The day before the match against Lazio, defender Rolando was interviewed by Il Messaggero. Here are his words about the match at Olimpico and the victory in the derby against AC Milan:

Rolando, we start off with victory against AC Milan.

“It was a success that gave us enthusiasm. It was crucial for us to get three points in the race for third place. We must continue this way against Lazio as well.”

It won’t be easy: they have just changed coach.

“It will be a difficult game because we are playing against a well organized team, who may appear to be in difficulty, but they have many good players. Moreover, when there is a new coach teams often play with more aggression and greater concentration. It will be difficult to deal with them now.”

Could the game be a turning point for Lazio?

“We shouldn’t think along those lines. We have the quality to take the three points. Focusing on ourselves is the best recipe.”

Is there any player in Lazio you fear a little more?

“Inter shouldn’t fear anyone. Personally, I have always played against great players in my career and I learned that you should never be afraid of anything.”

But in front of you will have a champion like Klose.

“He will be difficult to stop, he is one of the key players in Lazio. But in football, you can’t think about just stopping one player because then there are ten others who may do harm.”

Inter-Lazio is also Klose against Palacio?

“They’re two champions who will be important because they always score. But limiting this great match to this duel is a bit unfair because all players with talent depend on the collective and so even these two.”

Among the players who are emblematic of Lazio there’s also Hernanes.

“He is a player who always scores and puts in great performances. He plays in the Brazilian national team. Thus he is a player who knows what to do with the ball, he’s very good.”

Can Marchetti and Handanovic also play crucial roles?

“Definitely, they will be crucial. They play in a particular position where you get to make very few or no mistakes. They are two good goalies that give confidence to their respective defenses. Both can win the match.”

But to reach the third place, what is still missing in Inter?

“When it comes to the transfer market it is better that the club and the coach is doing the talking. I can only say that if important players arrive they will be well received. We have already shown that we can do well, and so we must continue. Starting with the game against Lazio.”