Milito: “Stramaccioni showed courage at Juventus Stadium, a great memory”

Milito: “Stramaccioni showed courage at Juventus Stadium, a great memory”
January 4, 2015 11:35
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A few days before the match between Juventus and Inter at Juventus Stadium, Tuttosport interviewed one of the players who contributed to the historic victory of Inter two years ago thanks to two goals during a memorable evening: Diego Milito. The recent winner of the Argentine championship with Racing returns to the memory of that evening: “For me it is a great memory because we won in a stadium where no one had managed to collect three points. Juventus was already a very strong team, it was a nice success and important because at that time it allowed us to get closer to them in the standings. Unfortunately, an endless series of injuries did not allow us to compete for the rest of the season. That season bad luck was one of our travel companions.”

Was that the last Inter to give joy to its fans?
“It’s not for me to say. Surely it was a special match in which we showed that we had great mental strength, reacting to unfortunate incidents. Juve took the lead in the first minute of the game with an offside goal, that might have killed us, but instead… We played a great first half and a made an extraordinary turnaround.”

One of the winning moves was the decision by Stramaccioni let you, Palacio and Cassano play at the same time.
“It was a brave decision by the coach and he should be given credit for having made it. Rather than defend and wait for Juventus, we attacked and the result proved us right.”

So to beat Juventus at home you have to attack?
“Every game is different, that night it was right to have that attitude, we surprised Juventus. On the bench Inter has an experienced coach like Mancini who certainly knows how to best interpret the match. The coach is a guarantee, with him the Nerazzurri have already won in Turin against Juventus.”

Can Inter aspire to third place?
“I hope so, they have what it takes to get there. When you wear the Nerazzurri shirt you have to try to achieve all the objectives, also try to win the Europa League.”

In this league, Juve has lost only one game. Do you know against who?
“With my Genoa. I am very happy for the season of the team, I will forever remain bound to these colors. Now I hope the second team to beat Juventus is Inter, it would be a beautiful double…”

The third goal in Juventus-Inter 1-3 was scored by your friend Palacio.
“When I think of Palacio, I think of a key player. I’m happy for the goal he scored against Lazio, but beyond that he does a great job without the ball that not all attackers are able to do.”

To strengthen the attack Podolski has arrived.
“He’s a good player and I hope he can do well for Inter.”

A month ago former president Massimo Moratti said some nice words about you. Do you still talk to him?
“I have a great relationship with the president, he allowed me to play in a great team and for that I will always be grateful.”

Zanetti became vice-president. What do you see in your future?
“Today I still see myself as a player, I’m 35, but I’m fine. A future at Inter? In football you never know.”


By Olof Svensson