Saturday October 3 2015
Zenga: 'Samp-Inter is special'

Sampdoria Coach Walter Zenga concedes facing Inter and Roberto Mancini “cannot be a game like any other.”

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“I say this with absolute sincerity and affection. Inter represented 22 years of my life. If I said they were an opponent like any other, I wouldn’t respect myself or my history,” said Zenga in a Press conference.

“Of course, Sampdoria was also part of my history and is my present. I am concentrated on doing well now, although it cannot be a game like any other.

“In the past I also said I’d have loved to be an Inter Coach and I was pleased to be linked with that bench in the past, but when I arrived here I pointed out this was no stepping stone. I know the value of this shirt and what it means to work and sweat for it.”

It was during his time as Sampdoria goalkeeper that Zenga was a teammate of current Inter boss Mancini.

“Thinking back to the ads we used to film together in this stadium too, I think we’ll burst out laughing. I started playing with Mancini in the Under-21 side.

“He wrote history in Genoa and if it weren’t for Koeman’s free kick in extra time for Barcelona, he’d have won the Champions League with this club too.

“With a little more luck, that generation of Italy players could’ve been the 90s equivalent of Spain today.”

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