The Nerazzurri's 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 Inter Milan's victory on Sunday to the whole squad after the club moved to within a point of second-place Napoli following a 2-0 win over Catania at San Siro.
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.
"I am happy with the defensive solidity shown by the side, and our hard work is evident in the recent run of results," Stramaccioni told reporters following the match. "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 Inter, 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 said. "I put [Joel] 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."
Obi reiterated his coach's views after the match when talking to Inter's official site, saying, "The coach gave me an important task. It's a good thing that it all went well, thanks in part to my teammates too."
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," Ranocchia said.