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Sunday December 2 2012
Strama: 'I choose on Sneijder'

Andrea Stramaccioni admits Inter had some luck to beat Palermo and insists the club is not ‘bullying’ Wesley Sneijder.

The Nerazzurri scraped to a 1-0 victory thanks to Santiago Garcia putting through his own net.

“At a time like this when we are not at our best, I liked the attitude of the team and the consistent performance,” said the Coach.

“In the second half we dipped in form again, then the goal made it all easier. We have specific characteristics and a structure that has to feed the strikers. Diego Milito just about passed a fitness test to be here and gave his contribution.

“We played as well as we could right now, allowing Palermo only long-range efforts and that is an important sign.

“I replaced Milito with Fredy Guarin because we were too crammed into the Palermo box and I wanted to create some space with a player further away from the area. Thankfully it went well. Antonio Cassano has different characteristics to Philippe Coutinho, so we couldn’t take the same approach we had against Juventus.”

Stramaccioni had said in Saturday’s Press conference that Sneijder was available, but then did not call him up amid a contract dispute. Inter have declared he won’t play again until he agrees to lower his wages, which has prompted some to suggest they are ‘bullying’ or even ‘blackmailing’ the Dutchman.

“In the current situation, I am deciding not to call Sneijder. He knows that. In other times, my appreciation for him as a player has been unequivocal and our personal rapport is also excellent, so I hope he can return.

“I must make choices that have nothing to do with his contract. Tomorrow there will be a meeting and I hope it’ll go well.

“Everyone must remember that Inter come before everything else. As for ‘bullying,’ I have a law degree and can tell you this situation does not qualify for breach of contract.”

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