Monday March 21 2011
Pazzini ready for first derby

Inter striker Giampaolo Pazzini says he can't wait to star in his first Derby della Madonnina next week.

The 26-year-old Italy international scored the winner against Lecce on Sunday and helped Inter close the gap with League leader's Milan to just two points.

"It's my first derby and I can't wait for it to arrive, but it will not be the game that decides our season," Pazzini said. "There will be another seven after it.

"It's a shame that there won't be Lucio. His tackle was instinctive, but I understand it: I too have been cautioned and every now and again you think about it.

"Before the game, we said to each other: 'We've been looking for this opportunity. We've sweated for it and now, after all this hard work, we can't let it go to waste.

"Because the strength of this team is knowing its strength: it's this consciousness that allows us not to hurry."

Asked to describe his time at Inter, Pazzini said: "A lot of things have happened in two months: I have tasted the most beautiful moment of my career and I hope to win something quickly.

"We have done something extraordinary making up so many points on Milan and now we can fight until the end for the Scudetto," he concluded.

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