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Andrea Stramaccioni will field a vastly inexperienced side when Inter face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday in a match he declared to be "an important moment" for a number of young players.
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The Inter coach was speaking at a mandatory press conference ahead of the clash, breaking the club's self-imposed media silence in protest at perceived refereeing injustices this past weekend.
Stramaccioni named a travelling squad for the match from which he chose to rest senior stars including Samir Handanovic, Antonio Cassano, Diego Milito, Walter Samuel and Esteban Cambiasso, a decision made easy with the Nerazzurri already qualified for the next stage of the competition.
He said: "This match against Rubin is an important moment for our youth academy, where I come from myself, because it's an opportunity to see if some of these youngsters might be ready if they're called upon.
"Although we don't have all the big names here with us, I'm sure that the youngsters and the others who play tomorrow will do well. We've got ten lads here under the age of 21, some of them will definitely play. If in the early stage of the Europa League we made changes through choice, now we're doing it out of necessity.
"Since the draw was made we knew that we'd have three long away trips. We've done two and tomorrow we're up against Rubin, who are top-class opposition, the best in the group along with us. We'll give it a go tomorrow, but once we get to the knockout phase it will definitely be more difficult to change so many players because the team as a unit will be important."