Inter Chief Marotta Eager to Face Milan in the Champions League

With three Italian teams progressing to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, there is a real chance for a high-profile Derby di Milano clash or even an all-Italian meeting with Napoli. The Nerazzurri and Rossoneri qualified after beating Porto and Tottenham Hotspur respectively in the last 16, and Inter chief Beppe Marotta is eager to meet Milan at some stage of the tournament.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FCInterNews), Inter CEO Beppe Marotta revealed it would be ‘fascinating’ to meet Milan in the final eight stage.

“We are happy to have come this far and we want to continue, we are not satisfied. It would be fascinating and exciting. We would have a world exhibition, in Milan they would not talk about anything else. But then it would be even better if this derby were played in Istanbul for the final. That would be historic. Well, I would very much like to say to Milan “See you in the final. But the most important thing now is to have brought not only Inter but Italian football back to where it deserves to be. After going down in the rankings, this comeback in style was missing.”

However, Marotta warned Simone Inzaghi’s men of being complacent going forward.

“Whether the pot gives us Milan or another of the 7 opponents, the most important thing is to arrive at the matches in optimal shape, with no injuries. Because in two matches you play everything and again  – how you are is more important than your opponent’s coat of arms. Inter have a squad that allows them to look to the future with optimism whatever their next opponent may be.”

Inter fall into the open draw tomorrow, with the chance to draw either Real Madrid, Napoli, Milan, Porto, Benfica Manchester City or Chelsea.

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