Inter v Hajduk Split: 20 called up

APPIANO GENTILE – Andrea Stramaccioni has called up 20 Nerazzurri players to
the squad ahead of Inter v Hajduk Split, the
second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round to be played tomorrow night
at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (kick-off at 20:45).

Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec;

Defenders: 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 33 Mbaye, 42
Jonathan, 44 Bianchetti, 55 Nagatomo;

Midfielders: 10 Sneijder, 14 Guarin, 16 Mudingayi, 19 Cambiasso;

Forwards: 7 Coutinho, 8 Palacio, 22 Milito, 81 Longo, 88 Livaja.

Milito: "We are Inter and we'll battle"

APPIANO GENTILE – Battle. That’s what Diego
Milito aims to do this season, as he explained during this
afternoon’s press conference. Asked if Inter will be in the mix
for the Scudetto, he replied: "We have to battle and that’s what we’re going to do. Winning isn’t
easy but we’re going to fight; we’re Inter and we have good foundations to
build on."

The Prince is raring to go – you can see it in his eyes and from the way
he articulates each word. He wants to be at least as prolific as he
was  from January last season ("I sure hope so"), but he
also stressed that the main thing is "the group, that the whole team
performs well, not whether I score as much as last year."

The journalists tried to pin Diego down on the transfer market and tease an answer out of him as to who he
recommends as "Milito’s understudy". The Argentine striker
sidestepped the question: "I think that’s something you should ask
the club. It’s not my place to advise on such matters, I just get on
with training and giving 100%."

Next came a comparison between this summer and the one that came
before Inter’s incredibly successful 2010, between Andrea Stramaccioni and José
Mourinho: "We have to wait until 31 August before we can even start to compare things, but every coach is different; every coach puts his
own stamp on things. We’ll try to do our best to carry out what the
coach wants from us. There are certain things that are similar, including the
winning mentality here, which reminds me of what we had in that team."

Stramaccioni: "Fans, thanks for your support"

APPIANO GENTILE – Tomorrow is Inter’s first game of
the season at the Stadio Meazza and the Nerazzurri fans are getting behind the team
again. A large group of Interisti made the trip to Split last week,
and now pre-match interest ahead of tomorrow’s return leg has led to the second tier being opened. Andrea Stramaccioni was keen to thank the
fans during his press conference today: "It was great to see
all those fans with us last week, on 2 August. That group following us and the numbers expected in San Siro tomorrow show how close the supporters are
to us. It’s easier to fill the stadium when you’re winning league titles and
Champions League trophies, but you don’t necessarily expect it coming
off the back of a season like we had last term. And yet our fans are
showing us how important we are to them and I want to thank them for

The Nerazzurri coach was then quizzed about tomorrow’s line-up
and in particular whether players like Walter Samuel and Matias
Silvestre are likely to feature, considering the three-goal advantage built up in the first leg and the new turf at the Meazza, which the team tested for the
first time yesterday. Stramaccioni replied: "Generally you make decisions on whether to play people based on what is best for the overall squad management, not the first-leg result
or the state of the pitch – which we found to be in excellent
condition anyway. We’ll assess everything properly but our main
concern is not to take any risks."

More from the coach’s press conference to follow on

Inter Academy: success at Whidbey Island

MILAN – Another great Inter-Crossfire success for the Nerazzurri Academy. The partnership between Inter and Crossfire of
Seattle has sparked interest along the entire U.S. Pacific coast thanks to the quality of the youth football programme being exported around the world from the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti in Milan. It is highly valued in particular for the modern
approach adopted to train and educate young players.

After the huge excitement generated by the first week of camp organised on
Whidbey Island – with over 150 kids from Crossfire besides groups from teams across California and Alaska taking part – the
second week saw almost twice as many aspiring young footballers (aged 10 to 18) involved.

The enthusiasm shown and numbers involved further underline the excellent work carried out
by Marco Monti, head coach of the Inter Academy project, assisted in this summer camp by Valerio Candido and Andrea Ratti – two of the most highly-regarded coaches in
Inter’s youth academy.

At the end of this second week of work and before returning to Italy, the Nerazzurri coaches will select a team that will take part in a tournament in Milan from 17 to 21 September. There they will face one of the
Inter’s youth sides and a team made up of players who stood out at the ‘Tata Tea Jaago Re
Soccer Stars’ tournament last June in Calcutta, India.

UEL, Inter v Hajduk Split: you can be there too

MILAN – All tickets for the Primo Anello have been sold as the Nerazzurri fans prepare for Inter’s new season and their Europa League debut at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 

For the match against
Hajduk Split in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, scheduled for Thursday 8 August, Inter will now begin sales for the Secondo Anello rosso (ticket cost of 5 euros) following the relocation of the Second Anello to the Primo Anello, allowing all of the fans to support their team.