Antonio Candreva spoke from the press room at Appiano Gentile on the derby on Sunday, “I’m happy to have done well for my country and I’ve returned with great enthusiasm, motivated for the match with Milan. We want to have an important season and winning this derby would help keep a direct rival away from us. They’re coming in to the match after some negative results so they will be determined but we won’t be any less determined.”
“The week ahead of the derby has a very special atmosphere. Last year, I scored twice in my first two derbies here in Milan but we drew both, I want to win this time, it doesn’t matter who scores.”
Speaking on Inter’s good start to the season, Candreva continued, “We’re looking good in the standings but we know that we can always improve and that’s what we intend to do, putting good play and victories together. The important thing is to always give your best and leave the pitch with a shirt covered in sweat. My role on the pitch counts until a certain point. Spalletti asks for a lot of different things from us on a tactical level but the most important thing is the mental approach and your willingness to make sacrifices. I think that we’ve improved compared to last year, we want to stay as high up as possible.
“We’re approaching a run of difficult matches but this is normal. We’re focusing now on the Milan match which is important for us and our fans, then we’ll think about the trip to Napoli. We are Inter and we need to try to win every match, in any case it’s certainly too early now to make assessments,” he concluded.