Even Giampaolo Pazzini’s wildest dreams did not include a two-goal debut in Inter Milan’s comeback win over Palermo on Sunday.
It was little wonder the Italy striker – who only signed for the Milan club on Friday from Sampdoria – was over the moon at having inspired his new side to an unlikely three Serie A points.
Trailing 2-0 at home after just 36 minutes, Pazzini fired a 16-minute, second-half double salvo before fellow striker Samuel Eto’o converted winning penalty – after Pazzini was felled in the box – in the 76th minute.
Part of an attacking troika alongside Eto’o and Diego Milito, Pazzini was delighted to begin his Inter career on such a promising note.
“Well, I’d have never imagined a debut like that,” he admitted.
“I’d like to thank my team-mates and the coach for making me feel part of the group from the very beginning. It has been really good.”
“The choice of three forwards was really brave, but necessary to help us recover the result from 2-0 down. Someone said it would have been difficult to play with Milito and Eto’o, but it went very well.”"I have felt really good since they are two champions who’ve made me feel at ease. Diego, who played close to me, has helped me and talked to me. We have played well together, so everything has gone pretty well.”
“I’ve scored two goals and Samuel scored one goal, so I think this is the best I could’ve achieved.”
The win kept Leonardo’s men nine points from Serie A leaders and city rivals AC Milan with a game in hand.