Friday February 3 2012
Milito: Roma a must-win

Whilst revelling in his rediscovered goal-scoring touch, Diego Milito hasn’t lost sight of the importance three points against Roma represents.

Inter go into their weekend meeting - rearranged to Sunday, 2pm UK time - five points and one place ahead of the Giallorossi, albeit having played a game more.

That was the midweek fixture at home to Palermo, in which Milito netted a ‘poker’ - four goals, for the first time for the club.

“It is a difficult thing to achieve, they are special games when you find everything goes right,” reflected Milito to Inter Channel on Friday.

“Unfortunately in this case, however, the result did not go as well and that is what I most regret. Having been lucky enough to have scored four goals did not bother me.

“It has happened once before, when I played in Spain, in a Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid.

“There could have been five, although it could have been four, because to be honest the third goal was a bit offside.” joked Milito, in reference to the fact that on Wednesday he had a perfectly good ruled out for offside.

The goals have seemingly confirmed the 32-year-old’s return to form at San Siro and he has now netted nine goals in his last six League games, a run that sits in sharp contrast to his struggles across most of 2011.

“As I said at the time, when the ball wouldn’t go in the net, and what I’ll repeat now - these are moments that can happen to any striker in the world.

“In moments when the ball doesn’t find the net, you must stay calm, stay focused and keep working. I was quiet and I’m fine now, I’m scoring goals and we’re talking about them, but I knew early in the season that I was fine.

“I had good games without scoring. Now my movements are the same but the shots that went out, hit the crossbar or the post, they are now going in.

“In any case, I always try to play and give the best to my team.”

Milito now returns to Rome this weekend in similar form to 18 months ago, when his goal was the only one in a tense Coppa Italia final against the Giallorossi at the Olimpico. 

“Yeah [that game] was great, on May 5, 2010 I went and scored to win the first of three trophies,” recollected the Argentine, in reference to his goal that settled the final between the two teams.

“Hopefully we can win against Roma this time too. I hope to have a great game, fight against their strengths and win, we need it.”

Milito reflected with his interviewers on Inter Channel of the different paths the two teams have taken this season since they last met in September.

“They’ve continued with the same Coach from earlier this year, with the same philosophy of play, at least with the same continuity, although perhaps with ups and downs, but still with the same style of play and philosophy.

“We have a new Coach and style of play.”