APPIANO GENTILE – After last week’s celebrations following Inter’s qualification for the Champions League final, the fans showed their extraordinary passion once again in the early hours of the morning, turning up in numbers at Milan’s Malpensa airport to greet the Nerazzurri on their return from Rome after winning the Tim Cup final.
José Mourinho has given his players today off. The squad will report to the training ground tomorrow for the first of two morning sessions in preparation for our last home game of the season against Chievo.
MILAN – Livorno refereeing section official Luca Banti has been appointed to take charge of Sunday afternoon’s Serie A Week 37 match between Inter and Chievo at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. He will be assisted by Ghiandai and Giordano, with Stefanini acting as fourth official.
Banti referees the Nerazzurri for the third time this season after Inter 3-0 Bologna (3 April 2010) and Inter 0-0 Genoa (7 March 2010).
MILAN – Inter have been drawn against Empoli in the first knockout of the Campionato Primavera – Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti national finals. Fulvio Pea’s Nerazzurri play away to the Tuscan outfit at the Centro Sportivo Monteboro in Empoli on Saturday 8 May, with the return leg at the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti on Thursday 13 May.
"Every team is the same at this stage, we got Empoli and it’s fine like this," commented Pea. "Now we still start to study our opponents and understand their strengths and weaknesses. But the teams that reach the final phase are always the best, and they are more or less the same teams every year.
"We have six days to prepare for the game and we know we are in form so we will give our all. Playing the first leg away and the return leg at home changes nothing. It’s still 180 minutes."
Last 16 draw in full:
Atalanta v Sampdoria
Bari v Genoa
Brescia v Juventus
Catania v AC Milan
Chevo Verona v Roma
Empoli v Inter
Parma v Lazio
Udinese v Palermo
ROME – Bologna refereeing section official Nicola Rizzoli has been appointed to oversee Wednesday evening’s 2009/10 Tim Cup final between Inter and Roma at the Stadio Olimpico (kick-off 20:45).
He will be assisted by Maggiani and Di Liberatore, with Romeo acting as fourth official.
ROME – The great Pietro Mennea, the former Italian sprinter who won the 200m race at the 1980 Olympics and held the world record from 1979 to 1996 with a time of 19.72 seconds (still a European record), met José Mourinho and the Nerazzurri before the start of today’s training session at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome.
Mourinho and Mennea chatted at length before exchanging gifts and wishing each other the best of luck.