Inter Channel, Gasperini: "An excellent work-out"

APPIANO GENTILE – In an
hour and a half’s time you can see an exclusive interview with Gian Piero Gasperini on the 19:30 edition of Inter Channel’s news programme (Sky Italia, channel 232), which the coach gave
after this morning’s practice match against Inter’s Under-18 team at the Centro
Sportivo Angelo Moratti.

You can read a sneak preview of the interview here on inter.it.

Gasperini, who picked up
his whistle to referee the match, kept his watch running for 77
minutes (42 in the first half, 35 in the second), after the first part of the training session was dedicated to warming up in the gym. "It was an excellent work-out played at
a good pace and the right level of intensity, especially in the
first half. Credit must go to the Juniores kids for their effort: they did
very well today and it just goes to show how much quality there is in Inter’s
youth academy," said the Turin-born coach. He went on: "The players that have
only been back a few days are already in pretty good shape. They
aren’t too far behind the lads we’ve been working with since the
start of pre-season in Pinzolo, and that means they kept themselves fit
during the holidays. That’s great because they always bring hard work and character to the pitch, besides their obvious technical ability which we all know is the
basis of this group."

Gasperini was referring to
Esteban Cambiasso, Lucio, Maicon, Diego Milito and also Jonathan,
who was involved in a practice match with his new
team-mates for the first time having completed his recovery and the specific preparation
designed by Inter’s medical staff for him, the Brazilian having arrived in
Italy carrying a muscle injury that he picked up at the end of his time with
Santos. The coach made the most of today’s session to take a good look at the South Americans in particular because from
Monday 15 August (in the afternoon) the whole squad will be back together apart from Julio Cesar, who is on leave till Thursday 18.
There are just two pre-season tests left for Gian Piero Gasperini and the Nerazzurri (2011 TIM Trophy in Bari on Thursday
18 and against Olympiakos in Geneva on Sunday 21) before the Serie A
2011/12 campaign kicks off on Sunday 28 against Lecce).

You can follow Gasperini’s Inter exclusively on Inter Channel and inter.it.

Olympiakos v Inter: ticket info for Geneva

MILAN – There is another international friendly on the horizon for Gian Piero Gasperini’s Nerazzurri. After Galatasaray, Glasgow Celtic and Manchester City, Inter now face Greek side Olympiakos: the friendly match will take place on Sunday 21 August 2011 at the Stade de Genève – the home ground of Servette – in Geneva, Switzerland. Kick-off is at 18:00.

Tickets can be bought at the stadium from 12:00 on the day or before then from Swiss Post Offices, Swiss train stations, Ticketcorner sales points. Inter fans living in Canton Ticino can also purchase tickets from Manor.

Ticket prices
Main stand: 70 CHF
Opposite stand: 50 CHF
Stand for Inter fans: 25 CHF (North stand, sectors H/ I/ J/ K/ L)
Corners of the pitch: 40 CHF (North stand, sectors G / M)

Children under the age of 10 may enter the stadium free of charge (a valid identity document is recommended).

Stadium gates open at 16:45.

Appiano: 77 minutes, 8 goals, brace for Milito

APPIANO GENTILE – It was an
evenly balanced first half, with Inter’s Juniores Berretti team
coached by Sergio Zanetti (captain Javier’s brother) keeping things
tight at the back and breaking forward, before the first team increased the
tempo and their running, upping their game, creating chances and finally scoring through Diego
Milito (on 39 minutes) and Esteban Cambiasso. After the break the
Nerazzurri Under-18s – missing 8 players who are in Germany with the Primavera team – tired and the score line began to increase, to the
joy of Inter fans who had crammed in around the ‘Tribunetta’ pitch at the
Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti.

The final result was of
little importance of course, but for the record it finished 8-0, with second-half
goals by Primavera player Samuele Longo (a hat-trick), another for
Milito (making it a brace for him), Walter Samuel and Ricardo
Alvarez. The in-house affair, which Gian Piero Gasperini opened up to the public (42 minutes played in the first half, 35
in the second),
was the first match for the South Americans who recently returned to
Appiano following the Copa America and a late holiday: as well as Milito and Cambiasso, Lucio (first half only) and Maicon (the whole
77 minutes) were in action too. It was also the first game for
Jonathan, who has now recovered from the muscle injury he carried
with him from Brazil. He was tried out mostly on the right of midfield,
with a brief spell on the left at the start of the second half.

Before the practice match
against the Juniores Berretti, the team warmed up with some muscle
exercises in the gym. The training session concluded with some
stretching work.

Raffaele Di Gennaro, Ivan
Ramiro Cordoba, Yuto Nagatomo, Paolo Orlandoni and Emiliano Viviano
all trained separately continuing their individual rehabilitation programmes.
Nelson Rivas was given the day off.

Training will resume in
the afternoon of Monday 15 August, when all the players who were away
with their national sides last week will return, with the exception
of Julio Cesar, who will be back in Milan on Thursday 18 August.

Appiano: first goals for Milito and Cambiasso

APPIANO GENTILE – Lots of fans, lots of running, a good display by Inter’s Juniores Berretti team, a few moves worthy of applause and two goals struck by Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso. The first half of today’s in-house match against the Nerazzurri Under-18s, which Gian Piero Gasperini opened up to the public, has just finished on the ‘Tribunetta’ pitch at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti. The South Americans who recently joined up with the squad were all involved (besides Cambiasso and Milito, also Lucio and Maicon), while Jonathan was fielded on the right of midfield.

In the name of Angelo Moratti

MILAN – On 12 August 1981 Angelo Moratti passed away in Viareggio. Thirty years later his memory is still incredibly vivid and not just for people involved in Inter. He was a man who was capable of leaving his indelible mark both in the professional and in the sporting world.

That summer’s day thirty years ago he was survived by a family who still today take inspiration from him and millions of Inter fans who, with the success of that Great Inter team, learned to believe in dreams and see those dreams come true. Other things that we learned from Angelo Moratti, were the value of work, the meaning of challenge, loyalty and generosity. All of these elements are indispensible to create a dream and do so with intelligence and with honesty.

His Inter team won everything, but Angelo Moratti is not only remembered for the trophies. His memory is still so limpid on account of his great personality and what he was able to communicate, and not just to those closest to him. This is why those who loved him saw in him a role model and those who knew him or worked alongside him have not forgotten him, and along with those who never met him, all join together to remember a man who really was an Angel for so many people, today, just as much as then.