MILAN - Ibrahim Maaroufi spoke on Inter Channel after his appearance for the Nerazzurri in the 4-0 Coppa Italia victory over Messina. "I was very excited at playing a competitive match in this stadium in front of the Inter fans," the Belgian midfielder said. "I will never stop thanking Mancini who gave me this chance. He believes in me, he's a great coach and this is fundamental for me.

"The bad foul on me in the second half? It was a hard knock but I don't think my opponent did it on purpose. I'm feeling a bit better now, but these things happen when you play."

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