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."