APPIANO GENTILE – "When you go down it’s easier to get back up
again." Gian Piero Gasperini began his press conference with a quip on the
eve of Inter v Roma, the Week 3 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season to be
played tomorrow night at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (kick-off at 20:45).
The coach smiled and then added: "Putting aside the superstitious
considerations, I believe that tomorrow we can play a good match. In recent
days the feeling is that we’re in the midst of a storm. But that’s only the
case from the outside, not the inside. And it’s not the case with the team or
the club. That’s the important thing. For this I think that already by tomorrow
we can show an important response."
The coach added: "I concern myself with my work. For me what’s important is
the professionalism of the team, what the president tells me and what the club
tells me. The president has always had a very motivational attitude towards me
and that’s what counts."
He then spoke of tomorrow’s opponent: "Looking at Roma the impression is
one of a team that has had some difficulty but believes in a project. I think
they’ll do very good things as time goes on. We have a high consideration of
Roma, a team that can possess the ball with good organisation of play. And just
the same, we have to be precise and alert in our organisation of play."
Then Gasperini was told of the words of the ex-Nerazzurri coach Roberto
Mancini, who spoke of the end of a cycle for Inter: "How do I respond?
That when a cycle ends you hope to open an new one. I believe that we are and
we can be competitive. We will be in Italy and we will be in Europe, too."
Returning to the match tomorrow, Gasperini added: "We’ll try to find the
right balance, and our team will be a concrete one." The coach was then
asked if, after these first few weeks, they are feeling the loss of Samuel
Eto’o: "I am focused only on our squad," replied the coach who,
regarding absences – but in this case temporary ones – revealed that,
"It’s almost impossible to get Chivu and Stankovic back."
"The tactical aspect cannot be the solution to everything," Gasperini
insisted when returning to the subject of Inter’s current moment." Finally, he
ends by speaking of Sneijder and Nagatomo: "Sneijder is truly an
extraordinary player. The other night – albeit with some difficulty – he showed
his great value. Just the same, Nagatomo has always done well in all the
matches he has played. He’s always vivacious and lively."