Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini made light of the fight between Vieira and Mihajlovic, and focussed on using the team’s momentum in Moscow.

After edging the Milan derby, the Nerazzurri take on Spartak in Moscow, in a match that is crucial for their qualification for the knock-out stages.

“In the first game against Spartak we did some good things and some that were not so good,” Inter coach Roberto Mancini said in the press conference on the eve of the game. “So we will have to focus on the positive things about that game.”

Asked about the possible starters, he spoke of Grosso, Ibrahimovic and Crespo: “Grosso has recovered well, while we shall have to see about Ibrahimovic and the others who participated in the derby.

“With Milan Crespo was supposed to play only an hour, however, considering that other players got injured during the game he had to play the whole match, so tomorrow he might start from the bench.”

As for the synthetic pitch, he remained neutral: “I’m not sure if it will be a disadvantage for us. It will be the first time so we will see, however I don’t think it will be a great problem.”

Mancini then spoke about the praise heaped on his side after the derby, even by Inter owner Massimo Moratti: “I think that after a game like Saturday’s everyone is happy about the victory, but now we must think about tomorrow’s game because we have to progress in the Champions League as well.

“Am I under pressure? That’s the life of a coach, when you win you are good while if you lose you are an idiot. That’s not just with Inter, but with football in general. Mihajlovic and Vieira had words? There were nerves at the end of the game. That’s normal because the last 20 minutes were full of tension. But at Inter we are a bit special, we fight even after winning a derby, – he joked – the important thing is that the next day you talk about it and then it’s over, full stop.”

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