Guarin: Thank you Villas Boas

“I haven’t spoken to him yet, but if I am here at Inter then I owe him a lot. I know that Inter asked him about me and he responded with some very important words.”

“It’s really important for me to be here at a club like this. Inter are a great institution and I want to win a lot – just like I did at Porto.”

“We won nine trophies in three years and I want to try and repeat that feat here in Italy.”

He is currently on loan from Porto (Inter payed €1.5m for that). If Nerazzurri’s side decides to buy him out, the price will be €12m (buyout clause for Italian team).

Mourinho: Interista forever!

“Inter is my home, a return home is always possible. It’s the same with ‘Lele’ (Gabriele Oriali, former technical director of Inter) – he must go home.”

“Like all the Inter fans I want him (Stramaccioni) to do well. I’m sorry for Ranieri, but football is like this. When things go wrong, coaches are changed.”

About Materazzi with who he had special relationship: “I miss him a lot, but we are close now and we always will be. I’m sure he’s happy with our (Jose’s new club, Real Madrid) result today (Tuesday). For me, he will always be a brother.”

Sacchi on new coach of Inter

FC Internazionale have sacked Ranieri yesterday, and appointed coach of Inter Primavera (juniors), Andrea Stramaccioni, with who he won NextGen Series on Sunday agains’t Ajax (the game was played in London and president Massimo Moratti was there), the same day when Inter lost agains’t Juventus in Torino.

The former coach of Italian national team, Arrigo Sacchi, said:

“The entire staff in the Italian Football Federation and I wanted him for the Under-17 team. He is an interesting youngster and he is a coach who is prepared, even though Italy is not a country where youngsters are given opportunities.”

“I think that he can make his mark at Inter. He is not a magician, in order to do well he will need to be able to work in a calm atmosphere.”

Stankovic ahead of clash

“Let’s put the game on the scales and see what Juventus could win or lose and what Inter could win or lose. At the moment, the team with the most to lose is Juve because they are fighting for the Scudetto and the pressure will certainly be on them. ”

“They are playing well, they’re in the Coppa Italia final, but the Derby d’Italia always carries its own weight. And remember, Inter are the only Italian team to have won the treble.”

“Inter are looking to bounce back and get things back on track yet again. We want to win; we’re going to Turin to win the game and it won’t be easy. But I think Inter will play with a little less pressure on them.”

Stankovic is still looking for his first goal in Serie A, on question is this the match: “When I was a kid, I was told that great games are meant for great players. So, we’ll see … It would certainly be nice because I’ve never ended a season without scoring a single goal.”

Coaches ahead of clash

Conte (coach of Juventus): “Inter will play the game of their lives. It is a very deeply-felt match for them and they will also want to interrupt our unbeaten record. The challenge with Inter is important for the present, but the past doesn’t interest me. These are truly fundamental points up for grabs and we expect great support from our fans.”

“All we can do is take it one match at a time and always give 100 per cent, then we’ll see where we end up. We are playing against champions so we must concentrate. I don’t see a depressed Inter, so they’re certainly not coming to Turin to act as sacrificial lambs.”

“We achieved our first objective which was reaching the Coppa Italia final and eliminating Milan, so we must compliment the lads. There is no first-choice starting XI for me. I always try to pick the side that I consider to be the best to win this particular game.”

Ranieri (coach of Inter): “In this situation, the game is more important for Juventus than Inter, so they have more to lose. With a defeat, Juve would see Milan break further away at the top of the table. They are also afraid that Inter can be the first team to beat them this season. It’s a derby, I know, having been on the other end and realising full well what his game means.”

On time when he was coach of Juventus, Ranieri said: “I took over a side that was coming up from Serie B and lacked many champions. In the last four or five years everything has changed, as they are building a new project, the philosophy and above all, the budget has been totally transformed.”

“Am I disappointed at not continuing in Turin? We all have our karma, our story, and I always reconstructed wherever I went, but never bowed to compromises. The reason I left was there were three of us choosing players. At that moment I was excluded from making decisions, then I walked away.”

“In recent outings we’ve seemed less weighed down. Now we are ready to face this Juventus, a side which are doing really well. It’s not true that we have nothing to lose though. You always want to win a big game and although Juve run the biggest risks, I would’ve preferred to be in their shoes.”