Benitez: “Inter want to finish top of the group”

Inter Coach Rafa Benitez has stated that his team will take nothing for granted in their tie against Werder Bremen with top spot still up for grabs in Group A. Inter secured qualification with victory over Twente but they are deadlocked with Tottenham in first place with 10 points apiece from their five games.
“It is important for us to win tomorrow so that we can qualify as group winners”, started the Spaniard. “Tomorrow’s game is 10/10 in terms of importance for us and all the players who go out should be prepared to win”, he continued discarding theories that Inter are focussing solely on the Club World Cup.
“We also realise that us winning can affect Italian football as a whole, because it can improve the UEFA coefficient”, said Benitez conscious of the close run-in between Germany and Italy for the fourth Champions League spot.
Rafa then confirmed that his Inter side will be missing several key players for the clash with Bremen: “Milito is still unavailable. He’ll be alright for the Club World Cup but he’s not at his best yet so we didn’t want to force him.”
“As for Sneijder, he’s a bit tired and we decided to rest him so that he can recover properly for Abu Dhabi. Lucio has the flu. We expect Julio Cesar and Maicon to be available for the Club World Cup; they’re working really hard to make it but we’ll have to see how they cope in training.”

The topic of Wesley Sneijder obviously brought about questions about the Dutchman’s exclusion from the Ballon d’Or finalists and Benitez expressed his surprise at the outcome.
“I can’t understand what voting criteria have been used. I’m sorry for Wesley as I was sorry for Milito, but I really don’t understand whether the World Cup counts for more than what was achieved over the whole year.”
Following Inter’s loss against Lazio, the Nerazzurri find themselves 10 points behind leaders Milan prompting fresh speculation about the Coach’s future. President Massimo Moratti has also been vocal about his disappointment with the team.
“Myself, president Moratti and Marco Branca spoke before the transfer window opened and after it closed, and we will speak again about it in January. We know what needs to be done. Do Moratti’s comments hurt? He wants to see the team winning and so do I.”
With the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi representing Inter’s final chance to bag silverware this season, many see the competition as a make or break for the Inter Coach.

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