FLORENCE - His third goal for the Nerazzurri wasn’t enough to seal the three points for Inter. Borja Valero scored for the first time in 588 days after last hitting the net in May 2018 against Udinese. He did so at the ground that was his home for five years, the Franchi. Out of respect for his old supporters, he didn’t celebrate the goal and the Spaniard spoke to Sky Sport and Inter TV after an impressive performance on his part. “You always look to be ready. I’m happy with the goal, obviously I didn’t celebrate because I had five wonderful seasons here in Florence and I have a great relationship with the Viola fans. It’s disappointing and it was a real shame not to get the three points. It was very emotional for me to come back to the Franchi, it’s always special and in not knowing what the future holds, it could have been my last game at this stadium.
“I’m stubborn but I felt that staying at Inter could be a big personal opportunity for me. I trained very well, Conte realised this and said in advance that I’d get playing time. I’m calm and ready both physically and mentally. When I’m called upon, I’ll be there.
“Genoa are up next and they need to win, we have injuries and suspensions so it won’t be easy, but we want to finish the year on a high.”