APPIANO GENTILE – The assembled press got two for the price of one this afternoon as Erick Thohir slipped into Roberto Mancini’s press conference to greet the coach. Once Mancini had finished, Thohir took the microphone himself: "It’s the start of the new season, an exciting moment. The temperature is high here in Milan, and we have high expectations for the coming season. There’s a real buzz for this new start.
"As I’ve said, we can’t hide the fact that our expectations are high and that we have big objectives we’ll need to work hard for, together with the management team and Roberto Mancini. Now it’s important that the players produce the results and show they are capable of giving 100% both mentally and tactically for Inter. We’re sure they can do it and that’s why we’re starting to train early.
"In mid-July we head to China, where we’ll play some important matches in terms of preparation and prestige. I’d like to wish everyone a good start to the season," declared Thohir.