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The Roman is a relative coaching novice but the Argentine insists that he and his team-mates hold a high regard for the man who led the club's Primavera to NextGen Series glory

Walter Samuel has insisted that Inter's players have the utmost respect for new boss Andrea Stramaccioni.

The 36-year-old Stramaccioni has no previous coaching experience at the highest level and was in charge of the Nerazzurri's Primavera team this time last week.

However, he is now at the helm at one of the biggest clubs in world football, having succeeded Claudio Ranieri as coach on Monday, and Samuel claims that every member of the star-studded Inter squad has been impressed by what they have seen of the Roman thus far.

"We have respect for Stramaccioni. Great respect," the 34-year-old centre-half told Inter Channel.

"We respect his work and want to do well. Now I hope we can start winning again right away, then take it one game at a time.

"This squad deserves to be much higher up the table than we are now."

Stramaccioni's first outing as coach comes against Genoa at San Siro on Sunday and Samuel admits that he is wary of the threat posed by the Gialloblu, though the defender is in an optimistic frame of mind ahead of the game.

"Rodrigo Palacio and Alberto Gilardino are strong and in good shape, but we have to focus on playing well and getting the result," the former Real Madrid man argued.

"I feel in good shape and my injuries are behind me now. Playing consistently helps you to recover your form and now we’ve all got to get back to winning ways."

Inter's clash with Genoa at the Giuseppe Meazza kicks off at 15.00CET.

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