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Internazionale take on Genoa tomorrow evening looking to gain a crucial win in their quest for European qualification.

The match has been rescheduled, after original tie was cancelled due to severe flooding in the region and the tragic loss of several lives. Ranieri wanted to pay his respects to those who lost their lives; he said: “I think a very important thing, more so than the game, is that people don’t forget. It is necessary that those in charge do something to ensure certain things do not happen again.”

Claudio Ranieri has dismissed the notion that Internazionale have turned a corner. He said: “Winning tomorrow would not mean anything in particular except to add three points to the League standings. There is no turning point, you know what I think, we are continuing to work as we have always done and tomorrow night we need to do well against a team that knows how to play football, that has many new players, they know how to organise themselves and after seeing them against Siena I can only speak positively of Genoa.”

He continued: “We must think only of ourselves, of our road, which is not free from incidents. We need to shut up and keep going.”

Ranieri has been boosted by the return of Diego Forlan and Diego Milito. Milito suffered a knock to his ankle last weekend and it’s been suggested this is hastening Forlan’s return.

The manager is looking forward to having the Uruguayan back: “I will take Milito to Genoa and only tomorrow will decide whether or not to field him. Forlan will be on the bench - he is an immense player, beautiful, classy, good temperament and is surely good for Inter.”

Ranieri spoke of Forlan’s urge to return, he said: ““He is eager, you must hold him in chains because he always wants to play, he is like Sneijder - always says he is ok. It is up to us to know how to manage him. Forlan is a modern player, he knows more than one role to play and thinks about teamwork and this is very important.”

The Nerazzurri will be without right-back Douglas Maicon, as he continues his recovery from injury.

President, Massimo Moratti, has expressed concern over the continued injury problems plaguing Wesley Sneijder. He said: ““He’s getting injured regularly and his situation needs to be kept under control. It’s a real shame because we could have used him during these times.”

When quizzed about the Dutchman’s problems, Ranieri said: ““He is a big player, this time I want him to come back slowly, I do not want to risk anything. I think the best Sneijder would be wanted by any Coach in the world.”

Match Facts
Inter are unbeaten against Genoa since the 1994/95 campaign with a current record of six wins and three draws against the Grifoni.

Probable Starting XI

Inter: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo, R. Alvarez, Motta, Cambiasso, Faraoni, Milito, Pazzini

Genoa: Frey, Mesto, Dainelli, Kaladze, Moretti; Rossi, Veloso, Constant, Merkel, Zè Eduardo, Pratto

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Ryan Ross

I became enthralled with Calcio back in the 90’s, when James Richardson presented Football Italia. My early mornings were spent following the trials and tribulations of Internazionale, during a period where they always flattered to deceive. It took a Frenchman to get me hooked though; Youri Djorkaeff, my favourite player of all time. This guy was key to Inter’s midfield, never mind his role in France’s World Cup win in 1998! I have a keen interest in Calcio’s rich history.

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