Saturday August 9 2014
Mazzarri 'always admired Osvaldo'

Inter boss Walter Mazzarri “always admired” Daniel Osvaldo and warned of “surprises” in Europe with Stjarnan.

The Nerazzurri are in Germany for tomorrow’s friendly match with Eintracht Frankfurt and the Coach spoke to Inter Channel.

“I’ve always admired Osvaldo and I hope that I can help him play his best possible season,” Mazzarri said of the new signing from Southampton.

“It all starts from hard work and sacrifice, then his technical abilities are beyond dispute. Hernanes was exceptional in returning a week early from his vacation, despite playing in the World Cup.

“This year we need the team spirit to emerge. If we give it our all in terms of concentration and grit, then our superior technique can also come out. If not, we’ll struggle against anyone.

“The lads are responding well on the field in terms of belief. My messages are being perfectly received.”

The trip to Germany is a warm-up for Inter’s Europa League play-off against Icelandic club Stjarnan.

“Football has levelled out now, so you cannot underestimate any opponent,” warned Mazzarri.

“If we look at history, we realise the surprises are always right round the corner. We must prepare well to reach the two legs against Stjarnan in the best shape possible.

“We risk running into some ugly surprises if we even slightly underestimate the obstacle in front of us. Don’t forget Iceland nearly qualified for the World Cup.”

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