GUBBIO – "We have made it through to the match that everyone hopes to play from the very start of the season. Now we have to put that great derby win behind us, but we must hold on to the strength, the determination, the will to win and the positive attitude we showed in those 122 minutes. We need these qualities to make this into an unforgettable evening," said Daniele Bernazzani in an interview on inter.it the day before the Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti final, which is scheduled for Saturday 9 June at the Stadio Barbetti in Gubbio (kick-off 21:00, live on Sportitalia 1).
"We’ll be facing a Lazio side that wants to win it just as much as we do," he continued. "They have already shown how well they can play in this tournament and how good they are at creating problems for their opponents. I’m sure it won’t be difficult to stimulate my lads because since I first put foot into the changing rooms they showed they were mature and had ideals which went way beyond sport alone. We did play two tough matches in three days and we gave all we had on the pitch. But the team are in good shape, mentally and physically. They are enthusiastic about playing an important match like this, so it doesn’t take them long to recuperate physical and nervous energy. Will Marko Livaja be fit to play? We have shown we are a squad. Marko is an important member of that squad, but if I decide to play someone, they’ll know what to do and they’ll have been picked for a reason."
His thoughts turned to Nerazzurri keeper Raffaele Di Gennaro, who was injured during the semi-final against AC Milan: "That’s the only bitter note surrounding these last few days. We are all really sorry about what happened to Raffaele, but he’s a strong kid and he’ll know how to come through this difficult situation well. The lads were rocked by his injury when it happened, but during the interval between the full-time whistle and the beginning of extra time they rallied round and concentrated their energies on winning for him. Raffaele was injured defending our goal and his team-mates did everything in their power to take him with them into the final. I can assure you that even if he isn’t physically with us in Gubbio everyone will feel that he’s out there on the pitch fighting alongside us to win the match."
"We’ve come this far and we want to go all the way," concluded Bernazzani. "Anything can happen in football, but we assure you that we will do everything in our power right up to the final whistle. I know how much these lads still have to give and I’m sure they will tomorrow evening. We know we’ll have the support of those marvellous fans led by the Interclubs of Gubbio and Foligno behind us. They were a great help all through the semi-final and their support tomorrow will be like having a twelfth man on the pitch."