k1rups: Agreed, he's been playing brilliantly! Hope this carries over into the proper season
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA POLI
Playmaker Andrea Poli is ready for the new season.
Andrea Poli has, over the last five years, matured into one of the very best central midfielders in the world. After enjoying a loan spell at Inter in 2011-2012, the then youthful Italian made an expensive €16,000,000 move to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza from Sampdoria.
From there Poli has gone on to become one of Inter's most consistent players, often one of the first teams on Bergomi's team sheet. He's compiled a total of 225 appearances for the Nerazzurri and has earned 30 caps for the Italian side.
We had a chance to sit down with Inter's deep lying playmaker yesterday and ask him a few questions in an exclusive interview, check out the pick of the questions below!
You’ve been at Inter Milan for a five seasons now, and a lot of people think that you are of the mainstay Italian players of the Nerazzurri squad. How do you like it here?
I love things here. The city is wonderful, the fans are passionate, and the club is amazing. Every player, every staff member, and every director here is one hundred percent behind the team and really inspires us to play better. I have a really good bond with Beppe [Giuseppe Bergomi], he’s really taught me a lot and helped me take my game to a new level.
Speaking of Giuseppe Bergomi, how is he as a manager? What is it like to have him as your coach at both the club level and the international level?
Giuseppe is a truly spectacular manager. He’s really helped me progress my game, in a playmaking role but also in a defensive role. Obviously he played for twenty years at the highest level here at Inter and he really knows the tradition, the culture, and the football. He also had eighty some caps for Italy, he’s got massive experience which really shines through when he is working with us on technical things or introducing new tactical ideas.
What’s the biggest secret to the team’s success since you’ve joined? Over these last two seasons, you’ve won two back to back UEFA Champion League trophies. How do you guys do it?
Well a lot of people will say it’s the individual talent we have at our disposal, and others will say it’s the tactics and the way we set up on the pitch, but I don’t really agree. Sure, we are very well filled with ability in both of those areas, but I think it’s the collective team spirit and the desire to win that we all have that drives us to victory. Each and every one of us fights every day to make sure we keep winning.
Your Internazionale side has reigned supreme over Italy and Europe over the last few years. Do you think that you can continue that success this year? What are your expectations for the season?
As I said, I think it’s the collective desire for victory that really drives us forward as a team, and as long as we have that we can accomplish anything. We’ve shattered records every season, and at times we play downright unbeatable football. This isn’t purely out of talent or even just hard work; it’s because we want it more than anyone else, and if we show our desire again this season, I don’t see why we can’t repeat our success from last campaign.
Inter has a strong Italian core with no less than 7 full Italy international players. Do you think it’s important to keep a local group of players at a club?
Obviously it’s big for the fans to see home grown talent playing out on the pitch. Players like Lorenzo Crisetig especially get the fans excited because he came up through the system, a lot like Bergomi, but they also really get behind players like Andrea Ranocchia and me because we are Italian. Sure, the fans will always support every player on the team, but there is a certain joy to watch your home country succeed.
The World Cup is coming up this summer, as I’m sure you are aware. How vital is it to get a strong season to prepare, and what do you think Italy’s chances are going to be?
I can’t wait for the World Cup next summer! This is definitely a big year for all international players to get a lot of games to impress the manager, who, for me, is also my club manager. Everybody wants to make the squad, and I certainly hope I can make it. As for Italy’s chances, I think we have to be considered a major contender. We are ranked 2nd in the world now, and I think 1st is in our sights.
So, there you have it folks, Andrea Poli’s thoughts on a number of footballing matters and his expectations for the coming season. Inter Milan kicks off their campaign in a weeks’ time when they take on AC Milan in a huge derby style Supercoppa Italiana.