Sunday August 4 2013
Mazzarri awaits 'tough' Valencia test

Walter Mazzarri expects “a tough game” against Valencia tonight, though Inter are “going way beyond even the best hopes I had.”

This is their second match in the Guinness International Champions Cup, having lost 2-0 to Chelsea earlier this week.

It kicks off at the MetLife Stadium in New York at 16.00 local time, 21.00 in the UK.

“I still have to decide the line-up, but I will probably be changing four or five players at least. We’ll see,” said the Coach on the official Inter website.

“I had a meeting with the lads earlier to show them – apart from some of the mistakes we made and must try not to repeat – the good things we did, the football we managed to play against a top-notch side like Chelsea.

“The lads have a greater awareness of what we’re doing now and for a Coach that’s very reassuring to see. I showed them that we played some decent football, that we created four or five chances. It's all looking very good.

“Analysing things calmly I can say that having coached this team for a very short period I’ve already seen things that go way beyond even the best hopes I had.”

Hugo Campagnaro was sent off against Chelsea, so is suspended for this second game with Valencia, while Walter Samuel is injured.

“This is the stage of the season when you're trying to get your team ready. As we've already said, the result doesn't matter at the moment. What does matter is being able to practise things we want to try out playing 11 against 11.

“Valencia are difficult to play against because Spanish teams don't give you any reference points and Valencia are a very well-drilled side.

“It’s going to be an important test for when we go into games needing to be properly prepared, when there are points to be won. So it’s a useful opportunity for us to correct some of the defects we might still be showing.”

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