Cassano: "Easy with Milito and Sneijder"

PESCARA ? It was a good start. For Inter in general and for Antonio Cassano in particular. The Nerazzurri new boy capped off a good all-round display by setting up Milito for Inter’s second. After the game he spoke to Sky Italia: “The main thing was that we got the three points. We played well and I’m happy with my debut.”

FantAntonio also commented on his blossoming relationship with Milito and Sneijder: “It’s easy to play with Milito and Sneijder because they are both top-class players. I found it easy.”

The first match went well but Cassano isn’t resting on his laurels: “We have to improve on a physical level. If we can do that then we will improve the rest of our game as well.”

In his press conference on Saturday, the forward had said that he was planning to give Nagatomo his “special attention”. True to his word, Cassano revealed: “Nagatomo is great laugh. I went and woke him up at 9 o’clock this morning – he didn’t want to get up!?

Finally, Antonio was asked if he was already thinking about next Sunday’s clash against his former side, Roma: “We have to focus on Vaslui at the moment, Roma isn’t for another seven days yet.”

Cordoba: "Working together for the good of Inter"

PESCARA ? Tonight’s Serie A match against Pescara is also a debut for Ivan Ramiro Cordoba in his new role as team manager. The ex-Nerazzurri defender spoke to Sky Italia about what it feels like: “It’s very different now but I’m adapting to my new job. I’m here to help my former team-mates, to make sure they have everything they need to do well. That’s my intention and it’s the same as the club’s and all the directors’.”

Cordoba was asked to comment on Antonio Cassano’s new-found maturity: “After what he’s done and experienced I see him as a more mature player because the things that have happened in his life, both good and bad, have changed him for the better. Now he’s part of this group and he wants to achieve the same targets we all do, the ones outlined by the club and the coach. They have been very clear with him and Antonio wants to respond on the pitch and in the dressing room – he knows that’s the only way you can achieve your targets. He’s one of those players who can win a game by himself. We all know he has a natural talent, and that’s why he can be so important.”

Serie A, Pescara v Inter line-ups

PESCARA – Here are starting line-ups for Pescara v Inter, the Week 1 match of the 2012/13 Serie A season this evening at the Stadio Adriatico in Pescara (kick-off at 20:45).

Pescara: 77 Perin; 2 Zanon, 4 Cascione, 5 Capuano, 6 Romagnoli, 14 Balzano, 17 Weiss, 18 Colucci, 20 Nielsen, 80 Jonathas, 99 Caprari.
Subs: 22 Anania, 8 Bjarnason, 9 Abbruscato,
10 Celik, 15 Bocchetti, 16 Brugman, 19 Chiaretti, 23 Cosic, 26 Blasi, 88
Terlizzi, 90 Ragusa, 93 Quintero.
Coach: Giovanni Stroppa.

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 23
Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo; 21 Gargano, 19 Cambiasso, 14 Guarin; 10
Sneijder, 99 Cassano; 22 Milito.
Subs: 27 Belec, 32 Cincilla, 7 Coutinho, 24
Benassi, 25 Samuel, 33 Mbaye, 40 Juan Jesus, 41 Duncan, 42 Jonathan, 44
Bianchetti, 81 Longo, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Marco Guida (Torre Annunziata).

Inter Clubs: Wivi l'Inter with Zanetti and Guarin

PESCARA ? The Serie A is back and so too is Wivi l’Inter. Javier Zanetti and Fredy Guarin took centre stage at the Port of Pescara as Inter Channel’s Roberto Scarpini hosted an evening of fun and fund-raising at the Ex Cofa Pavilion. Bedy Moratti, Sergio Spairani and Fausto Sala were among the guests.

Close to 800 fans turned up to enjoy the company of their idols. But Wivi l’Inter’s visit to Pescara – organised by the Inter Club Coordination Centre for Abruzzo – was also an opportunity to raise funds for A.I.L.A., an Italian association that provides support for people with Lafora, a terrible and rare genetic disease.

The following Inter Clubs from the Abruzzo region were granted recognition for their achievements:

– IC Pescara, for being the club with most members (901, the 5th biggest Inter Club in world);
– IC Lanciano, the longest-running Inter Club in Abruzzo (set up 38 years ago, in 1974);
– IC Roccaspinalveti, the club that has organised the most trips to follow the team in Italy and abroad (60 outings in two years);
– IC Giulianova, the club with the biggest outlay spent on hosting Inter, Inter Club and Inter Campus representatives, as well as regional events;
– IC San Salvo, for its continued assistance to the Abruzzo coordinator (such as organising the regional bus and the annual ‘Cuore Nerazzurro’ initiative). The club has also received illustrious Interisti like Evaristo Beccalossi, Massimo Paganin and Gianfelice Facchetti over years.