Julio Cesar: "Saving Ronaldinho's penalty was one of my finest derby moments"

Julio Cesar: "Saving Ronaldinho's penalty was one of my finest derby moments"

Julio Cesar, former Inter goalkeeper, speaks to Inter TV ahead of Sunday’s derby: “I will be there as a fan and I want to see everyone again, and of course, I hope that I can enjoy a victory.”

The Brazilian also looks back to one of his favorite past derby memories, including the penalty saved on his compatriot Ronaldinho. 

“That was an important moment, there were five minutes left but Lucio was sent off. That was one of the best moments of my career, to save a penalty against what was one of the best players in the world.”

Typically, how did you prepare to play in a derby?

“It is a special game which will always remain in history. Nobody wants to lose, there is always a lot of concentration and the coach will precisely convey his ideas and the players will have to understand them. It is a game that gives you a lot of enjoyment after a victory but you will be down in case of a defeat. At the time at Inter, I won more than I lost.”

The 4-0 victory in 2019.

“We dominated from start to finish, a beautiful game, I remember Motta’s goal well, that was a splendid triangular passing and action.”

This week will be a fascinating week for the Nerazzurri.

“True, all the players want to play in this type of games. I think Inter are doing very well, especially in the Champions League. I hope it will be a good week.”

How good is it to find your old friends again?

“I was expected to see some other former teammates but getting together was difficult. But, it was great to see Maicon, Milito, Zanetti again. We had so many things to say to each other.”

Source: Inter TV

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