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.”

Javi Garcia: We can beat Chelsea

“This year we have already knocked out Manchester United in the group stage. Let’s see if we can carry on our good results against English teams in the quarter-finals.”

“The Champions League draw wasn’t bad for Benfica. Our objective for the quarter-finals was not to face Barca, Madrid or Bayern and that has been achieved. The team is looking very strong in terms of morale and we are going into this tie in the best possible moment of the season.”

“The tie is very open and even. If some people are making Chelsea favourites then that can even be good for us because it transmits all of the pressure onto them, but the truth is that either side can go through.”

“With the change of coach, it seems Chelsea have been positively transformed. That will give even more intensity to this tie. It’s 50-50 but I think we have a good chance to carry on making history.”

“We are not too happy at having to play the return in London, but at this stage of the competition and with the aim of being in the semi-finals, we will give it everything in London – whatever the result is at A Luz.”

“The team are fighting for everything this season and we are at a very high level. Things are going really well but we still haven’t won (anything). Now we are entering the decisive matches of the season and we cannot let up.”

“It’s logical that playing for the Spanish national team is one of my greatest dreams, but that, at the moment, and in my position, is more than difficult.”

Platt: Mancini was furious

The assistant of Manchester City’s coach Roberto Mancini came instead of him for the press after the match agains’t Stoke City: “He is worried he might say something that might get him in hot water.”

“He was just a bit hot afterwards and once he calms down, he will be fine. You know how these things go: if he comes in and something goes out of the way or gets lost in translation.”

On question did Mancini refused to shake hands after the match with Stoke City manager, Tony Pulis, Platt said: “I don’t know.”

“There is a long way to go and there will be more twists and turns along the way, for certain. We will follow our own road as we have been doing all season and win as many games as we possibly can between now and the last match.”

“Our destiny is still well within our own hands, which is all you can ask for at this stage. The lads are positive and we move on to the next game, now.”

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.”

Welbeck: I was snubbed by City

“My Dad didn’t tell me at the time, it was just before Christmas and he didn’t want to break any bad news. It wouldn’t have mattered though. I am one of those people that if you are going to say something, just say it. I take it on the chin.”

“Straight after Christmas I played in a tournament for my local side, Fletcher Moss, and that’s where United picked me up. I went for a trial and have never looked back since. I was always a Red anyway.”

On Rooney: “He is a Scouser, I am a Manc, but we are good friends. We are always messing about and joking off the field, while on the pitch we just seem to work really well together. We kind of understand each other’s games. Obviously, partnering Wayne Rooney up front is a big honour and I’d hope he would say the same thing!”

On Fulham (next match in Premiership): “We have been in the situation a few times this season where teams just want to sit back at Old Trafford and try and get us on the counter-attack.”

“I think you have to keep playing your normal game, be patient and probe the openings by knocking the ball around. You can’t get too impatient, that is what they want. You can’t let them get into your head.”