Nagatomo: Inter never say never

Inter Milan's Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo, who has scored twice in the last two Serie A games, has said he felt in a trance when he hit the target.

"It was like I was in a trance. I knew where the pass from Ricky Alvarez was going to end up," said Nagatomo of the header which gave Inter a 1-0 win over Genoa on Tuesday and pushed his side into seventh place in the table.

Nagatomo had also scored in the 2-0 weekend win over Fiorentina. It was the 25-year-old's fourth goal for Inter since joining the club in January and what's more it was a rare header for the former Cesena and FC Tokyo player, who stands at just five feet, seven inches tall.

I never say never and my team-mates believe the same thing. 
Yuto Nagatomo, Inter Milan defender

The Japanese international said he is relishing his opportunities to shine for Inter after the club's difficult start to the season. "I suffered a right shoulder injury at the end of July," he told Gazzetta dello Sport as he explained his slow start to the campaign. And when things started to improve, I injured my calf."

Despite being ten points off the pace of leaders Juventus and Udinese, Nagatomo still believes the title is not beyond Inter. "I never say never and my team-mates believe the same thing."

Away from the pitch, Nagatomo said he likes to link-up with close friend Takayuki Morimoto who plays for Novara. "We often meet up and watch Japanese films," he said.