ROME – Javier Zanetti followed Mourinho into the Stadio Olimpico’s press room for part two of Inter’s Tim Cup final press briefing. "We came to Rome to play our game and win against Lazio," said the Inter captain. "We won and we’re top of the table. And then we stayed in Rome for the Coppa Italia final. All the rest doesn’t interest us. We have always behaved like professionals and acted in good faith. We’re just focused on our objectives."
From winning nothing to winning a lot. What has changed at Inter? "We have had great continuity since we started winning," explained Zanetti. "We have a coach who has created a great group and the results have come. It’s incredible to be at the top for so long. The coach always prepares for matches in the best way and gives us all the information we need. He has been doing an excellent job since he arrived. Are we worried he will leave? The team has to finish the season in the best way and then we hope he will stay. These are personal decisions, so we will see."
When asked if tomorrow’s cup final against Roma is a chance to forget about 5 May 2002, Zanetti replied: "Let’s hope so. Unfortunately there was that date, but we really want to win tomorrow because we want to win all four of these finals that remain."
Inter face Siena on the last day of the season and according to journalists their players will be given a bonus if they defeat the Nerazzurri. "This doesn’t interest me, you’ll have to ask their president," said Zanetti. "We will think about Chievo first and then we will go to Siena. I hope it’s the pitch that decides which team is the strongest."
Is this season Zanetti’s best ever? "It’s a unique season for me, because reaching this level at my age and my first Champions League final is a dream," he said. "Let’s hope we can win it. It would be very important for me to lift this trophy as captain of Inter."