April 18, 2008

Today Inter captain Javier Zanetti was asked about the recent controversy surrounding the behaviour of his Roma counterpart Francesco Totti, who was seen repeatedly insulting the referee and only getting a yellow card last weekend against Udinese.

"Totti had an outburst, which is understandable," said Zanetti, "but for a similar reaction [Patrick] Vieira was sent off. Sure, it depends on the referee's interpretation, but..."

Roma manager Bruno Conti launched the counterattack on Inter, suggesting that in the Inter dressing room, the players insult each other and their coach. Of course, Zanetti could not avoid giving a response to this.

"We are calm and serene, it's not true that we are nervous," he said. "It seems that everyone is keen on talking negatively about Inter. But we are not really interested in these things, even though they are part of football. Everyone can say what they want, but all we have to think about is winning."

With five matches to go, Inter still hold a four-point lead over Roma, although in case the teams finish level it's Inter who will be crowned champions due to their advantage in the head-to-head record, having won 4-1 in Rome and drawn 1-1 in Milan.

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