sit seventh in the standings, trailing third-placed Lazio by six points, but their head coach is confident that they can still make European club football's elite tournament.

"Why shouldn't I believe it's possible? The lads believe it too, and the numbers back us up. Of course we must try to win against Udinese because a negative result would make it difficult for us," Stramaccioni said at a press conference.

"With five matches left to play we're six points behind Lazio and we still have to play them, we're three points behind Udinese and we're playing them, and between now and the end of the season all four teams battling with us for that Champions League spot have to play each other. 

"Inter have missed a series of opportunities, but they were situations which happened before I arrived; we're being punished for what happened before."

Wednesday's encounter at the Stadio Friuli kicks off at 15.00CET.