APPIANO GENTILE - "Tomorrow's will be a special game for all, because if we win we will be qualified. And we want this to happen: it's down to us. As always, every game depends on us," opened Rafael Benitez, in the press conference on the eve of Inter-Twente, match day 5 of Group A in the UEFA Champions League, scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Stadio Meazza in San Siro, Milan (Kick-off 8:45pm).
"This can be the first of many winning games for us, that is how I see tomorrow. I am positive. Tomorrow's game is important for the club and for all of us: the team is united and the players are working so that we can win. We are all waiting for the injured players to return, and we have faith: we can still win a lot, our objectives have not disappeared," continues Benitez, distancing any suggestion of a disjointed group. "It's 25 years that I have been working in football, I have had winning teams like Valencia, then Liverpool, and now Inter, and I understand how things are: for me this is a united team. It is giving one hundred percent and I know the fans know this, who tomorrow will support us for sure," added Benitez.
When the Dutch press then asked Benitez about a loss in form of Wesley Sneijder, he replied that "Wesley has played a lot, 64 games in a year, it is not easy, but I am expecting a great performance from him." The matter then turns to a call-up for Thiago Motta: "It's possible, if he is on the bench it will be possible, but of course he could not play 90 minutes."
"I can't think we would lose tomorrow, we have prepared ourselves to win," Benitez categorically replies when asked what could happen in case of a defeat tomorrow.
Inevitably there is then the request to comment on the 3 match ban for Eto'o: "I am not talking about Eto'o or the ban, because tomorrow we play in the Champions League and he will be able to play," cuts short the Nerazzurri coach.
As for tomorrow's opponents, Benitez finally explains that "Twente are a strong team, even on dead balls. They are dangerous, I repeat, it depends on us: if we do what we need to do we can beat any team. And tomorrow's could be the first of many important wins for this team."