MORATTI: "A CONFIDENT INTER"
Tuesday, 22 August 2006 13:51:51
[FOTO Tuesday, 22 August 2006 13:51:51] LISBON - Inter patron Massimo Moratti gave this interview to Italian television station ItaliaUno after Monday evening's friendly match between Inter and Sporting Lisbon at the Estadio Jose Alvalade:
What did you think of Inter's performance against Sporting?
"I was very pleased with the first half, the team gave me an excellent impression. There was perhaps that slight delay in front of goal, but the team's approach was good. Slightly less so in the second half, but the team still imposed its game despite changing all the players and despite being in numerical inferiority."
In spite of what he did at the World Cup, Marco Materazzi is still labelled by referees like in old times.
"I didn't think anything serious happened, but you always have to try and avoid situations that could penalise the team. Materazzi didn't do it on purpose, but it could teach him to be more careful. However, he is a very good player and he will avoid doing these things in the future."
What did you think of the strike partnership of Crespo and Ibrahimovic?
"I thought it was good. As I said before there was that slight delay and that half a thousandth of a second that stops you from reaching the ball. But they gave me a good impression, just like Adriano and Recoba moved well in the second half. Cruz didn't play so I can't say anything about him."
Is there anything else you liked in particular about the match?
"If I have to mention one aspect or a player, I rather liked Maicon and how he did in those two or three moves... But what I liked most of all was the team's personality. They seemed confident, with that strong personality you need to win."
What do you think of Juventus' decision to appeal to the TAR administrative tribunal?
"They have the right to, so if they want to do it they can. I don't want to get involved in these things. But it is the mentality that has to change a bit, even though Juventus have already changed all their managers."