APPIANO GENTILE – Preparations for Sunday afternoon’s Serie A match at home to Chievo got under way this morning at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti.
José Mourinho and his staff organised the squad into groups for Friday’s training session. Those used most in the Tim Cup final victory over Roma on Wednesday did light training. Lucio and Wesley Sneijder had treatment and physiotherapy, while Davide Santon continued with his injury rehabilitation.
Inter chief of medical staff Franco Combi performed tests on Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, who came off injured during the first half of Inter-Roma. The Colombian defender, who has strained the biceps femoris muscle in his right leg, underwent an initial session of treatment and physio this morning.
ROME – Technical director Marco Branca commented on Inter’s Tim Cup final victory over Roma.
"We really deserve this victory," he told Inter Channel. "An ugly match? When there’s a rivalry like there has been between these two teams in recent years, there can always be a few kicks. But we showed we were the strongest.
"Balotelli? He worked hard and played a nice match, just like all his team-mates. Milito? He shot a missile with the intention of scoring and this explains the greatness of our centre-forward."
ROME – Cool as you like in front of the television cameras, a fury of determination on the pitch. Maicon spoke on Inter Channel after helping his team-mates win the Coppa Italia in a tension-filled cup final against Roma at the Olimpico.
"Too much anger? Roma wanted to win and they had the necessary determination on the pitch to do it, but we stayed calm and the only really bad challenge by our opponents was Totti’s on Balotelli," said the Brazilian full-back.
"We’re very happy, and hearing the Inter anthem in this stadium is impossible to forget. My family was here for this party this evening and I want to celebrate with them and the fans."
ROME – Wesley Sneijder’s Tim Cup final lasted only five minutes after a challenge by Nicolas Burdisso forced Inter into an early substitution.
"I got a kick in my leg and some blood came out, but I feel better now," explained the Dutch midfielder. "But at least I can walk so we will see what happens."
Sneijder spoke on Inter Channel with the Tim Cup in his hands. "I’m very happy about my first title in Italy," he said. "We can take two more this year and we have to go for it, but the most important one is the first one and now we have to keep focused and win two more titles.
"The first title is the most important. Madrid is two and a half weeks away, so first we will win the league and then we will look forward to the Champions League title."
ROME – For Marco Materazzi, Inter’s cup final success was a victory against everything and everyone. "It’s an important moment," he said. "I really wanted to win this competition because it’s the one I have played most in. Today it was very difficult against a great team and against everything, because we fought against everything. Even against Mexes’ two blows. But I have to thank him because he helped us a lot when Inter scored."