Cambiasso: "Well done Inter, that's the approach"

SPLIT – Esteban Cambiasso spoke on Inter Channel about the victory over Hajduk Split in the first leg, third qualifying round of the Europa League. "We played well and what’s important is that we followed our game plan. I agree these matches can prove treacherous if you take them too lightly, because you can end up having to chase the game and then you run more risks. But the team had the right attitude, it was a little surprising but we had worked towards this and we managed to pull it off."

Cambiasso had a great chance to score on the Poljud pitch last night, but "it was coming at me fast, I mistimed things by a thousandth of a second and rather than making contact and scoring, the ball continued on its path," said Cuchu, as he spoke about Inter and their experience in European competitions: "For some time now this team has shown that neither the match nor the competition counts; what’s important is the jersey we wear and today was a good example of that."

Andrea Stramaccioni was pleased with his Inter team’s performance, after just a month of preparation: "We are pleased too. We do have a lot of aspects to improve on but we are just starting now. What pleased us most, and I believe Stramaccioni too, was our approach in our first competitive match after so many friendlies. We knew our opponents had already won a qualifier against Skonto and they already a feel for the competition. That was the greatest risk but fortunately we kept our heads and we’ll have to play well again on Thursday."

Nagatomo: "I did the running and got a goal"

SPLIT – Yuto Nagatomo is back in Europe with Inter, with a goal and with his usual smile. His grin rose as he recalled his own words from a few days ago: "I said that I’d have to do a lot of running – that was my job and I did it. But I also managed to do what I hoped for, which was to score a goal. I’m happy and I want to keep going like this all season. This is the Europa League but you’re still up against quality opposition: they made us work hard for it but we dug deep. This is the way forward."

Zanetti: "The right approach. And Coutinho…"

SPLIT – "I enjoy playing with these lads, but it wasn’t easy tonight. We don’t even have a month’s work behind us and we might have struggled against a team that’s in better shape than we are. But we went about things the right way, we showed the right mental approach." That was Javier Zanetti‘s assessment after the 3-0 win over Hajduk Split, which included a goal by Coutinho. Speaking to Inter Channel, the skipper added: "I’m pleased for him. We’re used to seeing him do things like that because we watch him in training every day. We’re happy that he scored such a good goal in an important match like this."

Coutinho: "First goal in Europe. I'll get better"

SPLIT – He capped off Inter’s win with the third goal but speaking to Inter Channel after the match Philippe Coutinho was keen to stress that "more important than my goal is the fact that the team played well. My first goal in Europe? Hopefully I can carry on this way and keep improving my game."

Coutinho returns from his time in Spain as a different player: "It was an important experience because I had a good run in the team and that’s really helpful for a young player. I’ve come back more aggressive, with the desire to be a success and show people how much I’ve improved."

The Brazilian was also asked to comment on the performances of his fellow countrymen at the Olympics: "I watch all the games, they’re doing tremendously well. They’re young and they can play the ball around. I’m rooting for them."

Livaja: "I was expecting the boos but I'm happy"

SPLIT – He was born, grew up and came through the youth ranks right here in Split. Marko Livaja spoke to Inter Channel about making his competitive debut for Inter in his hometown – a match which began for him when he came off the bench and was greeted by whistles. "I can understand the fans, I left Hajduk and so they whistled at me. I expected it. But I’m happy because it was my first game for Inter and because we won.

"They’re a young side who do a lot of running," Livaja said of the opposition. "They are very careful and in two or three years’ time they could develop into a great team. I might be able to play a bit more in the return leg but the main thing for me is just being on the pitch. I’m concentrating on working hard."

"Had I ever seen the Poljud turf as bad as that? It used to be worse.

"I expect to stay here at Inter in August. I don’t know if they’ll loan me out but it might be a good solution for me to get some more playing time because I’m still young. We’ll see."