Inter Coach Rafael Benitez Admits Player Changes Were Forced Upon Him

Rafael Benitez has praised his Inter side for getting a point from their match against Juventus, despite several injuries.
Inter coach Rafael Benitez has showered praise upon his side, despite only a scoreless draw against Juventus in the Derby d'Italia.

Benitez says he could not field his ideal starting XI due to injuries, and it did not help that Jonathan Biabiany had to come off midway through the first half after sustaining a knock to his right leg.

"The team played well on Wednesday [against Werder Bremen in the Champions League], and the same side could have done the same this week. The only thing is that we lost Biabiany," Benitez told Sky post-match.

"The choices that were made reflected who we had available. Changing the team around does not make it easier. [Diego] Milito did his job, having two occasions to score, but he worked hard for the side.

Benitez also praised the work Philippe Coutinho did, playing on both sides of the pitch, as well as bemoaning the tactical change of moving Samuel Eto'o back onto the left.

"Coutinho is a wonderful, young talent. He does not have a defensive bone in his body, and can make a difference in attack," the former Liverpool coach said. "I was disappointed to move Eto'o onto the left, as he was doing so well as a centre-forward.

"It came down to the our strategy changing because of injury."

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