Cordoba: "What Facchetti taught us..."


"We all had great respect for him as a man. He left a gap that is hard to fill"

APPIANO GENTILE - Ivan Ramiro Cordoba gave a brief interview to RAI after Thursday morning's training session at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti. The Colombian defender spoke about his state of fitness and Inter's start to the season, and remembered late Inter great Giacinto Facchetti, who died two years ago today.

Cordoba, how's your fitness. When do you think you will be ready for the coach?
"I was already available against Sampdoria because I'm at the end of this injury and there was the possibility of me being used in an emergency situation. And now we have this friendly against Locarno, which is mostly for those who are back from injury. I think I will be ready for the next league match."

Besides Inter's draw, were you expecting the other big teams to have such a hard start?
"No, but this is confirmation that Italian football is always hard. There's never an easy match. This makes the Italian championship even more spectacular and it's much better for the fans. Starting from the next match we must try and get as many points as we can."

You are one of Inter's longest serving players. What are your memories of Giacinto Facchetti two years after his death?
"His presence before games and what he transmitted to us is always missed. Every match was important for him, it was always Giacinto who encouraged you to encourage everybody else. He was a man of great experience who gave us lots of confidence and we miss this. I especially miss him loads. It's no cliché when I say that we all esteemed Facchetti as a person and as a man. We all know he left a big gap which is difficult to fill, but he taught us so much about character and honesty, because transparency and honesty were his priorities. And this gave us lots of confidence."

What did he teach you in particular?
"To live without fear because you should never hide anything to anyone and you should always be transparent. This is the nicest thing because you can say what you want and because people understand what you say with your heart and with honesty."

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