Inter Coach Rafael Benitez: Let's Just Play Football & Forget The Dramas

Inter coach Rafael Benitez plays down Roma dramas as he keeps focus on football.
Rafael Benitez is trying to engender a fundamental shift away from the dramas that have engulfed Serie A this week to focus on Inter's game with Roma.

Referees have come under the microscope again this week following Carmine Russo's performance as Roma lost to Brescia midweek.

Roma are fired up as a result, and Benitez expects a backlash, though he wants to keep attention rounded firmly on the football.

"I think this game can be the right one to show the level of referees," he told the press.

"I have always had faith in Italian referees. They can show they can do well. We want to play football and focus on this."

Contrary to pre-season expectations, Claudio Ranieri's galleon of Roma troops have not moved majestically forward. Benitez summed up the Lupi's situation as he gave his view.

"Ranieri? He has experience and is good. I wish him well in the league, but only after he plays us," added Benitez.

"Roma are a team of quality with great players. We saw this in the Super Cup. They are a good side.

"It will be difficult for us."

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