Inter captain Javier Zanetti is confident the Nerazzurri can have a season to remember after last term’s difficulties.
The Beneamata had a problematic 2012-13 campaign seeing as they finished a lowly ninth in Serie A.
“We must start challenging again,” the almost 40-year-old stated. “We have to bounce back this season and to do that we need a strong group of players.”
The San Siro giants have spent the summer re-shaping their squad who are now at the disposal of new boss Walter Mazzarri.
“He's an expert Coach with clear ideas,” the Argentine added. “To be a great team you need a charismatic tactician and Mazzarri is that.
“We've also got more experienced heads and youngsters we have high hopes for – it's the right mix to help us come back stronger than before.
“We're here to help the younger players because they represent our future – that's why we're placing our faith in them.”
Inter will start the season without Zanetti though as he is still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury which required surgery.
“I don't know when I'll be able to make my comeback, but I'm working hard to make it happen,” said the man who recently signed a new one-year contract.
“At the end of the season I'll decide whether to hang up my boots or whether I have enough left in me to carry on.
“When I do stop playing I hope to be as useful to Inter off the pitch as I've tried to be on it.”
Zanetti has been at Inter since the summer of 1995.
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