D'Alessandro: Internacional will win Taça Farroupilha
Internacional captain Andrés D'Alessandro has sent out a message to rivals claiming that they will complete a clean sweep by winning the Taça Farroupilha.
The Taça Farroupilha is the Campeonato Gaúcho's second stage final and if Internacional were to win it, they would automatically become Gaúcho champions as the two final winners are to play each other at the end of the campaign.
D'Alessandro was in a bullish mood as he spoke to reporters after Internacional's Taça Piratini win.
"The rain was a problem, but we became accustomed to it. In Caxias, it was much worse. Everyone is to be congratulated. There is nothing better for a player to be at a club like this, feeling at ease and winning titles.
Dunga was full of praise for his captain and spoke of his leadership as vital to Internacional's cause.
"I do not like to make comparisons, he is the captain, he has this leadership. He is the one pulling the group together. The others look to and follow D'Alessandro."
D'Alessandro was pleased to hear the praise from his coach and says he is still learning the trade: "Having confidence is the main thing, I try to be a leader. I learned a lot from Guiñazu, Indio and Bolívar."
"I think I'm still learning, I want to be a leader on and off the field. The group has that confidence in me," said the Argentinean.
D'Alessandro also had one final warning for Internacional's opponents in the Gaúcho: "We will win the Taça Farroupilha."