Stankovic: "Mourinho is the best in the world"

SIENA – Dejan Stankovic’s comments after Inter’s title triumph in Siena: "It’s our fifth Scudetto in a row and we are very happy for this. It was hard but we did very well: us, the boss, the club, the president, the fans. We thank the club who have built a great team and given us the best coach in the world, who has made it clear to us that we are very strong. Thank you."

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Zanetti: "For my family and the fans"

SIENA – A jubilant Javier Zanetti dished out the dedications after captaining the Nerazzurri to the club’s eighteenth Scudetto. "I’m dedicating this Scudetto to my family: to Paula, Sol and Ignacio, and all our fans," he said.

"Now we have to remain concentrated on next Saturday’s final in Madrid, but for now let’s enjoy this fifth Scudetto. It was a triumph against everything and everybody, by a team that showed its strength. But compliments to Roma."

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Julio Cesar: "It’s our party now. Let’s enjoy it"

SIENA – With 38 Serie A appearances out of 38, Julio Cesar made a decisive contribution to Inter’s 18th Scudetto. "It was a very nice match today because it decided a whole championship," the Brazilian goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.

"There could be no greater emotion that the one we felt today in Siena. It was the same as in Parma two years ago, when we still didn’t know our destiny at half time.

"This has been a beautiful championship. We have to say thanks to Roma and pay our compliments to the Giallorossi, but it’s our party now. Let’s enjoy it."

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Mourinho: "The best team always wins"

SIENA – José Mourinho spoke on Inter Channel after celebrating the 18th Scudetto with his players. "The team that deserved most won the title," he said. "There are many matches in a championship and it’s always the best team that deserves to win.

"It could have been easier because we had a very interesting advantage in terms of points at the halfway stage but then we dropped many points, partly for our fault. And playing in a competition like the Champions League, where you need the necessary energy to play two-legged ties against Barcelona and Chelsea, for example, made this championship even more difficult because physically and psychologically they were hard matches.

"In this sense, Roma were calm. They were out of the UEFA Cup, they were playing one game a week, they could prepare well for every match and leave all the pressure for us. It was difficult but I had never had this experience of winning a championship at the last minute. I had won it at home, in the hotel, with three or four games left, always with great tranquillity. (Smiles) This is a new experience, which I hope is not repeated…

"Siena were already in Serie B but they played a great game today with extreme professionalism. Perhaps some players, like Rosi, were also playing for Roma, but we did very well to stay calm on the pitch. After the first goal I was expecting more but it wasn’t possible and we arrived at the end knowing that everything could change at any moment."

Inter dominated the championship, but Mourinho remembers the difficult moments. "After the game against Fiorentina and when Roma overtook us, the championship didn’t depend on us alone. We knew that it wouldn’t be enough to win every match and we hoped to overtake them in the Giallorossi’s games against Sampdoria and Lazio. Yes, that was the most complicated moment of the season. Then we played against Juventus who came to San Siro not to win, but to stop Inter from winning the championship.".

And now the Nerazzurri can look ahead to Madrid. "The championship is over now. Winning the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia is always fantastic. Bayern Munich have done it too, but only one of us can win the Champions League. Am I already thinking about the game on 22 May? I don’t know, but in this moment I don’t have the strength to go on the bus and watch Bayern on DVD. But I will be back to work tomorrow.

"I’m not thinking about my future at the moment. I’m only thinking about Inter, my players and the game against Bayern. After the final there will be time to be a bit selfish and think about what can give me greater professional pleasure, but it’s 100% percent true that I don’t already have a foot on the Real Madrid bench."

So who does the Scudetto triumph belong to? "Today’s victory belongs to everyone who is happy in this moment," said José.

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