Cambiasso: "Now we need to win in Siena"

MILAN – Esteban Cambiasso spoke on Sky Sport Italia after Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Chievo.

"We have enough experience of football to know that games can change until the last moment," said the Argentine midfielder, who started and finished off the move for Inter’s second goal. "So when San Siro exploded with joy at Cagliari’s goal we tried to stay calm because we knew the Scudetto race wasn’t over. 

Was it better to win the title today? "It’s the same; the important thing is to win it," said Cambiasso. "Now we go to Siena with the determination and desire to win the game and the championship.

"The fans were expecting a lot from this game today and we managed to react after going behind. It’s a shame we conceded those two goals but it doesn’t matter, now we just want to go and win in Siena."


Milito: "Now we have a final in Siena"

MILAN – Diego Milito put Inter 3-1 up against Chievo with a delightful lob. "As soon as I saw the goalkeeper out of position I tried the lob and it went very well," said the Argentine striker on his 21st goal of the Serie A season. 

"I’m happy with the victory but even happier for the team’s victory. The Scudetto? Now we have a final in Siena. It’s a shame we slowed down at a certain point during the game but we reacted. Now we have two days off and we need them to be at our best in Siena.

"I’m feeling good. I’m a bit tired but this is normal at the end of a season."


Moratti: "Two games. No distractions"

MILAN – Inter president Massimo Moratti spoke briefly to journalists this morning on his arrival at the Saras offices in Milan’s city centre.

This is what he said:

President, once again this season Inter will learn their Serie A destiny in Siena.
"It seems to be destiny that Inter always play against Siena at the end of the season. It’s a nice place, so I go there willingly."

The whole crowd at the Meazza re-embraced Mario Balotelli yesterday.
"It’s a natural sign of a fan who finds a champion playing, working hard and being useful. It’s natural, I don’t think there’s any prejudice."

The crowd also showed great esteem for José Mourinho.
"I should think so too. He’s a coach who has done very well since he has been at Inter, and he has a contract to stay here so everybody is trying to win him over with passion, love, recognition and everything that a person can show."

Does Moratti feel that he needs to do something to convince Mourinho to stay in Milan?
"No. Quite honestly, for now I’m thinking about finishing the championship. All these things are things they think on the outside of the club. Also, we don’t even know if everything that is said is true, so I don’t see why we should start saying certain things."

Many found your statement on the future of Mourinho ‘there are still two matches to play, then we will see’ to be enigmatic.
"There’s nothing enigmatic, it’s just spontaneous. We have two very important games to play and nobody wants any distractions, neither Mourinho nor myself or the players."

With what spirit do Inter go into these last two decisive matches?
"With the same spirit that we have had in all these years when we have had decisive matches to play. The Champions League is obviously a higher level, but we will play it as we always do: with great faith in the players. We don’t think this situation is a coincidence and this is very important because it means that we are all aware of the personality, strength, continuity and great professionalism of this group."

Inter slowed down between February and March but it seemed planned when you consider the strength with which the team has arrived at this final phase of the season…
"I don’t know if it was planned but maybe it helped the team to be in its current form. It certainly wasn’t to lose or draw a few matches. And I’m also very happy to see my players this strong."

What do you think about Mourinho being referrred to the disciplinary commission for what was a joke? It could result in a disqualification for the coach on the final day of the championship.
"I don’t think he will get a suspension for the next and last game because otherwise it would be something done on purpose. Mourinho made a joke and the recepient of it – the Siena president – understood this perfectly."


José Mourinho number 1 for AIPS

LONDON – (by Gianni Merlo, AIPS President) – José Mourinho is currently the most highly valued trainer in the world, according to a survey made during the 73rd annual congress of the International Sports Press Association, AIPS held this week in Antalya, Turkey.

The question "Who is the best trainer in the world?" was put to 200 journalists from 96 countries, and the results were as follows: Mou was preferred by 36%, Ferguson by 20%, Hiddink by 13.3%, Capello by 9.3%, Lippi by 8%, Dunga by 6.7%, Bielsa by 4% and Van Gaal by 2.7%. Mou is a great communicator and knows how to create interest – even when he’s frowning and silent, he creates a sensation.

He never goes unnoticed. He’s also careful about the way he dresses. He knows how to go onstage. He steals the show so he’s loved – and hated. I rarely write about football; I amuse myself arguing with Lippi and Capello because there’s always something to learn and I admit that I’d love to have the opportunity to talk about sport with Mou because he has a lively mind. It’s not by accident that he was chosen by colleagues from around the world as Number 1.

In Antalya we also asked who would be top scorer in South Africa and Lionel Messi won hands down, being chosen 43%. He was followed by Rooney with 14.9%, Kaka with 9.2%, Fabiano with 8.1%, Torres with 6.9%, Ronaldo and Villa with 5.8%, Drogba with 4.6% and Klose with 1.2%.

Brazil was considered the favourite for the title with a margin of 4.4% over Argentina, i.e. 28.3% against 23.9%, followed by Spain at 19.6%, England at 10.9%, Italy and Germany at 6.5% and the Netherlands at 4.4%.