Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mourinho will stay in Inter till the end of 2011/2012 season

(GSM) - Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho insists he intends to honor his stay in Italy and remain with the Nerazzurri until 2012.

Mourinho extended his contract last year, however some still believe he could leave after this season comes to an end.

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho has been constantly linked with a move back to England where he enjoyed great success. His relation with the Italian media has deteriorated after the media criticized him for his style of management and continuous off-the-pitch rants.

The Portuguese tactician has voiced his desire to return to England on many occasions, but he insists that he wants to see out his contract with Inter until 2012.

"There are no friends in football, so to be able to say that I am the friend of my ex-president Roman Abramovich makes me happy and one day this will happen with Moratti because the relationship with him is positive and sincere," Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia.

"When I am no longer a coach I will remember a president who has always been fair with me and I hope that he remembers me in the future as a positive trainer, but we are speaking about the future.

"Because at this moment I am and I'll be Inter coach.

"On the contrary of what was said when I signed until 2012, I did it with the intention of staying until 2012.

"Me and the club have done it with the conviction to go forward until 2012."

Mourinho joined Inter last season and won the Serie A with Inter in his first season in Italy. It is likely that Inter will win a second consecutive Italian league title. However, Mourinho has been under-fire after failing to raise Inter's standards on the European scene.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mourinho Pleased With 'Well-Deserved' Win Over Livorno

Inter Coach Mourinho Pleased With 'Well-Deserved' Win Over Livorno. The 'Special One' thinks his team had the match under control. Inter coach Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his team for their hard-fought 1-0 win against Livorno in the Coppa Italia.

It took a Wesley Sneijder free kick in the 59th minute to separate the two sides, and the Nerazzurri now advance to the next round of the tournament.

"I think that Inter deserved the victory," Mourinho declared to the inter.it. "The team was compact, and everything was under control.

"We had some great chances to go ahead from the start, and even in the second half, we could have closed the match out earlier.

"I am pleased, as there were no injuries, and now we can think about the quarter-finals.

According to Mourinho's counterpart, Serse Cosmi, the handball which led to the Dutchman's goal, was not non-existent.

"The Livorno coach has the right to complain," Mourinho responded. "If he is correct or not, I do not know.

"But I believe that a team that has four or five clear chances on goal deserves to really win the match," he summed up.

source: Goal.com

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mourinho breathes a sigh of relief

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho hailed his squad's team-work as they booked their place in the next round with a 2-0 victory over Rubin Kazan.

ed out after a shock home defeat to Bayern Munich, the Nerazzurri needed a victory over the Russian side to ensure they finished second in Group F behind holders Barcelona, and Mourinho was delighted to avoid the potential banana skin.

"This is the merit of all the squad,'' he said. "From our goalkeeper Julio Cesar to our striker Mario Balotelli, to those players that were on the bench and those that watched the game from the stands. The group has been able to stick together and suffer together.''

Last season Mourinho announced he wanted to be drawn against Manchester United in the last 16 and had his wish granted, only for the Red Devils to knock Inter out of the competition.

"When last year I said I would have preferred to face Manchester United, I did not say that because they were European champions,'' said Mourinho, "but because it would have given my team an extra motivation to face such a side.

"This year we cannot face Barcelona. But there are two top English clubs, then there's Real Madrid and Sevilla, who some may consider a weaker side but I believe it is a very difficult side to face. Bordeaux has done very well as well. I really don't know which one I would prefer.''

The Champions League knock-out draw takes place on December 18.

source: soccernet.espn.go.com

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Arrogant quotes by Mourinho

The best team lost. After they scored only one team played, the other one just defended for the whole game. [on losing to Liverpool in Europe]

It was a goal that came from the moon - from the Anfield stands [defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League]

I am not concerned about how Chelsea are viewed morally. What does concern me is that we are treated in a different way to other clubs. Some clubs are treated as devils, some are treated as angels. I don't think we are so ugly that we should be seen as the devil and I don't think Arsene Wenger and David Dein are so beautiful that they should be viewed as angels.

Buying players for Chelsea is the hardest job in the Premier League.

I can say to him in the next 10 years we will compare trophies at Chelsea and at Liverpool. And he will lose.
[on Steven Gerrard]

We spoke yesterday so for me that is enough. If he understands me now, life will be easy for him, if he still doesn't understand me, then he must have another IQ test [on criticism by Ricardo Carvalho]

We have eight matches and eight victories, with 16 goals, but people say we cannot play, that we are a group of clowns. This is not right.

This was a victory that we truly deserved, and now we can set our sights on qualifying from our next couple of games

Inter have high jumped from the bottom to the top of Group F, in the space of 90 minutes in this season’s UEFA Champions League, after accounting for Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Ukraine.

The Nerazzurri went behind midway through the first half, when Andriy Shevchenko put the hosts ahead, however two very late goals to Diego Milito and Wesley Sneijder proved to be enough for the Italians.

“This was a victory that we truly deserved, and now we can set our sights on qualifying from our next couple of games,” Jose Mourinho declared to Sky in a post-match interview.

“I think in the second half, we changed the character and personality of the team. I made some changes, but the team responded well to the message I gave them at the interval.

“They achieved this result by fighting tooth and nail for it, and they all played with their hearts on their sleeves as well. We deserved to win,” Mourinho reaffirmed.

As previously mentioned, the reigning Italian champions are now top of their group after four rounds of matches, however the race to progress is still well and truly up for grabs.

He continued, “The battle of qualification is more open than ever. It’s a very balanced group, and it is an incredible situation with just four teams.

“This match for us will be a starting point to improve our performances in the competition.

“I think that we will be able to qualify with just a win now, so I want a packed San Siro stadium for our next game in Europe.”

The Nerazzurri travel to the Camp Nou on match day five, to take on Barcelona, whilst they play host to the reigning Russian champions Rubin Kazan in the final round of matches.

source: Goal.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Something worth RESPECT!

Mourinho is currently on a run of 123 home league matches unbeaten (38 with Porto, 60 with Chelsea and 25 with Inter). His last and only home league defeat came when Porto were defeated 3–2 by Beira-Mar on 23 February 2002.

Mourinho statement: Not much sucess with Inter so far

Inter boss Jose Mourinho has said in an interview with Portuguese daily A Bola that the Nerazzurri do not yet feature in his career highlights, but he says that’s only because they are a work in progress.

“Among are certainly the draw against Sporting Lisbon with a ten-man Uniao Leiria, then the UEFA Cup I won with Porto in 2003 and the first league title with Chelsea,” Mourinho recalled.

“As for Inter, I don’t have indelible memories yet, because I am an ambitious person and always hungry. I want new challenges and new conquests. And only then will they be imprinted in my memory.”

The ‘Special One’ received a touchline ban on Monday after being sent off for dissent during Sunday’s game at Cagliari and will sit in the stands on Wednesday night as the Beneamata welcome Napoli to the Stadio San Siro.

source: kikil.com

Mourinho statements before Dinamo Kiev - Inter match

Inter boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that everything is on the line for his team against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, stating the match is not “like a final” as some have suggested.

“I do not believe tomorrow’s match is crucial and the reason is simple. If any of the four teams in the group were to win tomorrow, they will still not be assured of qualification from the group,” he explained at a press conference.

“Therefore, I don’t see this match as a final.”

Inter have had several injuries to contend with recently. Mourinho admitted he is not yet sure of his starting XI, with the likes of Thiago Motta, Wesley Sneijder, Mario Balotelli, Cristian Chivu, and Sulley Muntari all in doubt.

“I have to see how they are all doing,” he continued. “Training today will be crucial in deciding who I send out and who I do not.

“They will tell me, in the presence of the medical staff, whether they are able to play or not.”

Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Shevchenko has been in good form lately, unlike his time at Chelsea under Mourinho.

“He told me the reason for this when we met at the San Siro two weeks ago. He claimed that for the first time in three years, he did not have problems with his shoulder and was able to train with continuity,” revealed the ex-Porto tactician.

source: kikil.com

Friday, October 9, 2009

Liverpools manager Rafa Benítez likes Chelsea without José Mourinho

Rafael Benítez has said any tensions between him and Chelsea disappeared when José Mourinho left Stamford Bridge. With neither man seeking to disguise their dislike for each other, fixtures between Chelsea and Liverpool came to carry as much edge as any game in the Premier League calendar. However, the Liverpool manager said that since Mourinho's sacking two years ago, he has enjoyed an excellent rapport with his successors."I have had a very good relationship with all of them," he said. "It was good with Mourinho at the beginning – but he changed when we started winning. That wasn't my responsibility. Carlo Ancelotti is very competitive but he does it with respect. He doesn't need to do these [mind games]. He is a professional."Luiz Felipe Scolari was a good professional, a nice person, someone you could talk with before and after games. He has a lot of experience and is a good manager."This will be the first time that Ancelotti and Benítez have met in anything other than a European Cup final – Milan gained revenge in 2007 for their stunning reverse two years earlier in Istanbul.Benítez said he was bemused by comments from the Liverpool defender Fábio Aurélio that at half-time in Florence on Tuesday night he had been as angry as his players had ever seen him. However, he admitted he was more annoyed at being two down to Fiorentina than trailing Ancelotti's Milan by three goals in the 2005 final."In Istanbul, we were in a final in my first year at Liverpool and we were 3-0 down so I couldn't be angry, I had to be positive. Maybe Fábio hasn't been with me for too many games. At half-time you have to react but my players know I will give analysis, solutions and advice rather than shouting too much. All I said is that from the manager down to the kit man we had been very poor in the first half."
source: guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Outspoken Behaviour Cost Jose Mourinho Barcelona Job

source: goal.com

Outspoken Behaviour Cost Jose Mourinho Barcelona Job - Report Outspoken behaviour may make the Inter boss a character, but it cost him a chance of the top job at Camp Nou...

Jose Mourinho could have been preparing Barcelona to face Inter this week in the Champions League, but his desire to be controversial cost him the chance, according to a report.

The Portuguese coach allegedly held a secret meeting with Blaugrana officials during the 2007-08 campaign, when he was not in work, and came close to being appointed only for one characteristic to let him down.

Barca had decided to release Frank Rijkaard at the end of that same season following defeat in Camp Nou by Real Madrid, and the search for a new trainer took them to Mourinho.

Sport state that technical secretary Txiki Begiristain and then sporting vice president Marc Ingla flew separately to Portugal to meet the coach and his agent, Jorge Mendes.

To avoid the news of the meeting leaking out, the quartet met in the safe rooms of a bank in Lisbon, where Mourinho was handed a nine-point document that outlined what his duties would be.
According to the report, the current Inter boss agreed to all of them bar one. He was not keen on point six, which demanded he behave with the media and respect all opponents.

Mourinho thrives on his outspoken behaviour and believes that using the media to gain advantages ahead of matches is crucial, but Barca did not agree and ruled him out of their thoughts.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mourinho's 10 most special spats with managers and other football figures PART 2

source: mirrorfootball.co.uk

4) Mourinho v Claudio Ranieri (August 2008)
Shortly after arriving in Italy, Mourinho took aim at Ranieri for his failure to win trophies at Chelsea.

Ranieri: "I don't like the way he stirs up controversies from time to time. Our frictions have nothing to do with the fact that he replaced me at Chelsea.

Mourinho: "I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say 'good morning' and 'good afternoon'.

Ranieri: "Unlike Mourinho I don’t need to win to be sure about what I am doing."

Mourinho: "I guess he's right with what he said. I am very demanding of myself and I have to win to be sure of things. This is why I have won so many trophies in my career. Ranieri on the other hand has the mentality of someone who doesn't need to win. He is almost 70 years old. He has won a Supercup and another small trophy and he is too old to change his mentality. He's old and he hasn't won anything."

3) Mourinho v Lo Monaco (September 2008)
Speaking at the post-match press conference follwoing his side's defeat of Catania, Mourinho incurred the wrath of Catania's sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco.

Mourinho: "We could have won that game 5-1 easily. In fact, I could have played in goal for Inter and we still would have won."

Lo Monaco: "Somebody who says such things has no respect for anyone, neither for his opponents nor for the country in which he is a guest. Mourinho is, plain and simple, the kind of guy who should get smashed in the teeth"

Mourinho: "Lo Monaco? I don’t know him. I know of Tibetan monks [Monaco means 'monk' in Italian], I know Bayern Munich [Bayern Monaco in Italian], I know the Monaco Grand Prix... I don’t know any others. If this guy wants to earn free publicity by talking about me, he'd better pay me. adidas feature me in their adverts, but they pay me a lot of money to do that. I don't get paid to help this Lo Monaco get in the papers."

2) Mourinho v Ranieri II and the Italian media (March 2009)
After Inter are awarded a dodgy penalty during a 3-3 draw with Roma, Juve manager Claudio Ranieri agreed with the general consensus it wasn't a penalty.

Mourinho: "I don't like intellectual prostitution, I like intellectual honesty. There has been great intellectual manipulation over the last few days to manipulate public opinion. We haven't talked about a Roma side with great players, lots of players I wanted to have with me, that will finish the season with zero titles. We haven't talked about Milan, who will finish the season with zero titles. We haven't talked about Juventus, who have won lots of points with refereeing mistakes.

1) Mourinho v Marcello Lippi (August 2009)
Mourinho was not best pleased after Italy's coach predicted Juve would win the Scudetto.

Mourinho: "It's normal that journalists give their opinion and say 'Juve will win the title'. It's normal that Juventus directors and the coach say it, but it's the first time I've read of a national coach saying these things. Even if he wants that, even if he thinks that, it's a lack of respect. I still want to think that it's not true. It's the first time that I've read of a national coach, a person with such a great responsibility, saying such things. I'm expecting a reaction from national football."

Lippi: "I'm sorry if Mourinho interpreted my comment in that way: it was simply a prediction, one of the many theories that are bandied about before the start of the championship. I give thousands of interviews. For three years I've been saying that Inter is the best team. Yesterday, in a interview that covered many things, I gave a quick reply to a question about the upcoming championship and I said that I thought Juventus would win. On many other occasions I've said good things about other teams, and I think things have been exaggerated in this case. Mourinho seemed to me to be an intelligent person, and I'm sorry that he interpreted my comment differently: but there is no problem. I said what I said..."

Mourinho: "It's of little relevance if in previous interviews, a year ago or a month ago, Lippi said good things about Inter or other clubs. Yesterday evening the top person in Italian football gave a precise indication about the outcome of a championship that has yet to start. This does not seem right to me, and I say this calmly as a club manager to the national coach. I still believe that Lippi, being the national team coach, should not make predictions on Serie A. I don't think that Fabio Capello or Vicente Del Bosque would make predictions on the Premier League or La Liga. They are smart..."

Mourinho's 10 most special spats with managers and other football figures

source: mirrorfootball.co.uk

10) Mourinho v Fergie I (February 2004)
There was many a sparring session between these two footballing titans during Mourinho's tenure at Chelsea but his best put-down of Ferguson came when he was still at Porto. After Mourinho's men had just knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League, Ferguson complained at Vitor Baia's over-reaction that got Roy Keane sent off...

Mourinho: "I understand why he is a bit emotional. He has some top players in the world and they should be doing a lot better than that. You would be sad if your team gets as clearly dominated by opponents who have been built on 10% of the budget."

9) Mourinho v Frank Rijkaard (February 2005)
After Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona, Mourinho accused the Barca coach of fraternising with the referee Anders Frisk during the interval.

Mourinho: "Rijkaard was in the referee's changing room with him for five minutes. I know because my assistants were at the door while the meeting was going on. Later I ran into the referee and I told him I was going to make a complaint about him to UEFA after what had happened in the changing room. Frisk told me to go ahead as it would be his word against mine. When I saw Rijkaard walk into the referee's changing room I just couldn't believe it and it was no surprise to me when Drogba was expelled."

Rijkaard: "There was a lot of talking before the game and now surprisingly there is a lot of talking after the game. It is not good behaviour after a match."

Mourinho: "My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard’s history. He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them."

8) Mourinho v Benitez I (March 2005)
Mourinho was apoplectic after Luis Garcia's controversial goal in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield cost his side a place in the final.

Mourinho: "It was a goal from the moon. The linesman scored the goal. No one knows if that shot went over the line and you must be 100 per cent. I felt the power of Anfield, it was magnificent. I felt it didn't interfere with my players but maybe it interfered with the other people and maybe it interfered with the result. But you should ask the linesman why he gave the goal. The best team lost. After they scored only one team played, the other one just defended for the whole game."

Benitez: "I don't know whether it was a goal or not. But if the goal isn't given it could well be a red card for Petr Cech for the foul on Milan Baros, and a penalty."

7) Mourinho v Arsene Wenger (October 2005)
After Wenger answered questions about Chelsea's draw with Everton and subsequent Carling Cup defeat to Charlton, Mourinho took aim at the Frenchman.

Mourinho: "I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea. They need to work and try to improve. I don't know if he wants my job, I don't know. He loves Chelsea."

Wenger (on whether he would sue): "Have you seen the price of lawyers in England? They say 'Hello' and it's £100,000 before they shake your hand. I just wanted to see how it was perceived. I had to choose between my holidays and the case. I find in England that the law is very expensive frankly. Compared to France it looks, to me, unbelievable. I cannot see that statement to be malicious or vicious enough. For me the intention behind the statement is important. I came to the conclusion that it was not - I hope I am right - anything planned or malicious

6) Mourinho v Benitez II (April 2006)
Mourinho bridled at his side's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool.

Mourinho: "Did the best team win? I don't think so. In the Premiership Liverpool have no chance. "In a one-off game maybe they will surprise me and they can do it. In the Premiership the distance between the teams is 45 points over two seasons."

Benitez: "I always say that Abramovich has done a really good job at Chelsea That is the key."

Mourinho: "Liverpool are not a big team. To have not won the league for almost 15 years is not good enough."

5) Mourinho v Cristiano Ronaldo and Fergie (April 2007)
Frustrated at a goalless with Newcastle that left them three points adrift of Manchester United, Mourinho complained that unlike United, his side never gets penalties - to trigger of a spat with CR7.

Mourinho: "It is not possible [for] penalties [to be awarded] against Manchester United, and it is not possible [to get] penalties in favour of Chelsea. If somebody punishes me because I tell the truth, it is the end of democracy, we go back to the old times.

Ronaldo: "He always has to say something because he can't admit his failures. The whole world knows how Mourinho is. He always has something to say to gain attention, especially when he's not happy with the work of his players. He never recognises he is wrong."

Mourinho: "A player who wants to be the best in the world needs to behave well, to keep quiet and have sufficient honesty and maturity to verify that, against the facts that I have shown, there is no argument on his part. If he says that it is false that Manchester United have conceded penalties that were not given, it's lies. And if he is a liar he will never reach the highest level that he desires in football. It's not even a game between me and him. It's a game where a kid made some statements not showing maturity and respect. Maybe [it's his] education, difficult childhood, no education, maybe [it is] the consequence of that."

Ferguson: "It is really below the belt to bring class into it. Just because you come from a poor, working-class background does not mean you are not educated."

to be continued...

Jose Mourinho is the highest paid star in Italian football, according to new research

source: the Sun
INTER MILAN manager Jose Mourinho is the highest paid star in Italian football, according to new research. The former Chelsea boss has become the first non-player to top the annual earnings chart, trumping the likes of AC Milan star Ronaldinho and Roma captain Francesco Totti. Figures published in the Italian press reveal The Special One earns a whopping £9.6million a season at the San Siro. In total, SIX of the highest paid footballers in Italy play for the Nerazzurri. You can view the eleven biggest earners in Serie A by clicking on the picture grid on the right.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mourinho happy

Mourinho Wants More Of The Same From Inter Against Barcelona

Inter coach Jose Mourinho commented on the 4-0 win against Milan in tonight's derby.Following the spectacular 4-0 victory against Milan in tonight's derby, Inter coach Jose Mourinho was obviously satisfied, but stressed that the team need to show what they're made of in the Champions League debut against Barcelona."Today both sides gave each the initiative, both teams are strong when given space," he said toTuttoMercatoWeb."Football is nice because when you win everything is well and when you lose everything is bad. If we'd lost they would have killed me for playing [Wesley] Sneijder, but I knew I would've let him play for the last 24 hours."Yesterday I said we have more potential than last year, we are more balanced, but we need to work hard because we are playing in a new way. Having four points is positive."This team needs to play the ball with its characteristics, the match against Barcelona will tell us who we are also in the Champions League. I tell [Milan coach] Leonardo to stay confident, life goes on."Source: Goal.com author: Danilo Pochini

Chelsea rile Mourinho over deals

Source: BBC.co.uk

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has accused former club Chelsea of making it difficult for him to sign Ricardo Carvalho and Deco.

Mourinho says the Blues have increased the price for the Portuguese duo after discovering his interest in them.

"It's very difficult for a Chelsea player to come to me," Mourinho told a news conference before Saturday's Italian Super Cup against Lazio.

"Every time I'm interested in one of their players, it looks different."

Midfielder Deco and defender Carvalho were part of the Porto team that Mourinho guided to Champions League victory in 2004.

Carvalho was one of Mourinho's first signings during his successful three-year reign at Stamford Bridge, which ended in September 2007 after an apparent breakdown in his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

When they know Inter are interested, the price for Deco goes from zero to five (million) and for Carvalho from five to
15 (million).

Jose Mourinho

Inter president Massimo Moratti told La Gazzetta dello Sport in June that talks had begun between the clubs over Carvalho and Deco but these now appear to be stalling, much to Mourinho's frustration.

"In the summer we were told he (Deco) was almost free to come," said Mourinho. "Two weeks later, when they know Inter are interested, it goes zero to five (million) and for Carvalho from five to 15 (million). Something like that."

Deco fell from favour after arriving at Chelsea in an £8m move from Barcelona in the summer of 2008 - and recently admitted he hoped to be reunited with Mourinho in Italy.

And Carvalho, a success at Stamford Bridge but restricted by injury to only 18 appearances last season, has revealed he wants to leave Chelsea after five years.


Mourinho also said Serie A champions Inter had heard nothing from Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur about midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has been linked with a move to the Gunners - his former club - or their North London rivals.

"If they want him, they have to let us know," he said. "I have to say until this moment, no Tottenham, no Arsenal. They have not contacted us."

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Inter - Milan 4:0

Tekst: Totalsport
Foto: AFP

NAKON spektakularne 4:0 pobjede nad gradskim rivalom Milanom u utakmici 2. kola talijanske Serije A, trener Intera Jose Mourinho imao je razloga trljati ruke od zadovoljstva.

Nakon uvodnog remija s Barijem (1:1) mnogi su bili spremni ulogu favorita na San Siru prepustiti Milanu koji je u sezonu startao pobjedom 2:1 kod Siene.

"Vidjelo se da su obje momčadi jake kada im se da prostor za igru, inicijativu na terenu preuzimali su i jedni i drugi", kazao je Mourinho.

"Nogomet je lijep, sve je u najboljem redu kada se pobjeđuje, a ništa ne valja kada se utakmice gube. Da smo kojim slučajem mi izgubili znam da bi me ubili što sam stavio Wesleyja Sneijdera u igru, a ja sam znao da ću to napraviti još jučer", dodao je Portugalac u svom stilu, a potom zaključio:

"U petak sam rekao kako ova momčad ima više potencijala od one lanjske, bolje smo balansirani, a sada samo tako moramo nastaviti. Rekao sam i Milanovom treneru Leonardu da ostane samouvjeren, jer unatoč porazu, život teče dalje".

Nikad jači Inter!

Odjeci milanskog derbija vjerojatno će odzvanjati još neko vrijeme. Razlog tome je zaista odlična igra Intera. Događaje s utakmice, ali i općeniti izgled ekipe komentirao je starosjedioc u momčadi Intera, Argentinac Javier Zanetti. "Vječni mladić" sa 36 godina u Interovom dresu igra od daleke 1994. godine, pa je sljedeća izjava prilično jaka:

"Inter nikada nije bio jak kao ove sezone. Tu sam odavno i mogu usporediti sve generacije. Stvarno mislim da nikada nismo bili bolje posloženi. Nisam to shvatio na temelju jedne utakmice, ove pobjede 4:0 protiv Milana. To mislim od trenutka kada smo se skupili, a naknadno smo još dobili sjajnog Sneijdera", rekao je Zanetti i dodao:

"Učinili smo veliku stvar na ovom derbiju, samo moramo nastaviti dalje tretirati svakog suparnika jednako ozbiljno i uvijek davati sve od sebe."