Stramaccioni: It was a great performance against Bologna

Stefano Pioli's side could do nothing to prevent the Nerazzurri from continuing their fine form as the Milanese outfit keep in touch with Juventus
Inter Milan recorded a fifth consecutive win in Serie A lifting them, for the time being, above Napoli into second spot and to within four points of the top of the table.

The Nerazzurri were in fine form as they overcame Bologna 3-1, and coach Andrea Stramaccioni praised his players for their performance at the Renato Dall'Ara.

"We struggled at the start of both halves and Bologna showed a lot of spirit, but I liked what I saw from Inter," Stramaccioni told Inter's official website. "We were solid and organised, and gave little away from open play.

"In my opinion it was a great performance. We are moving forward, and I am pleased with the progress we are making."

He added: "I'm trying to do my part. I'm proud to be Inter's coach. When a team wins eight away matches it's a sign of unity. It means that we are focused and motivated."

Stramaccioni is unwilling to look ahead to the 2010 Champions League winners' match against Juventus, however, as he said: "We play Sampdoria first, let us not forget that. "