The Inter Milan boss spoke ahead of Sunday's big Serie A clash, saying that his comment about AC Milan being the favorite was taken out of context.
The Nerazzurri coach masterminded a 4-2 victory over AC Milan at the end of last season, but he insists that this time around it will be different, although he hopes that his side can prepare in detail.
"Milan are favorites? [It] was a joke," Stramaccioni said in a press conference, backtracking on a comment made earlier in the week. "It's hard to believe one of the teams [to be a] favorite. We are only at the seventh day [of the season] and both teams have changed a lot this year. Inter comes into play always [aiming] to win. The important thing is to prepare for the game in detail and that there is harmony between players and coach.
Stramaccioni also spoke about Philippe Coutinho, with the young Brazilian finally making his mark for the 2010 European champions.
"I never had any doubts about his performance," Stramaccioni said. "Often we forget that he just turned 20 years old, and it is normal to go through a program of maturing. That he is about to marry gives further stability and serenity. It's up to me to put in [help] to do well."