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.”

Luis Enrique on result agains’t AC Milan

“There are no particular problems to report, I have nothing to scrutinise about the team. It was a good game. In the second half, Ibrahimovic was decisive, but we played to the maximum of our capabilities. I think our two central defenders played very well as Ibrahimovic is very difficult to mark. I’m not 100% happy about our first half display because we could have done better in terms of keeping possession.”

“After the break, however, we played better. Our goal came when we were on top. We were close to getting a positive result, but these games are decided by small details, so we still have to improve from this point of view. We must also not forget that we played the league champions and league leaders.”

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.”

Inter’s trio on situation in club

On media accusations that he refused to go on bench in the match agains’t Atalanta Diego Forlan replied: “A lot can be said after the event, but I think it’s important that people know something, and that is what the press have reported is wrong. I have respect for the Inter fans, for the shirt, and I haven’t come here to mess things up. If I have to apologise because some people think I’ve made a mistake, then I apologise, we can all make mistakes, but now I want to say what actually happened.  There are some troublemakers out there who know how to take advantage of certain situations. We’re all very much together and there’s no problem. It’s true that things aren’t going well at the moment, but I’m keen to do well, I want to play, score lots of goals, and help the team.”


Stankovic ahead of clash agains’t Juventus: “Juventus have much more to lose than Inter. They are fighting for the Scudetto and we know that brings a lot of extra pressure. They really can not afford to drop any points. There will be even more pressure on them if AC Milan win their league game on Saturday. It hurts to see us like this in the league table. However, we have some important games coming up against Udinese and Lazio for third place. We are still a feared opponent.”


Pazzini ahead of clash agains’t Juventus: “Motivation comes by itself in a game like this. Juventus have more to lose than us, while we want to do well, above all for President Massimo Moratti. The President has always stuck right by us and that is wonderful for the team, to have someone like him putting his faith in us and pushing us forward. It’s important. We will continue to believe in third place until it becomes mathematically impossible. It’s pointless making calculations now or looking round to what the other sides are doing. First of all, we have to start winning.”

Chiellini: Inter is our biggest rival

Juventus will play agains’t Inter on Sunday at Juventus Arena in Torino. AC Milan will play agains’t AS Roma on Saturday at San Siro. Currently, AC Milan have 4 points more then Juventus, so the club from Torino will give their all to win in this derby.

“It’s true that at this moment in time the game with Inter perhaps doesn’t have as much media impact as in the past, but they remain our greatest rivals and we talked about this match a lot this week.”

“This year Inter are going through a difficult time. They were strong and at this moment we feel that we’re in better shape than they are. I hope this season can represent the start of a new era for Juventus.”

We’ve already published interview of Massimo Moratti on this topic (click here). All we can say is it will be an interesting match.