Inter's Stramaccioni congratulates players despite home draw with Genoa

The Nerazzurri boss was happy that his team managed to claim a point at the Giuseppe Meazza in spite of the fact that a number of key first-teamers were barely fit to play
Inter's Andrea Stramaccioni has congratulated his players for their efforts in the 1-1 draw with Genoa and hailed their 'magnificent response' after conceding late in the game,

The 36-year-old revealed that Esteban Cambiasso and Walter Gargano were only just declared fit to play, which, according to the trainer, significantly hindered the Nerazzurri's efforts.

"We knew that we were in a difficult situation. We had a couple out there who were not properly fit, like Gargano who had a swollen ankle and Cambiasso, who was passed fit at the last minute," Stramaccioni is quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"I still want to congratulate the lads though. You have to remember that we conceded with a quarter of an hour to go, then left the pitch disappointed not to have won. We showed a magnificent response.

"Now we need to take a complete break from it all and come back ready to start again strongly."

Following today's result, Inter are fourth in Serie A, tied on 35 points with Fiorentina in third place, but behind la Viola on goal difference.