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Benitez names squad for the TIM Tournament

Rafa Benitez has picked three goalkeepers, nine defenders, seven midfielders and five strikers for the TIM Tournament.

Goalkeepers: 1 Julio Cesar, 12 Luca Castellazzi, 21 Paolo Orlandoni.

Defenders: 2 Ivan Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 13 Maicon, 23 Marco Materazzi, 25 Walter Samuel, 26 Cristian Chivu, 34 Cristiano Biraghi, 35 Simone Benedetti, 57 Felice Natalino.

Midfielders: 5 Dejan Stankovic, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 20 Joel Obi, 29 Coutinho, 30 Amantino Mancini, 40 Nwankwo Obiora.

Strikers: 9 Samuel Eto’o, 22 Diego Milito, 27 Goran Pandev, 33 Victor Obinna, 88 Ludovic Biabiany.

Asked how he would use his squad over the two games Benitez told Repubblica.it:

“It is not easy for a coach to think about the first and second match. You could take two separate sides, but it is not easy as many players have been involved in international friendlies. We shall see what happens. The main thing is that it is a good tournament for the spectators. For us coaches, it will not be easy.”

Benitez aims to have all his players not get injured during the tournament, as the Nerazzurri still have to play Atletico Madrid in the European Supercup, as well as start on a strong note in defending their Scudetto against Bologna on August 29.

“The most important thing is that I prepare the players for the Supercups and the start of the season. The pre-season in the USA made us work hard, and I hope we can do the same over the coming days. The main aim will be to have more possession, and have a high tempo.

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