Matteo's not so Serene-i
FED-UP Ipswich keeper Matteo Sereni intends to take out his frustration on Inter Milan tonight.The 26-year-old Italian sees the visit of his fellow countrymen to Portman Road as the perfect opportunity to revive Town's flagging fortunes.
By Mel Henderson
FED-UP Ipswich keeper Matteo Sereni intends to take out his frustration on Inter Milan tonight.
The 26-year-old Italian sees the visit of his fellow countrymen to Portman Road as the perfect opportunity to revive Town's flagging fortunes.
Sereni insists he has no regrets following his £5 million eve-of-season move from Sampdoria, even if things have not gone according to plan.
When he signed after a glowing recommendation from England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, who was his club boss, Sereni was looking to further his international ambitions with a club who had finished fifth in the Premiership.
What has happened these past four months must make Sereni wonder if he is jinxed, with Town's progress in the UEFA the only respite from an on-going relegation struggle.
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While some foreign imports might be looking for a get-out clause in their contracts, former Italy Under-21 cap Sereni displays the mental strength built into him by his father.
He admitted: "I'm very sad now and a little bit angry, as I want us to get better. I came here to enjoy a nice season and now we are near the bottom of the table. This is bad but I have no regrets.
"I have a strong mind and I think positively about the future. Every player must do that.
"This is a different experience for me, an important one, as I changed my life in coming here. It's okay though, as I'm an intelligent man so I want to learn better English and know England better.
"This is a bad moment for us but I hope for the future. I have a strong character and I want to get better. We all need to get better."
But Sereni will have to guard against history repeating itself if he is going to help Ipswich pull off a shock win.
Inter striker Nicola Ventola, who cost £11m from Bari, had a smile on his face as he recalled scoring a goal past Sereni in his days with Empoli.
Ventola, who has three Serie A goals to his credit this season, said: "I did it once before and I would like to do it again. But we know what to expect from Ipswich – they are a typical English team, aggressive and totally committed."
Inter coach Hector Cuper insisted his team would have strict orders to attack from the start and sat his players down earlier today to watch a video of Ipswich in action.