I want to bring Inter back to the top: Zanetti

ABU DHABI - Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti said that the FIFA Club World Cup was the perfect opportunity for him to bring his club back to the top.

By James Jose

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Published: Sun 19 Dec 2010, 12:20 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:58 AM

Italian giants Inter Milan take on surprise finalists TP Mazembe from Democratic Republic of Congo in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup at the Zayed Sports City on Saturday night.

Argentine Zanetti said that he had been waiting for it 16 years, and at 37 years of age, he might not get another shot at it. “I’ve been waiting for this for 16 years. I might not get another chance. I want to take my chance and lead Inter to the title. We are very motivated. It is a very important game. I want to bring Inter back to the top. We will come up with our best effort to win the Cup on Saturday,” Zanetti said on the eve of the game on Friday. “I hope we win on Saturday. Inter are a big family and I hope we can dedicate this Cup to the Inter supporters,” said Zanetti.

“It is a great opportunity for us. It will be a great final. It is a chance to bring Inter back to the top. It will be a difficult final but it will be a great opportunity to win,” said Zanetti who is the most capped player for Argentina with 138 appearances. He played in the 1996 Olympics and also featured in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Zanetti said that it would be a mistake to consider themselves as favourites against TP Mazembe. “There are no favourites. In football, everything is balanced nowadays. It would be a mistake for us to think that we are the favourites,” said Zanetti, who has won five Serie A titles with Inter.

Meanwhile, another Argentine Esteban Cambiasso said it was special to be in the final of the Club World Cup.

“Everybody wants to win it. It is a different competition. But it is a chance for me to go step by step with this team. They have already won so many trophies before and it is special to be in the final of the Club World Cup,” said Cambiasso.

Cambiasso also echoed his captain’s comments by saying they needed to approach this game seriously. “It would be dangerous if we don’t approach this game seriously. This can take us to the top of the world,” he said.

james@khaleejtimes.com


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