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Nov 4, 2012

Stramaccioni demands respect from Juve

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has hit out at Juventus' 'lack of respect' after his side ended the league leaders' unbeaten run with a 3-1 away win.

• Serie A wrap

Stramaccioni admitted he had to overcome mind games from the Juventus camp ahead of the match, but applauded the response from Inter to move within one point of the reigning champions.

"I tried to prepare [for] the game in the best way possible and it's also annoying to hear sarcasm from Juve before the match on Inter's tactical approach," Stramaccioni told Sky Sport Italia. "At the final whistle perhaps Marotta might think differently. I just want respect.

"They were sarcastic comments about how I was 'tactically carefree' - we prepare games in every detail during training. Inter forced Juventus into real problems, who had dominated Italian football for the last two years. We won regardless of incidents, which I promised I won't talk about, so I think we deserve some respect."

Stramaccioni benefited from a tactical gamble by playing a 3-4-3, with Diego Milito netting a brace and Rodrigo Palacio sealing the win late in the match. The Inter boss refused to reveal his formation before the match, in a surprise move that even shocked the players.

"It was not a coup de theatre, but rather the best way of stopping Juve dominating for the whole 90 minutes," he said. "I think Inter did that, as we remained dangerous with the trident and caused them constant problems, which gave no reference points to the Juve defenders.

"That's the way I prepared and read the game. We could've lost of course, but that's just the way I chose to approach it. I knew full well I'd play 3-4-3. I thought Juventus would have an advantage by knowing our tactics beforehand, so why should I make it easier for them?

"Our strength is that we are versatile and have a basic approach that can then be adjusted for each individual situation. When I told the strikers I wanted to play this way, it perhaps surprised them too, but became an enormously motivating force and everyone stepped up.

"By lowering their right winger to control our trident, which is what we wanted, it created more space for us to cause them trouble down the left and fortunately we achieved it."

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