APPIANO GENTILE – "The next match is always the most important one," replied Claudio Ranieri, when asked if he had thought about his return to the Stadio Olimpico to face Roma."
"Well, I’m not one to care too much about the name of the opposition. You go out onto the pitch, you knock, you fight and that’s it," said the coach. "I’m dedicating my concentration completely to tomorrow’s match, then we’ll have Moscow and then Napoli. It’s too far ahead to be thinking into the future."
On the subject of tomorrow’s game Wesley Sneijder’s name wasn’t on the player-list, as he picked up a thigh strain in training: "I had told him to take it easy considering he had already had a minor problem, but he’s a dedicated professional and when he saw a good chance he shot on goal and felt the twinge. So, I’m not taking him to Bologna; I don’t want to risk him and I hope he’ll be fit in time for Moscow."
The Japanese journalists at Appiano Gentile asked the new coach for a comment on Yuto Nagatomo: "Nagatomo has settled in very well; he’s a great, great player, he’s very careful and diligent, always ready to do what he’s asked to. He’s quick and he can adapt his game to play on the left or on the right. I like him."
Finally looking over his present situation which has turned to blue and black and a changing atmosphere at the club: "Ideas about what to do? I have plenty of ideas, it’s just a question of putting them into practice. Crossing and getting the ball into the box is what these boys do best. They have always created scoring opportunities and in many cases they didn’t put them away on account of bad luck and I hope this change of atmosphere will make itself felt…"