Tuesday April 2 2013
Palacio: 'Inter can reach top three'

Rodrigo Palacio is fired up for Inter’s trip to Sampdoria tomorrow and is confident they “can still qualify for the Champions League.”

The Serie A Week 29 fixture was rained off on March 17 amid flood warnings in the city of Genoa, but kicks off on Wednesday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

“I am scoring consistency, but I can’t be entirely happy because the team’s results aren’t that good,” Palacio told Sky Sport Italia.

“We played well against Juventus and Tottenham and have to continue like this. We must go to Genoa in order to win, as we need the points.

“It is crucial that we get the victory both tomorrow and on Sunday against Atalanta so we can reduce the gap.”

Albeit with a game in hand, Inter are in joint sixth place with Roma on 47 points, while the final Champions League spot is held by Milan on 57 points.

“There are eight games to go and, if we win them all, then we can still qualify for the Champions League,” argued Palacio.

“Losing Diego Milito was a heavy blow for the team, as he is a player who really makes the difference.”

There have been consistent reports that Inter are in advanced talks with Sampdoria for Mauro Icardi, seen as the heir to Milito next season.

“Icardi is a great player, but we cannot be thinking about next term already. There is still a tournament to be concluded and targets to be achieved,” insisted Palacio.