Zanetti backs Jose's Euro plan
Captain Javier Zanetti has backed Jose Mourinho to bring European glory back to Internazionale.
Last Updated: 13/07/08 11:07pm
Internazionale captain Javier Zanetti has backed Jose Mourinho to bring European glory back to the Italian giants.
While his side are all conquering in Italy, winning three titles on the trot, they have not had similar success in Europe.
The club have not lifted the UEFA Champions League for more than 40 years since winning the old European Cup twice in succession in 1964-5.
But Zanetti believes the Portuguese coach - who has lifted the trophy with Porto - is the right man to bring European glory back to the side.
The 34-year-old Argentine said: "As soon as he put pen to paper on the contract, he called me, and that gave me great pleasure.
"We are getting a coach of great experience and Mourinho's results speak for him. He is the right man so that Inter can continue their winning streak."
He added: "We hope to achieve success in the Champions League too. I think we have the strength and the right squad to do very well in that tournament, without forgetting Serie A, where we can also continue our run."
After streaking ahead at one stage last term, Internazionale were then taken to the wire in Serie A, only securing the title on the last day of the season.
Zanetti believes it will again be tough for his team and thinks Roma, Juventus and Fiorentina will be their closest rivals.
He said: "I think Serie A will be even more balanced than last year. It certainly won't be easy, but we will fight to the end.
"I expect Roma, Juventus and Fiorentina to cause us problems. Roma are a side who are gaining real consistency, Juventus are building a solid squad and Fiorentina are led by a very intelligent tactician."
The Argentine does not rate Milan as potential challengers at present, which is sure to fire up both players and supporters of the rival club.
He said: "It all depends on how much they manage to reinforce their side. If important players arrive, then I think they too can compete with us."