Cup success vital for Stramaccioni's future
A place in the Coppa Italia final is not the only thing riding on Inter Milan's match against Roma on Wednesday.
With their Serie A title bid all but over, the cup appears to be Inter's only chance of silverware this season and perhaps Andrea Stamaccioni's only hope of keeping his job.
Reports suggest the Inter coach is on the way out but Stramaccioni said he doesn't think his job will depend solely on Wednesday's result.
"At the end of June the president will analyse the whole season and judge it, but I don't think that my future will depend on tomorrow's game," Stramaccioni said.
"My future and everyone else's future will be judged at the end of June for what we did over a year and not from tomorrow's game."
Trailing 2-1 after the first leg of the semi-final in Rome, Inter return to the comforts of the San Siro, albeit with a growing injury list.
Walter Gargano and Yuto Nagatomo were both hurt in the weekend loss to Cagliari, joining a host of others in the treatment room.
"There's no need to talk about the emergency situation we're in and we've been in it for a while, with a lot of injured players, and we have never used it as an excuse and we won't begin to use it as an excuse now," he said.
Inter failed to beat to beat Roma in three clashes this season and Stramaccioni sees the cup semi-final as the perfect opportunity to right that wrong.
"We are aware of Roma's ability, one of the few teams we have not managed to beat this season, even when we had all our resources and players.
"It will surely be a tough game, but we're ready and determined to upset everyone that does not see us as the favourites to make the final."
The winner will face Lazio in the final on May 26.