VERONA – "The whole team responded superbly, with pride, a warm heart and a cool head. We controlled the game even after the missed penalty. And we got what we deserved – even if it did only come in the 86th minute." The words, as always straight up and genuine, came from Dejan Stankovic as he described to Inter Channel the team’s display at the Stadio Bentegodi this evening. It was an evening in which Stankovic probably deserved a goal for his efforts but he’s not thinking about it: "It doesn’t matter, I’m happy with everything tonight because we earned a win on a horrible pitch. Now we can rest a bit and prepare to win again on Tuesday."
What about the images of the Nerazzurri hugging each other at the end of Chievo v Inter: "In the good and the bad, we all suffer together. It was a release of tension because we’d won after such a long time and a sign of our determination to do well."
VERONA – On Sky Sport Italia, before any questions were asked, Claudio Ranieri
was shown the images in which he becomes emotional after Inter’s second goal
scored by Diego Milito against Chievo Verona. "What does it mean? That it
matters to me. That I’m happy for the lads because they were playing really
well, and that they deserved it after a month without a win and with everything
we’ve been forced to swallow. It was a great satisfaction for them. Emotion is
the most beautiful thing. I do this job to feel emotions, both positive and
negative, but to tell the truth the positive ones are better. Today’s result is
for morale. I told the team to start again from the 2nd half against Catania.
It’s a big breath of oxygen and I hope that on Tuesday against Marseille the
San Siro with be full and the fans will be urging us on. It won’t be an easy
game, but we’ll try. We have a chance. Let’s try and see what we can manage to
do with our fans behind us."
Ranieri continued: "Now the next step is to move forward in the Champions League. We know very well how important it is for everyone, but especially for us who take to the pitch. We’ll do what we’ve been doing up to now. Certainly winning gives you that joy because football is sport and for such an important team as Inter to go a month without a goal and see all those things vanish isn’t easy. So I have to say thanks to these lads."
An extra boost could come from the fact that this evening Olympique Marseille suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in Ligue 1, but Ranieri responded that, "we have to find the reason for hope within ourselves. Certainly, this win came at the right time and gave us courage. We must use every weapon we have."
President Moratti was also present at the Stadio Bentegodi tonight in Verona. The Nerazzurri coach commented: "He was happy like the rest of us and he congratulated us. He had come to be near us, not for what happened against Novara. The president has always given his full support. I have an excellent rapport with him and therefore I will continue to work and ensure that this team comes back even more. I’m relaxed and I also believe he is because for a coach who has lost for a month it’s not easy to remain calm and to me he seems to have managed."
After Ranieri’s compliments for president Moratti came more directed to Andrea Poli: "He’s a very generous lad. He played a great game and I’m very happy with his performance. But just highlighting only him right now wouldn’t be right because the entire team played as a team. I hadn’t seen Inter play this way for a long time. Why did I only see it now? That’s not the case, but there were players who were injured. I always have to bring out the best on the basis of training, then if I need to change strategy I’m never afraid to. This game gave us some good confirmation; from the two forwards to Sneijder, who never stopped moving for a second. I had never seen him like that since I’ve been here and if he continues like this he’ll make the difference this year as well. Forlan is finding the right rhythm. I’m convinced that now he’ll also score some important goals for us. Now we’ll face Marseille with more confidence and more joy. When things don’t go well I’ll always say so. I really liked the team precisely because we were coming off of a terrible month. Today we started with the right attitude, and also tonight all the conditions were there for us to collapse again, but tonight the lads were exceptional. In short, I’d say that they truly played like Inter."
VERONA – "This evening’s win was important first of all for the result.
Then there’s the fact that the team seemed on the rise to me. They put a steady
approach into the play and looked good on the pitch. Finally, there’s the point
of view of the Champions League, since Tuesday we have an important match and
it can be useful for morale." Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, president
Massimo Moratti provided a brief but effective statement on why Inter’s victory
against Chievo tonight was fundamental.
Regarding images of an emotional Claudio Ranieri after the goal from Diego
Milito, the president smiled and confessed that, "I didn’t have tears, but
the pleasure and satisfaction of the team scoring and winning again." A
victory that also came thanks to the president’s words, since he always stands
beside his team. "Before the opening kick-off I said what is usually said
before a game, meaning for them to remember the strength of the team, their
faith, their pride. At the end they all embraced. They were all happy, with no
big speeches but rather big smiles and celebrations. Also because it was
Inter’s birthday today."
The result provides confidence a few days before the match against Olympique
Marseille: "We hope this gets things started again, but the Champions
League is a competition in itself and I hope that they take it on with plenty
of fighting spirit and with the knowledge of the significance that this
Ranieri stated that the team played as Inter plays. Moratti spoke on whether
this can be enough to eliminate the French opponent: "Today the team
played with confidence and character. I think against Marseille it will be
necessary to give a bit more. They played like Inter, as they won the match
Praising the performance of Andrea Poli ("He really played a good game and
proved he’s a lad that deserves to be in an important team. He was always
alert"), the president tackled the discussion regarding the renewal of
Inter’s squad: "Is it necessary or not? If I were to say no then what
would happen [smiling]? I’ve always believed that a team needs experience.
We’ll see what it will be necessary to do."
From Naples, connected by the studio of Sky Sport Italia, there was Walter
Mazzarri, who Massimo Moratti congratulated for Napoli’s win over Cagliari
("It’s one thing to have good players and another to get them to play
well"), joking about the possible negotiations to bring Ezequiel Lavezzi
to Inter: "I would gladly do it… [smiling]."
VERONA – "Zanetti provided me with a fantastic cross, he’s such an amazing player. My saved penalty? When that happens it means you didn’t take it well: I struck it hard but it was too central." Diego Milito beamed as he spoke to Inter Channel: his late header doubled Inter’s lead against Chievo and was almost enough to erase the memory of Stefano Sorrentino’s save that denied the Prince the chance to make it 0-1 in the first half.
Wesley Sneijder had a great game, as Milito was keen to emphasise: "He’s a massive player, I’ve always said that. He plays such a key role, especially for us forwards, because he serves us the ball and keeps the team ticking over. He was magnificent tonight."
The Argentine striker smiled again at the end as he joked with Edoardo Caldara and Nagaja Beccalossi about a coincidence: Esteban Cambiasso came off the bench and the goals started to flow. "It’s true, when he came on the game changed," confirmed Milito, "but it was important to win for this group that has always stuck together through thick and thin."
VERONA – "It was a goal that we, the group, needed and that we all needed because
we’re struggling this year. Now we have a big game to face on Tuesday, but you can all see that we’re here and so is our spirit. We wanted to win this match."
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia was Walter Samuel, who opened the scoring this
evening against Chievo; of his 24 goals now 4 have been scored against the team
Now the Nerazzurri direct all their thoughts towards the Champions League match
against Olympique Marseille. The defender explained: "We’ll show up in
good shape. It was important to win tonight for morale and now we’ll go for it
knowing that it won’t be an easy game. A win against Chievo for Ranieri? Not
only that. This is for everyone. We’re together every day and it’s not that the
victory is for one person or another but rather for everyone who is experiencing
this moment with us."