APPIANO GENTILE – Twenty-four hours after Inter v Sampdoria and 48 hours
before Juventus v Inter. When speaking to Sky Sport 24, Javier Zanetti was
looking back at yesterday with his thoughts on tomorrow: "Saturday’s match
is one that everyone will be up for. It will always be the Derby d’Italia.
Second place is already an improvement and we hope to continue in this way.
Eight wins in a row? We were confident of being able to play a leading role and
we’re hoping we can be up there to compete for important things in a decisive
The captain commented on whether Juventus v Inter will be a challenge
for the Scudetto: "Not yet. It’s an important game for the standings for
both teams and it would be lovely if we could win in Turin. It will be a lovely
match and a difficult one, and we’re heading up there to go for it."
"We hope the refereeing is relaxed. We know that mistakes can be
made and we hope all the action takes place on the pitch, and that all the talk
is of that alone," continued Zanetti in regards to the controversy
surrounding the recent Catania v Juventus match.
An analysis of the opponents, specifically Andrea Pirlo. "He’s a
humble guy who continued to improve until he became a great champion,"
said Zanetti, before returning to the subject of his own team-mates, like
Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito: "They’re both great players who rarely
miss when the chance is there. Cassano? He’s a lad who’s always cheerful and
friendly and we have a great rapport."
The discussion turned once again towards the comparison between Andrea
Stramaccioni and José Mourinho: "There’s no use comparing them. We won so
much with José and he’ll always remain in our hearts. Andrea is doing very well
and he’s just starting. There’s every reason to believe that he’ll have a great
career. Hopefully it begins with us."
Finally, Zanetti concluded on his future: "We’ll see. At the end of
the year I’ll talk with the club. Right at this moment I feel fine on the pitch
and I hope I can stay there for a while. Then the club and I will evaluate the
possibilities of my continuing, and it really doesn’t matter whether it happens
on or off the pitch."