Sneijder: "Very happy with my first title in Italy"

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."


Maicon: "Hearing our anthem here was unforgettable"

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."


Branca: "We really deserve this cup"

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."


Inter back training tomorrow ahead of Chievo

APPIANO GENTILE – After last week’s celebrations following Inter’s qualification for the Champions League final, the fans showed their extraordinary passion once again in the early hours of the morning, turning up in numbers at Milan’s Malpensa airport to greet the Nerazzurri on their return from Rome after winning the Tim Cup final.

José Mourinho has given his players today off. The squad will report to the training ground tomorrow for the first of two morning sessions in preparation for our last home game of the season against Chievo.


Luca Banti to oversee Inter v Chievo

MILAN – Livorno refereeing section official Luca Banti has been appointed to take charge of Sunday afternoon’s Serie A Week 37 match between Inter and Chievo at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. He will be assisted by Ghiandai and Giordano, with Stefanini acting as fourth official.

Banti referees the Nerazzurri for the third time this season after Inter 3-0 Bologna (3 April 2010) and Inter 0-0 Genoa (7 March 2010).