Stramaccioni hoping for Inter mercy

The beleaguered coach has once more pointed to the Nerazzurri's injury problems this term and has remained coy on his future
Andrea Stramaccioni feels it would be unfair to judge Inter without taking their injury problems into consideration after they finished the 2012-13 campaign in ninth position.

The Giuseppe Meazza side were beaten 5-2 by Udinese on Sunday evening to bring a disappointing season to an end, but Stramaccioni has stressed that circumstances made it very difficult for Inter to live up to expectations.

"Results matter in football and we've done badly in the last two months. But it's impossible not to consider what's happened to us in any assessment of the team. Not only for me but for the players," Stramaccioni told reporters.

"We've had to play people out of position, field a string of youngsters, had five centre-backs out through injury.

"What matters most now is that we don't get anything wrong in building the new Inter. Everything is in the head and the words of our president. I think [Massimo] Moratti has very clear ideas about how to rebuild and from tomorrow he'll be working on that.

"The most important thing we can do now is turn the page on a very negative season in which all sorts of things have happened."

The 37-year-old then briefly discussed his own future at the club and remained coy on whether he will remain in chage of Inter.

"Have I been officially confirmed? I can't speak for Moratti, it's only right that he should be the one to speak, though I know because he's told me of course."