Figo: Stramaccioni is a quality coach and Moratti is number one

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Figo: Stramaccioni is a quality coach and Moratti is number one

Luis Figo has applauded Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni and president Massimo Moratti for their positive work in turning around the side's season over the past month.

The Nerazzurri struggled under Gian Piero Gasperini and Claudio Ranieri, but the arrival of the Primavera boss has improved the team's fortunes, as they now find themselves level on points in the fight for the last Champions League qualifying spot.

Now, Figo has recognized the qualities Stramaccioni has brought to the Inter hot seat, and also praised Moratti for making the bold decision to appoint the 36-year-old.

"I think Stramaccioni has the qualities needed to manage a team," Figo told Inter Channel. "In football, age does not matter, the important thing is being prepared for the task at hand, and he is proving successful. It will always be a pleasure for me to say that I had Moratti as a president and that I can count him as a friend. For me, he is a number one."

Figo then reflected on Inter's revival since the start of April, saying how impressed he has been.

"This is the beauty of football, you can seem down and out but then you can finish well, and sometimes it is the other way around," he added. "We have lost so many games this season, but now we have the opportunity to fight for third place and this acts as a stimulus."

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona star was also quizzed on his future, but insisted he is only concentrating on his position as international ambassador of Inter.

"I do not do long-term projects, being here is more important. I am just glad to be at the club."

Inter has a tough run-in for the end of the season, with matches against Parma, AC Milan and Lazio coming up.