Monday September 5 2011
Julio Cesar believes in Inter

Julio Cesar insists Inter are still a side to be feared despite the departure of Samuel Eto'o this summer.

"Eto'o will be missed," the Brazilian goalkeeper told the Gazzetta dello Sport following the striker's €27m sale to Anzhi. "He was a marvellous teammate.

"Samuel gave energy to the squad in these years. He's also a guy who doesn't know how to lose and he gave us this mentality. I wish him well in Russia."

The departure of Eto'o has raised some doubts over Inter's strength this term, especially with 3-4-3 man Gian Piero Gasperini taking over from Leonardo on the bench.

"I don't think the side is weaker than what it was," Julio Cesar added. "We're still very strong. Players have gone, but players have come in too and the side is pretty much as it was.

"In addition, we have a new Coach with different ideas. Putting those into practice as soon as possible will be very important."

One player who didn't leave San Siro, despite the speculation, was Holland international Wesley Sneijder.

"It's a good job that he has stayed," the custodian noted. "Everything would have been more difficult without him.

"Wesley is a player who makes the difference. He's technically very strong, but he also has experience which helps the side."

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