Stramaccioni confident for Inter
Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has hit back at criticism of his side and says they can qualify for the Champions League after Wednesday's 3-1 win over Udinese.
Stramaccioni, 36, was called in to help after Claudio Ranieri was axed after a horror run, and has helped them pick up 11 points in their last five games. Indeed, the Nerazzurri now find themselves just three points behind third-placed Lazio and could be back in the lucrative Champions League with a good end of the season.
"Winning at Udinese is never easy," he told Sky Sport Italia. "They were in a good moment, but we had a great display.
"We have collected 11 points in the last five matches, so we are there in the Champions League race. But we have to think about our next match against Cesena [on Sunday]."
The former Inter youth team coach has been boosted by players who have struggled for form under Ranieri, and he believes the players deserve credit for Inter's recent resurgence.
"Our players have been working really hard, what they showed today [Wednesday] was a great response," he added. "I would like to tell those who have criticised Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic and Esteban Cambiasso through the media - they should count to 100 first."