Feb 14, 2013 at 8.05pm UK at ​San Siro
Inter Milan
2-0
CFR Cluj
FT

Andrea Stramaccioni praises Mateo Kovacic display

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni on the touchline during the match against Roma on January 23, 2013
© PA Photos
Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni says that Mateo Kovacic did exactly what was asked of him in his first start for the club.

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has praised midfield starlet Mateo Kovacic for his performance in last night's 2-0 win over CFR Cluj.

The Nerazzurri triumphed at the San Siro thanks to a brace from Rodrigo Palacio, and are now in control of their Europa League last-32 tie ahead of next week's return leg in Romania.

The Croatian was making his first start since joining the club from Dinamo Zagreb during the January transfer window.

"Kovacic is clearly a player with great quality and everyone can see why we invested in him," Football Italia quotes the 37-year-old as saying.

"He immediately realised what I wanted from him, to be a deep-lying playmaker. He is a humble lad and it's up to me to help him settle."

Kovacic cost Inter £12.9m.

Related Video
Premier League
League Cup
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
11.30am
Cagliari
vs
Hellas Verona
2pm
Atalanta
vs
Sampdoria
2pm
Cesena
vs
Udinese
2pm
Genoa
vs
Parma
2pm
Palermo
vs
Empoli
2pm
Sassuolo
vs
Lazio
5pm
Inter Milan
vs
Fiorentina
7.45pm
Torino
vs
Napoli
Bundesliga
2.30pm
Borussia M'bach
vs
SC Paderborn
4.30pm
Werder Bremen
vs
Wolfsburg
Ligue 1
1pm
Nantes
vs
Guingamp
4pm
Montpellier
vs
Nice
8pm
Monaco
vs
PSG
Eredivisie
11.30am
SBV Excelsior
vs
Heerenveen
1.30pm
Groningen
vs
ADO Den Haag
1.30pm
FC Utrecht
vs
Feyenoord
3.45pm
PSV
vs
Ajax
A-League
Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Juventus243857
2Roma241948
3Napoli241445
4Lazio241340
5Fiorentina241239
6Genoa24736
7Sampdoria24336
8Inter Milan24835
9AC Milan25534
10Torino24233
11Palermo24-133
12Sassuolo24-629
13Udinese23-528
14Empoli24-227
15AC Chievo Verona25-1225
16Hellas Verona24-1625
17Atalanta BC24-1423
18Cagliari24-1420
19Cesena24-2416
20Parma23-2710