Novara v Inter: press conference info

APPIANO GENTILE – Gian Piero Gasperini will meet journalists in the press room at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti at 16:00 on Monday 19 September 2011, the eve of Novara v Inter (the early game in Week 4 of the Serie A 2011/12 mid-week matches), which is scheduled for a  20:45 kick-off on Tuesday 20 September at the Stadio Silvio Piola.

The press conference will be broadcast live exclusively on Inter Channel (channel 232 on Sky Italia).

Access to the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti for journalists and radio/TV crew (no photographers) from 15:40.

Appiano: preparing for Novara, session 1

APPIANO GENTILE – This morning Inter began their preparation for the next league fixture against Novara in midweek. They will play on Tuesday 20 September at the Stadio Silvio Piola (kick-off 20:45).

The players were divided into two groups for the training session at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti. Those who had been involved to a greater extent in the league match against Roma carried out recovery sessions. The others, after warming up, practised ball-possession and played in training matches according to their roles. Cristian Chivu took part in the early part of training with his team-mates.

There were personalised sessions according to individual needs for Andrea Poli and Dejan Stankovic, while Luca Caldirola, Ivan Cordoba, Maicon, Thiago Motta and Emiliano Viviano were given a rest day.

Lucio: "Thank God Stekelenburg is ok"

APPIANO GENTILE – Following the training session the day after the game at the Stadio Meazza against Roma, Lucio gave a brief interview to Marco Barzaghi of Mediaset, saying he was sorry about what happened to Roma goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg, in the 15th minute of Inter v Roma.
Read an excerpt from the interview on which will be broadcast at 00:20 during Controcampo Linea Notte on Italia 1:

"I saw the recording on tv. It all happened in a matter of seconds. The ball was moving fast because of the wet surface. Stekelenburg was quick to come off his line. I had my eye on the ball and didn’t see him diving at my feet. I was concentrating on getting to the ball and didn’t realise he had got there so quickly.

At half time I went to see the doctor in the [Roma] changing rooms and he reassured me about his condition. Today, thank God, I heard he had not suffered any serious consequences and I felt better. This morning I talked to Wesley [Sneijder] who knows him and told me he felt better. That was a great relief for me. I’ve never wanted to injure a colleague in all of my career and I’m sorry about what happened yesterday. Unfortunately these are things that can happen in football."

Lucio: "Head right and motivated"

APPIANO GENTILE – Here we present the full version of the interview given by the Nerazzurri defender Lucio, who spoke to the microphones of the Italia 1 programme Controcampo Linea Notte:

Lucio, did you re-watch the replays of your clash with Stekelenburg? It was a clash that appeared to be completely accidental.
‘I saw the replay on TV. It all happened in one moment; a fast ball on a wet pitch, then Stekelenburg came quickly off his line. I didn’t see him because I was looking at the ball that went under me. I thought I got the ball and I was surprised at how quickly he got there. In the dressing room during halftime I spoke with the doctor [Roma’s doctor, ed.] who reassured me of his condition. Thank God. And also today I heard that it’s nothing serious, and that calms me. Then this morning I also spoke with Wesley [Sneijder, ed.], who’s in contact with him, and he told me he’s fine. This makes me feel a bit more at ease. Throughout my career I never wanted to hurt a fellow player and today I’m very sad because I never would have wanted what happened last night to occur. Unfortunately it’s one of those things that can sometimes happen in football.’

Elia, the Dutch player with Juventus, posted on his twitter account that he hates you for what happened with Stekelenburg.
‘It’s normal because now he’s a Juventus player. I would never say something like that. I don’t hate anyone. This is something particular that he said. I don’t think it’s right to talk about because he can’t say or know what happened on the pitch. I don’t know why he said that. However, it doesn’t really matter to me. The only important thing is that Stekelenburg is well. As I said, it was something unintentional. What Elia said was a stupid thing.’

Speaking of the match, you can say that yesterday we saw some progress compared to the last few matches.
‘Yes, this is true. The team played better. It’s normal that both Inter and Roma wanted to win that match. The important thing is that our team improved compared to the first two matches against Palermo and Trabzonspor. What’s important is to look ahead and have your head right in order to do better in the next match.’

Last night there was some booing from the stands. Wesley Sneijder said that it’s reductive to blame the coach.
‘I think it’s a normal reaction when the results aren’t going well, especially for a team that has won so much over the past two years. At this moment we don’t need for anyone to tell us that we have to improve and that we have to win. This is a moment in which the fans and those who care about Inter need to simply cheer in the right way, because it’s the only way to help the team.’

Against Roma the 3-man defence also did well.
‘The most important things are: to have your head right and be motivated, as a player must be. Tactics can change depending on how an opponent plays, but when you are motivated things definitely go better. I believe the 3-man defence can be a system that adapts well to this team. Everyone works to the maximum and it’s normal that it takes a bit of time to adjust, but I think it went pretty well yesterday.’

Nagatomo: "Complete confidence in Gasperini"

MILAN – Yuto Nagatomo spoke to a group of Japanese journalists about the Inter v Roma match at the end of the game: "We’re so disappointed we didn’t manage to score. It was a game we really wanted to win. We have complete confidence in our coach and we’re improving our game a lot. We’re on the right track and I’m sure that in the next few games we’ll get the wins that aren’t coming at the moment."