Ranieri: "If it hadn’t been for Herrera…"

APPIANO GENTILE – "The first press conference always goes well: the journalists are all good, they ask and they want to know. Then we’ll see how the second one goes, and the third, but that’s all part of the job, at this stage we are vaccinated against them." Claudio Ranieri told Inter Channel of his first impressions immediately after his meeting with the press as new coach of Inter, when he was officially presented in the press conference, which finished a short time ago at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti.

There were many questions and the Nerazzurri coach replied with his thoughts, emotions and objectives for the future. There was one question he hadn’t been expecting, though. "I didn’t understand that question about the fans, because it implied that I am not welcome for some Inter supporters. I didn’t understand it because I can honestly say that whether I’m in Milan or elsewhere, I have always been respected."

At this stage Roberto Scarpini passed on messages to Ranieri from Inter fans that had been sent to the studio, which describe the Inter coach as he really is, a well-mannered, well-behaved person and a very sporting adversary: "I think I’m like this all the time; everything I do, I do it with love and passion. Of course there were some skirmishes with José Mourinho, but this is all part of the logic in the press and we played on it, too. A verbal argument is one thing, the mutual respect which two people have always had for one another is something different."

A striped blue and black shirt with his name on it was the first present Inter gave to the new coach. "Who would Claudio Ranieri be if he were still a player today? Chivu, an outside left. But what I can tell you now is that if I’m here today, it’s all thanks to Herrera: it was he who chose me from among a thousand little boys, If Helenio Herrera hadn’t been at Roma, I might not have been here today."

An English television company was waiting to interview the coach after the exclusive on Inter Channel and Claudio Ranieri moved off with a smile: "I’d better go now. I have to speak English and if I don’t concentrate, people will think Mourinho was right when he said I only know how to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon’…[smiling, Ed]."

And so from all of us ‘Good Luck Mr Ranieri!’

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