Sneijder: “This victory is the first step”

Wesley Sneijder claims the confidence has returned to Inter following yesterday’s victory over Twente. The past few weeks have been torrid for the Nerazzurri as they went without a victory in five games and slipped nine points behind city-rivals and leaders AC Milan in Serie A.
But after beating Twente to secure qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League, there is positivity around the club and Sneijder believes that the team has arrived at the ‘turning point’. “This victory was only the first step. It is now our duty to defend the Champions League title”.
There had been reports that the team was suffering from the effects of a long season and there was disharmony in the dressing room, but the Ballon d’Or favourite has brushed asides such theories: “The morale of the team is good and we look forward to playing the next game”.
Inter created numerous chances but failed to convert most of them and Sneijder himself was culpable for two misses and the Dutch star felt his team deserved more. “We were a bit unlucky. We created many chances and it is unfortunate that we didn’t score more, but the victory is important as now we have qualified”.
Following Inter’s lacklustre start to the campaign many skeptics have already brushed aside chances of Inter mounting a sustainable defence of its European title. However, Sneijder is convinced that he and his team-mates have what it takes to be crowned champions once more.
“It doesn’t matter who we face in the knock-out stages, we know we can do well. Last year, we beat Chelsea and Barcelona and faced many other strong teams before reaching the finals. The victory over Twente gives us real confidence, and I think we can go on from here”.
The Dutch playmaker will now focus his attention on the league and with Samuel Eto’o ruled out of Inter’s next three games through suspension, Sneijder will look to grab the reins of the team and lead them forward.

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