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.

Inter's Rodrigo Palacio celebrates his second goal in the Europa League match against CFR Cluj on February 14, 2013
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