Featured Matches
Previous
Seattle Sounders FC
Los Angeles
ESPN2 2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Richmond Kickers
Crystal Palace
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester United
Internazionale
Jul 29, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
Jul 29, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Norwich City
Nice
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Richmond Kickers
Crystal Palace
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Brøndby
Silkeborg IF
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AIK
Falkenbergs FF
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
BK Hacken
Djurgarden
5:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
Los Angeles
ESPN2 2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
All Boys
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Belgrano de Córdoba
Independiente
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Mar 19, 2012

Ranieri: Forlan did not refuse to come on

Inter Milan boss Claudio Ranieri insists Diego Forlan did not refuse to come off the bench during the team's 0-0 draw with Atalanta on Sunday.

Serie A Highlights: 18 March (UK/US/ROI only)

• Inter Milan 0-0 Atalanta

Ranieri had asked Forlan to come on as a substitute for Joel Obi out on the left, but ultimately it was Luc Castaignos who was introduced in the 77th minute.

Forlan had appeared unhappy when he was substituted during the recent Champions League tie with Marseille, but Ranieri has played down talk of a rift with the striker.

"He did not refuse to come on," Ranieri said. "I simply asked if he was prepared to do this specific tactical work on the left.

"He replied with great honesty: 'No, coach, if I do have to come on then I prefer to do it playing in another way.' So I opted not to introduce him, as I needed something else."

He added on Sky Sport Italia: "It was a tactical decision. During the week Diego and I spoke about ideas in football and about how we can understand each other's."

Inter are currently seventh in Serie A, seven points behind third-placed Lazio, and look unlikely to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Some believe Inter should have strengthened their squad in January to help their push for a top-three place, but Ranieri said: "There's no point you asking me about what the club did or didn't do in January.

"This is who we've got now and it's up to the coach to get as much out of them as possible. If I always field the best formation available it's because I can't do any differently."

On the sale of Thiago Motta to Paris St Germain, he added: "You can't hold onto a player who calls the president every day to say he wants to leave."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.