“We managed to win and break this hoodoo,” Inter Coach Walter Mazzarri

By Anna Italia
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Here are the declarations of Inter coach Walter Mazzarri after winning the Serie A Week 23 game, Inter 1 – 0 Sassuolo on Sunday 9 February 2014 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. This is the first victory in 2014.

Serie A ticketsSerie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Inter, 6th position with 33 points and a positive goal difference of +12
Sassuolo, 19th position with 17 points and a negative goal difference of -25

Pos Team P W D L Goals Diff. Points
5 Inter 22 9 9 5 40:27 13 36
19 Sassuolo 23 4 5 14 23:49 -26 17

Mazzarri saying, “Samuel? We’ve got world-class players up top and at the back, he’s
one of them, he’s won everything. We needed a leader like him back

“I’d keep almost
everything from tonight’s performance. We played well and it was tough
tonight. Opponents in Italy prepare for matches very well and Sassuolo
are an excellent side. We managed to win and break this hoodoo. Hernanes
and Guarin played well. Hernanes performed well, he’s an important
player, you could see he was up for the game.

“Icardi? He would
have come on had we not taken the lead, but then we scored. Botta has
done well, so that’s why he came on. I was told not to bring him on for a
whole half, because otherwise he might have faded quickly, it’s
important that he trains. He definitely has a part to play.

needs to regain some elasticity in his leg following the injury, but
you can’t fault his professionalism, he’s world-class. If you watch our
best chance back on video, you’ll see that his shot was blocked, it was
goal-bound. He’s a natural-born goalscorer, and can only get better.
Samuel? We’ve got world-class players up top and at the back, he’s one
of them, he’s won everything. Lots of players in our squad should follow
his example, show his desire to come out on top and that meanness. He
did well at Udinese in the Coppa Italia too and has looked good in
training. He might have just been lacking a bit of sharpness on account
of his injury but we needed a leader like him back there. Berardi was
playing on the left and the choice was between Juan and Campagnaro,
given that Rolando hasn’t put a foot wrong since he’s been playing

“Botta? He’s a striker, a nippy attacker, not a
powerful centre forward. I was unsure as to whether or not to start him,
because he’s coming on a lot. He’s also coming back from a serious
injury. He’s backing up what we initially saw in him, now the squad is
competitive and the transfer window is shut, I have no limits in my team

“Nothing much has happened between me and Alessandro
Melli, he’s argued a bit with Frustalupi in the past, perhaps something
went on there. But nothing much springs to mind between me and him.”

Serie A ticketsItalian Serie A Week 23

Inter 1 – 0 Sassuolo
Sunday 9 February 2014
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Milan,  Italy


Referee: PERUZZO
Fourth Official: SCHENONE

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