Juan Jesus: “A present for Mancini”

MILAN – Juan Jesus had words of praise for Mancini and Handanovic as he went about his post-match media duties following Inter v Dnipro.

The first question for the Brazilian was about Mancini’s 50th birthday. He said: “We celebrated because the gaffer deserves the best present possible. Fortunately we managed to get the win for him today.

“A poor start? We need to help each other and play as a team because if you don’t do that you’re always going to struggle.”

So what has Mancini brought in? The defender explained: “His experience. He’s won so much in his career and he’s had a calming effect on the squad.”

The 23-year-old also hailed Handanovic after the Nerazzurri No.1 produced the goods once again tonight. “We have to thank Samir because he’s always ready to stand up and make a difference when we’re stuck in a tight spot.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s visit to Roma, Juan Jesus ended: “They’re having a great season and we must channel all our energy into preparing as best we can for that match now.”