Monday April 8 2013
Rocchi puts Inter above goal 100

Tommaso Rocchi has admitted that he would have preferred an Inter win against Atalanta rather than netting his 100th goal in the Italian top flight.

The January signing from Lazio grabbed the landmark strike at San Siro on Sunday, but his side incredibly threw away a 3-1 lead when they were beaten 4-3.

“It would have been better to celebrate my 100th goal with a win,” the former Empoli player told Inter Channel.

“My goal was certainly important. I hadn’t scored for a long time and I needed to regain the right mind-set to face matches and get my form back.

“But as I said, I can’t be entirely happy. I play for an important team and it’s fundamental that the team do well.

“Personal achievements are less important to me. But the goal itself was certainly a nice one – I beat my man and put it in from a sharp angle.

“It made me happy to hear the fans cheering for me, but I’m sorry because we wanted things to go differently and we didn’t manage to make that happen.”

Rocchi was thrown into the side given the injuries to Diego Milito and Rodrigo Palacio. Antonio Cassano then picked up a knock in the game.

“I know there will be more room for me now and I’ll have to prepare even better to face these matches. But it’s not just about me and what matters is that the team do better than we did against Atalanta.”