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Inter Milan must step up against Roma

Inter Milan
By ESPN Staff

Eto'o promises good times for Inter and Jose

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was dissatisfied after his team's failure to win on the opening day of the Serie A campaign against Bari but new club signing Samuel Eto'o has promised his coach that good times are on the way for the defending champions.

Eto'o did score on his league debut from the penalty spot but could have notched at least one other goal that would have earned a win against the newly-promoted side from the south of Italy.

In the end, Inter had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

''My first adventure at the Meazza stadium has gone really well, better than I expected,'' said the former Barcelona star. ''I haven't trained with the team that much but I think it has gone well.

''I take the opportunity to thank the fans for the trust they have placed in me and I am certain that in the next few games I will repay them.''

By dropping two points, Inter fell behind AC Milan and Juventus as both title rivals won their respective games.

Meanwhile, the club remain patient in their search for a playmaker after failing to prise Dutch star Wesley Sneijder away from Real Madrid.

Inter and Real had reportedly reached an agreement for Sneijder to move to the San Siro, only for the Holland international to change his mind.

The defending Serie A champions had also previously failed in their attempts to sign Chelsea midfielder Deco.

Reports in Italy have now linked Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano with the Nerazzurri, but Moratti appears in no hurry to dip into the transfer market.

''The fans want a playmaker and we need to find a playmaker,'' Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti said. ''But we must find the right one otherwise you risk making a mistake.

''We have a coach (Jose Mourinho) that must build a team and we will have to try to take a player that he considers to be a better fit for the team.''

Inter signed Lucio, Samuel Eto'o, Diego Milito and Thiago Motta earlier this summer.


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