Inter Officials Elated After Porto Game, Wish for Derby

Inter president Steven Zhang was pleased with the team qualifying to the Champions League’s Round of Eight, where he wouldn’t mind facing Milan. The owner spoke to Sky after the Porto clash.

“It’s a big emotion for everybody. Every season, we start with the desire of going deep in every competition. This result repays our work in the last few years. Any objective is important, and we belong on the international stage. Our goal is to add more trophies to our cabinet.”

Zhang was quizzed about the potential pairing with the Rossoneri.

“Every team is strong at this point. Looking at the last seven years, the derbies always gave me big emotions. I’d like to play it in the quarter-finals.”

Giuseppe Marotta was along the same line.

“Facing Milan would be thrilling and evocative. We congratulate the coach since we hadn’t come this far in 12 years. Champions League is a tournament and not a championship, so you need the right night.”

The Inter CEO announced they would look into what happened with the fans and the tickets, as many couldn’t access the stadium.

“We’ll contact UEFA to learn what occurred. A thousand supporters stayed out, and that’s something severe that can’t be repeated. It was an ugly scene, and I saw some babies cry outside the arena. We had received reassurances from the local authorities.”

Marotta once again publicly backed Simone Inzaghi.

“The coach received unfair criticism, but we are in the running for three important objectives. We were hurt by some inconsistency, but he tried to remedy it. We can do well playing with the same effort we showed today.”

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