Cambiasso: "A big thank you to all the fans"

SIENA – Esteban Cambiasso dedicated Inter’s fifth consecutive Serie A title to the fans. "Now we want to embrace all our fans who are always behind us," he said. "This victory is for them. Roma made us suffer but we held out until the end. We did well not to give up.

"We have won the Coppa Italia and the championship. Now we can think about Madrid and a match that will be the difference between an extraordinary year and a historic year. We will give everything to win the Champions League as well."

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Balotelli: "A fantastic experience"

SIENA – Standing alongside president Massimo Moratti, Inter striker Mario Balotelli told of his joy at winning the Scudetto.

He said: "I am very happy. It was a fantastic experience today. Am I pleased about making peace with the fans? Sometimes there are misunderstandings, but you get over them without any problems.

"Now we can think about the Champions League final. I am here and I will go to Madrid."

Commenting on his cold-blooded approach to games, Balotelli explained: "Every game gets me excited in the same way, but you can’t play how you want to if you show your emotions, so it’s always best to leave all the pressure off the pitch.

"I’m dedicating this victory to my family and my friends and I can tell them that if I play at the Santiago Bernabeu on 22 May I will give my all and win that final for them."

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18th Scudetto: Inter, Nike present new kit

MILAN – FC Internazionale and Nike presented the new away kit for the 2010/11 season during the 18th Scudetto celebrations at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Siena. 



Nike’s designers have taken inspiration from the white away shirt with the black and blue band used in the 1964/65 season. The V-necked shirt also features the club’s historic serpent logo.

The Inter logo is on the right of the chest, with the Nike swoosh (blue) on the left and the Pirelli logo (black) in the middle.
The shorts are white with a blue band on both sides. The socks are white with a black and blue border.

Inter’s new kits are designed for increased performance with lower environmental impact. Each shirt is made from one hundred percent recycled polyester, obtained from eight plastic bottles.

The advanced Nike Dri-Fit material makes the shirts 13% lighter, drawing perspiration away from the body.

"Nike and Inter celebrate together another extraordinary success today: the 18th Scudetto," said Andrea Rossi, general manager of Nike Italy. "We are particularly pleased to present the new away shirt of the Italian champions at the end of an exceptional season that we hope can become unforgettable."

The new shirts will available for purchase at all Nike Stores, authorised retailers and www.nikefootball.com, starting Monday 17 May.

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Mourinho: "The best team always wins"

SIENA – José Mourinho spoke on Inter Channel after celebrating the 18th Scudetto with his players. "The team that deserved most won the title," he said. "There are many matches in a championship and it’s always the best team that deserves to win.

"It could have been easier because we had a very interesting advantage in terms of points at the halfway stage but then we dropped many points, partly for our fault. And playing in a competition like the Champions League, where you need the necessary energy to play two-legged ties against Barcelona and Chelsea, for example, made this championship even more difficult because physically and psychologically they were hard matches.

"In this sense, Roma were calm. They were out of the UEFA Cup, they were playing one game a week, they could prepare well for every match and leave all the pressure for us. It was difficult but I had never had this experience of winning a championship at the last minute. I had won it at home, in the hotel, with three or four games left, always with great tranquillity. (Smiles) This is a new experience, which I hope is not repeated…

"Siena were already in Serie B but they played a great game today with extreme professionalism. Perhaps some players, like Rosi, were also playing for Roma, but we did very well to stay calm on the pitch. After the first goal I was expecting more but it wasn’t possible and we arrived at the end knowing that everything could change at any moment."

Inter dominated the championship, but Mourinho remembers the difficult moments. "After the game against Fiorentina and when Roma overtook us, the championship didn’t depend on us alone. We knew that it wouldn’t be enough to win every match and we hoped to overtake them in the Giallorossi’s games against Sampdoria and Lazio. Yes, that was the most complicated moment of the season. Then we played against Juventus who came to San Siro not to win, but to stop Inter from winning the championship.".

And now the Nerazzurri can look ahead to Madrid. "The championship is over now. Winning the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia is always fantastic. Bayern Munich have done it too, but only one of us can win the Champions League. Am I already thinking about the game on 22 May? I don’t know, but in this moment I don’t have the strength to go on the bus and watch Bayern on DVD. But I will be back to work tomorrow.

"I’m not thinking about my future at the moment. I’m only thinking about Inter, my players and the game against Bayern. After the final there will be time to be a bit selfish and think about what can give me greater professional pleasure, but it’s 100% percent true that I don’t already have a foot on the Real Madrid bench."

So who does the Scudetto triumph belong to? "Today’s victory belongs to everyone who is happy in this moment," said José.

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UCL final: Mourinho, a ticket for charity

MILAN – His name is Paolo Sacco, he was born in Milan in 1987 and he is an Inter season ticket holder (third tier, sector 350, row 6, seat 24). Yesterday morning at 09:45 he was the first person in the queue to buy a ticket for the Champions League final in Madrid.

Paolo will have to spend a few more euros than he thought, but he is happy to do so because the 225 euros for his Category 2 ticket will go to charity (he will choose which charity in the coming days).

All the remaining available tickets will go on sale at the branch of BPM in via Massaua on Saturday morning (5,000 of them are available to season ticket holders and Inter Club members). José Mourinho was particularly proud to hear that many people had started queueing two days before Saturday, and decided to give a ticket to the first in the queue.

"I cannot satisfy everybody, but with this gesture I want to show my affection for them," he said. "This is my applause for the passion of all the Nerazzurri fans. But the boy will have to prove that he has given the money to charity."

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