APPIANO GENTILE – "The boredom of Ranieri? What is the boredom of Ranieri? I am educated and I only know The Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, a philosopher, a Nobel Prize winner, but also a great football fan." This is José Mourinho’s reply to the declarations made today by Claudio Ranieri in Roma’s press conference.
APPIANO GENTILE – The Nerazzurri finished off their preparations for Sunday afternoon’s Serie A Week 38 match away to Siena with a morning training session consisting of warm-up, ball possession and technical-tactical drills. Injured pair Ivan Ramiro Cordoba and Davide Santon trained apart.
APPIANO GENTILE – Paolo Sacco’s dream journey towards Madrid continues. The Inter season ticket holder, who was given a ticket for the Champions League final by José Mourinho yesterday, visited Inter’s training ground this morning to thank the Portuguese coach in person.
"I have with me the money to give to charity, as the boss asked me too. I can give it to the captain’s PUPI Foundation right away," said Paolo, who was the first person in the queue for the 5,000 remaining tickets.
Javier Zanetti explained to Paolo what he needs to do: make the donation at the PUPI headquarters in via Corno di Cavento, 7, in Milan.
"I will go on Monday," assured Paolo, who then went into the press room for his meeting with Mourinho. And the Inter coach wanted to know everything about the season ticket holder, who works as a waiter in Milan. "If you want I will come here to serve the players," he said. "How will I go to Madrid? By car, coach, or bike, but thanks to you, I will be there."
"Always behave well," said Mourinho. "You are an Inter fan, you are a lucky boy, you can see the training session with your friend. Now concentrate on the game in Siena."
Trembling, Paolo embraced the coach and whispered: "My voice, my whole voice for the team. Always." Bravo Paolo.
APPIANO GENTILE – José Mourinho has named a squad of 24 players (3 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 8 midfielders and 5 strikers) for Sunday afternoon’s Serie A Week 38 match away to Siena (Stadio Artemio Franchi – Montepaschi Arena, kick-off 15:00).
Goalkeepers: 1 Francesco Toldo, 12 Julio Cesar, 21 Paolo Orlandoni.
Defenders: 2 Ivan Cordoba, 4 Javier Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 13 Maicon, 23 Marco Materazzi, 25 Walter Samuel, 26 Cristian Chivu, 39 Davide Santon.
Midfielders: 5 Dejan Stankovic, 7 Ricardo Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 11 Sulley Muntari, 15 Rene Krhin, 17 Mariga, 19 Esteban Cambiasso.
Strikers: 9 Samuel Eto’o, 22 Diego Milito, 27 Goran Pandev, 45 Mario Balotelli, 89 Marko Arnautovic.
MILAN – The remaining available tickets to Inter for the upcoming Champions League final in Madrid went on sale at 09:30 this morning at the branch of Banca Popolare di Milano in via Massaua. The first fan to get his hands on a ticket was Ren Yang, a Chinese student who currently lives in Poland. Yang, 22, is a registered member of an official Inter Club.
Massimo Moratti last night visited the fans who have queued outside the bank in the hope of getting a ticket for the final. The Inter president was greeted by cheers on his arrival.