APPIANO GENTILE – In view of his debut in Nerazzurro this weekend, new signing Francesco Coco commented on his physical fitness and Inter’s performance at the TIM Trophy in Trieste.
In Trieste, Di Biagio and Materazzi seemed to be behind in terms of physical fitness. Does the same go for you?
I expect to be ready to play a match and not to have any problems after. It’s my first match. I haven’t trained with the squad for five days due to a slight problem. So I could be behind. I want to be in good condition the day after the match. Fitness comes day by day.
There are twelve days until the Champions League preliminary first leg. Is that enough time for you?
Yes. I started on the fifteenth [July], together with the other national team players. I did the first four days, the most important, during which you work a lot. Then I stopped for five days, but in reality I’ve never stopped because I was following a different kind of programme. Now I’ve been training to a high level for three days. Of course, I’m not in top form, that’s unthinkable. But I think I will be in acceptable form for the fourteenth [August].
What do you think of Inter’s performance in Trieste?
Inter did very well against Juventus and looked to be a sure side, played good football and showed good passing. We had two important opportunities. Then against AC Milan… The second forty-five minutes are also the most difficult in the championship. I think the test against Juventus was more important. I believe that Inter was the most convincing of the three sides.