Inter Executive Zanetti on Porto Clash, Juventus Defeat and Skriniar

Inter play Porto in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and Nerazzurri vice president Javier Zanetti believes his side have been handed a difficult clash in the knockout stages. Inter cruised past the group of death containing Barcelona and Bayern Munich, qualifying alongside the latter for the last sixteen stage.

The Nerazzurri legend spoke to SportMediaset (via FCInterNews) after the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

“An important and difficult match, I know Porto because I was the partner of Sergio Conceiçao who is doing well. It depends on the state of form, but it is always a Champions League match, maximum respect for the opponent, we will prepare well.”

He also took into consideration the defeat against Juventus when replying to a question that shed light on how contrasting their performances have been in the two premier competitions.

“I think we need to find balance and continuity in the league, sorry for yesterday’s defeat. I think that after the first half we went into the break thinking we could emerge with a positive result. This is football, Juve scored at the first opportunity and from there it was a whole new game. We need to work on the details. “

Finally, he spoke of Milan Skriniar’s potential stay at the Stadio Meazza after a transfer saga that linked him heavily with a move to PSG.

“We are talking, there are the conditions to move forward. We hope it will be resolved as soon as possible, we will all be happy.”

Inter languish 7th in the league after the loss in Turin, whereas they have enjoyed a relatively positive UCL campaign, heading to their second consecutive Round of 16 tie where they meet Porto next.

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