Inter looking to build on good start

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 12:29 BST

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni is hoping his side can continue their promising start to the season when they host Roma at the San Siro on Sunday.

Andrea Stramaccioni: This is a good moment for Inter

The Nerazzurri advanced to the Europa League group stage last night after a battling 2-2 draw at home to Vaslui completed a 4-2 aggregate success.

That result built on the opening weekend of Serie A action which saw Inter cruise to an impressive 3-0 win at Pescara.

And Stramaccioni has urged his players to maintain the momentum against Zdenek Zeman's men.

"This is a good moment for us, we're all close together, we're very determined but we have to keep improving," he told the club's official website, www.inter.it.

"We know it's not all going to be downhill. We have a massive game on Sunday - not decisive but very important."

AC Milan opened up with a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Sampdoria but have strengthened this week with one arrival, that of striker Bojan Krkic on a season-long loan from Roma, and they will hope to register their first points at Bologna.

The former Barcelona man is determined to make the most of his opportunity with the Rossoneri.

"It wasn't an easy year in Rome, but I learned a lot. I want to do well and help the team. I want to stay after the loan period," he told www.acmilan.com.

"I didn't play much for Roma and arriving here at Milan is a step forward for me. I'm here to stay and I didn't hesitate to say 'yes'."

Defending champions Juventus overcame another difficult summer by easing past Parma 2-0 in Turin last weekend and will look to make it six points from six when they go to Udinese.

The weekend's action starts on Saturday when Torino host Pescara in a clash between two newly-promoted sides before Milan's clash with Bologna.

On Sunday, Napoli - arguably the opening-weekend's star performers after a resounding 3-0 victory at Palermo - host Fiorentina who this week reacted angrily to being snubbed by striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The Viola thought they had snared the Bulgarian only for him to turn them down in favour of remaining in England.

A club statement read: "As for the player, despite his characteristics and his technical merit, at this point we are happy that he did not come to Fiorentina. He did not deserve our city and our shirt and the values it represents."

Elsewhere, Cagliari take on Atalanta, Genoa go to Catania, Parma host Chievo and Samp meet Siena.