After being handed his first start in Serie A by the Nerazzurri since returning from a couple of months out with a muscular problem, the Netherlands international failed to shine in his usual trequartista role behind in-form striking duo Diego Milito and Giampaolo Pazzini and was replaced by Ricardo Alvarez during the interval.
When asked about his substitution after the game by Sport1, Sneijder replied: "The coach's decision. I'll probably talk with him about it tomorrow."
Ranieri also addressed the issue in his post-match press conference and his explanation for the tactical change suggested that he is struggling to work out exactly what to do with Sneijder.
"He was not playing badly but I wanted to restore [defensive] security," he explained, alluding to the fact that Inter had been caught out on the break a number of times during the first half.
"We're still not developing well with 4-3-1-2 [and] we can express ourselves better with 4-4-2.
"Can he play in behind the forwards? We've said it many times before, he is a central player that must be free to make mistakes. He's a trequartista, he cannot be conditioned to play on the outside.
"He could play in a 4-4-1-1 but we must then strive to adapt well to a diamond [formation in midfield.
"We tried it [the diamond] today but we have seen again that the team didn't cope well with it: we were unable to press well and I changed it.
"In future we will try maybe with a 4-2-3-1, with [Diego] Forlan on the wing and Sneijder a bit behind the striker.
"We should try that because in the first half today we did not have the necessary solidity."
Sneijder was repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United last summer and this latest development could spark further speculation over a possible move to Old Trafford.
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