Milito eager to land “unique” trophy
Diego Milito is determined to help Inter Milan add the FIFA Club World Cup to their haul of trophies in 2010 after describing the competition as “unique”.
Inter qualified by winning the Champions League in May – Milito’s two goals downing Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu – to complete a wonderful season which also saw them land the Serie A and Coppa Italia crowns under the now-departed Jose Mourinho.The Nerazzurri claimed the season-opening Super Coppa under new boss Rafael Benitez but things have not gone quite to plan since with Inter down in seventh place in Serie A, 13 points behind leaders AC Milan.Milito was quick to talk up the significance of the Club World Cup ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final meeting with Asian champions Seongnam Ilhwa from South Korea and has targeted another title.He said: “This is a unique competition for all of us. We don’t know if we’ll ever play in it again in our careers. We will try to enjoy it and reach a valuable objective, which is very important to us.”Milito’s goals have been crucial to Inter’s successes over the past 12 months but the Argentina international is happy to sacrifice personal glory for more silverware.”I would give anything to win, but it is not important that I score,” he added. “If I ‘have to’ score that is better, but what I really want is to win and that is the only thing that matters.”Inter have a number of players on their way back from injury, including Milito, but Benitez claims he will select his best XI for Wednesday’s fixture.”Clearly we are here to win and we must win the first game, it is the most important,” he said. “If we win this one, then we will think about the final. Therefore choices will be made based on our priority: winning the first game.”Benitez is wary of Wednesday’s opponents and is not expecting a comfortable passage to a final meeting with either TP Mazembe or Internacional.”They (Seongnam) are a side that has had to do a lot to get here; it is not easy to win the Asian Champions League,” he added. “Tactically they are well organised, they have quality and intensity, and they are good both on the ball and off it.”They are a tough opponent, but we are Inter and we are here with a desire to win.”Seongnam boss Shin Tae-yong was equally respectful for Inter’s achievements.”Internazionale are the best team in the world,” he said. “They are the better team and we’re not in for an easy match. But our players are here to try and perform at their best and if they do I’m sure we’ll give them a good game.”It would be an extremely proud moment for us and the whole of Asia if we were to qualify for the final.”