APPIANO GENTILE - Rafa Benitez is ready for his Serie A debut at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Monday evening. The Spanish coach will take twenty players to Bologna, including Davide Santon who comes in for the injured Maicon.
"Maicon has a knee problem and won't be available," explained Benitez in his pre-match press conference. "Santon has done two or three very good training sessions and I will have to talk to him and see if he feels ready."
Benitez is not expecting an easy start to his first campaign in Italy. "The first match of the season is always difficult," he said. "Bologna are at home, so our mentality will be important. I am very pleased with this morning's training session. I saw a prepared squad and I'm expecting our players to show all their qualities tomorrow.
"We didn't win the European Super Cup and it's not nice to lose, but I'm certain that my players will react. If we look at Inter's starts to the championship in the last three years you can see that the team has never started very well. Losing last Friday could turn out to be an stimulus for everybody: to do well and get back to winning. To do this, though, it's not the tactical formation that will make a difference. To win, our mentality and quality are indispensable.
"I have always said that we want to do things well, but we are only at the start of our work and if we all analyse the situation calmly we can see how the defeat in Monte Carlo is the sum of several factors: players back from the World Cup, new coach leading the team, international friendlies, Italian Super Cup, and awards ceremonies. All put together, these situations stopped us from training calmly, but now we are ready to improve. Milito? He will improve too. He's an intelligent player who knows when he plays well and when he doesn't, and he also knows why he didn't play well the other day."
Turning to transfer market questions, Benitez responded: "Ours is a good team, but president Moratti and Marco Branca know which players I like so we will see what can be done. What I have to do is make the best preparations, because we have to win this match. Ibrahimovic to the Rossoneri? We already knew before his arrival that Milan were a strong team."