MILAN (AFP) -Former Inter Milan handler Andrea Stramaccioni has admitted the challenge of toppling his former club won’t be easy when he returns to the San Siro for the first time since his sacking last year.
Stramaccioni became the youngest coach in Serie A two years ago when he replaced Claudio Ranieri in March 2012, but was sacked by the end of the following season when Inter struggled to a ninth place finish.
After a solid start, his Udinese side have taken only two points from their last five games and have dropped to 9th, 16 points behind leaders Juventus.
A trip to Inter would always be a tough prospect for the northerners, but they face a side that is beginning to find its feet under new coach Roberto Mancini.
Stramaccioni, 38, believes Inter, who drew 1-1 with Milan in the city derby two weeks ago, showed plenty of improvement even in a 4-2 defeat away to Roma last week.