Zanetti: "We want Champions League football"

MILAN
– The 17th
edition of the San Siro Gentleman Awards was held at Milan’s Hotel
Marriott
this evening: an annual prize-giving ceremony in which awards are dished
out to Inter and AC Milan players who have distinguished themselves for fair
play, uniting competitive sport with moral values on the pitch.
Inter skipper Javier Zanetti picked up two ‘Gentleman 2012’ accolades to cap a
year which saw him set a new all-time appearance record for the club.
This is what Zanetti had to say before the ceremony:

"We’re working
hard to make that third Champions League berth ours; we want it and we
believe we can get it. There are four games to go and we’ll keep trying until the end.

"800 appearances? It will have to be next season
now: I won’t make it this year because I’ve had to sit out for a while.
But I will at the start of the next campaign because I want to keep
doing my bit for this club. What then? I was asked if I’d like to
work as a director or as a coach and I said as a director, but I
never said I already had my own desk waiting for me.

"We’re
working well with Stramaccioni; he’s brought in enthusiasm and he has
everything he needs to keep going with us. He knows exactly what he wants.
Gasperini and Ranieri? I have respect for both of them, they did
their best but the results didn’t come.

"The
future of Inter? A mix of youth and experience.

"The
Milan derby? We have two games to go and we’ll be up there battling
it out for third place.

"Sneijder
and Alvarez? They were out with injuries for a long time, now they’re
back and they’re helping us with the quality they have.

"What
about Juventus adding a third star to their shirts if they win
another Scudetto this year? If that’s what they want to do then so be
it, there’s no point commenting on it, we’re thinking about
ourselves.

"Have
I spoken to Mourinho? We’ve texted each other, I was very sorry for
him. So was he of course, he really wanted to win it but when it
came down to the luck of penalties things went the way they did. I think we can say that Bayern deserved it though.

"How
am I doing? I’ll try to make it for Sunday but we’ll have to see with
the doctor and the coach.

"Who
would I rather see win the Scudetto, Juventus or AC Milan? I don’t
know, we’re focused on securing Champions League football and on
building a great squad for next year; we’re not thinking about the
others."

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