Inter coach under pressure

Last updated : 26 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

The former Valencia boss has already been the subject of much criticism this season after the departure of Ronaldo to Real Madrid, but until recently his side were top of Serie A and his critics had been silenced.

The latest criticism comes from within the club the ever reasonable chairman Massimo Moratti, who was unhappy with Cuper’s tactics for the clash with AC Milan.

"Cuper thought a lot about the team to field, so obviously he had his reasons. However the result proved he wasn't right. I felt we were going to lose the match, and this is why I didn't go into the locker-room at the end," said Moratti.

"When I saw the starting line-up it didn't appear to be the best team to play a derby with.

"The team was a bit risky, and it's a pity, because the game proved we could have brought the win home without too many problems.

"The problem we had on their left wing is probably the worst problem. Maybe Cuper could have done something there, I don't know, but what came out was something that made us lose the match.

"It was pretty obvious that on that wing there would have been problems. I understand Cuper's worries on the physical condition of the three Argentines, but this is a derby, and the players can get over small ailments through the energy such an important match hands them.

"We lost the match on our right wing."

Cuper chose to omit Argentinian internationals Hernan Crespo, Javier Zanetti and Matias Almeyda from his starting line-up.

More bad tactics on Wednesday please.

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