Inter president Massimo Moratti admits that, in some ways, he is more worried about facing Lazio then he was about the derby against AC Milan.
The Nerazzuri emerged with the spoils from the Derby della Madonnina a week previous, vanquishing their local rivals 1-0, beating Genoa in the interim before Sunday’s Serie A face off with the Roman side one point above them in fourth.
“The derby is a special game, so you feel it more, but traditionally we have always struggled against Lazio,” Moratti was quoted as saying by Il Corriere dello Sport. “They need points to prove they belong in the top three and have some very talented players.
“It’s certainly not an easy match and we must try to maintain the necessary humility.”
The Inter supremo was asked about transfer rumors surrounding arrivals and departures at the club, with Thiago Motta one man of whom Moratti is keen to keep hold.
“He is a unique player and recognizable as one of our most important figures,” the president said of the midfielder, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain. “This suggests he is not for sale, but then the market has its own rules and we hope he won’t leave.”
The rumor mill has also connected the Nerazzuri with a move for Sao Paulo’s young starlet Lucas Moura, with defender Lucio eager for his side to snap the 19-year-old up, and Moratti confirmed his interest in the player but denied that a transfer was close.
“Have we made steps forward for Lucas? I don’t know, because I haven’t spoken to [sporting director Marco] Branca yet,” the club chief claimed. “There was a journey to get an idea of the situation, but not for an immediate move. Lucas is a good player with notable talent.”
The 66-year-old was also quizzed on the subject of Carlos Tevez, whose protracted transfer saga has seen him frequently linked with a move to Inter as well as rivals Milan.
Asked what would happen to the Argentine, Moratti simply said: “This is a difficult question!”
Kickoff at San Siro is at 2:45 p.m. ET for the visit of Lazio.
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