Thursday 22 March 2018

Zanetti sounds Inter rallying cry

Captain Javier Zanetti recognised the importance of Inter Milan's 2-0 victory over 10-man Juventus which saw them return to the top of Serie A -- until this evening at least.

Juve were left with an uphill struggle after 37 minutes when Mohamed Sissoko was sent off for two bookings, but they kept the defending champions at bay until a moment of magic from Maicon in the 75th minute. Samuel Eto'o sealed the win in stoppage-time to take Inter back above Roma ahead of today's Rome derby.

"It was a tough game but we have brought home the three points that allow us to be ahead," said Zanetti, who played his 500th Serie A game for Inter.

He insists the team must give their all in their remaining four fixtures if they are to retain the title, with the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona also looming. "We play many matches in a row. Each of these requires a lot of effort, effort that we must know we cannot give up on any front."

Of Tuesday's first leg against the Spanish champions, Zanetti has no illusions. "We will face the best team in the world," he said.

Sunday Independent

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