Paolo Sacco meets Mourinho in Appiano

APPIANO GENTILE – Paolo Sacco’s dream journey towards Madrid continues. The Inter season ticket holder, who was given a ticket for the Champions League final by José Mourinho yesterday, visited Inter’s training ground this morning to thank the Portuguese coach in person.

"I have with me the money to give to charity, as the boss asked me too. I can give it to the captain’s PUPI Foundation right away," said Paolo, who was the first person in the queue for the 5,000 remaining tickets.

Javier Zanetti explained to Paolo what he needs to do: make the donation at the PUPI headquarters in via Corno di Cavento, 7, in Milan.

"I will go on Monday," assured Paolo, who then went into the press room for his meeting with Mourinho. And the Inter coach wanted to know everything about the season ticket holder, who works as a waiter in Milan. "If you want I will come here to serve the players," he said. "How will I go to Madrid? By car, coach, or bike, but thanks to you, I will be there."

"Always behave well," said Mourinho. "You are an Inter fan, you are a lucky boy, you can see the training session with your friend. Now concentrate on the game in Siena."

Trembling, Paolo embraced the coach and whispered: "My voice, my whole voice for the team. Always." Bravo Paolo.


José Mourinho names squad for Siena-Inter

APPIANO GENTILE – José Mourinho has named a squad of 24 players (3 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 8 midfielders and 5 strikers) for Sunday afternoon’s Serie A Week 38 match away to Siena (Stadio Artemio Franchi – Montepaschi Arena, kick-off 15:00).

Goalkeepers: 1 Francesco Toldo, 12 Julio Cesar, 21 Paolo Orlandoni.

Defenders: 2 Ivan Cordoba, 4 Javier Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 13 Maicon, 23 Marco Materazzi, 25 Walter Samuel, 26 Cristian Chivu, 39 Davide Santon.

Midfielders: 5 Dejan Stankovic, 7 Ricardo Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 11 Sulley Muntari, 15 Rene Krhin, 17 Mariga, 19 Esteban Cambiasso.

Strikers: 9 Samuel Eto’o, 22 Diego Milito, 27 Goran Pandev, 45 Mario Balotelli, 89 Marko Arnautovic.


UCL final: 1st ticket to Ren Yang

MILAN – The remaining available tickets to Inter for the upcoming Champions League final in Madrid went on sale at 09:30 this morning at the branch of Banca Popolare di Milano in via Massaua. The first fan to get his hands on a ticket was Ren Yang, a Chinese student who currently lives in Poland. Yang, 22, is a registered member of an official Inter Club.

Massimo Moratti last night visited the fans who have queued outside the bank in the hope of getting a ticket for the final. The Inter president was greeted by cheers on his arrival.


Primavera Champions League final on 19 May

MILAN – A ‘Primavera’ Champions League final between Inter and Bayern Munich’s senior youth teams will take place at the Real Madrid reserve team’s Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Wednesday 19 May at 19:00.

Inter has decided that the Primavera players born in 1990 (Bavena, Belec, Donati, Esposito, Mbida, Fortunato and Beretta) will not take part in the event, which is set to become a regular fixture in the coming years. Fulvio Pea will therefore have available the players born in 1991 and 1992, and all of Giorgio Gatti’s Under-17 players.