Inter director Beppe Marotta, expressed his desire for the Nerazzurri to meet their city rivals Milan in the Champions League Final. However, he emphasized that regardless of their opponent, they are looking forward to the future with optimism.
Inter advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating Porto in the Round of 16, placing them in the top eight teams. Milan and Napoli also secured their spot in the quarter-finals by defeating their opponents, resulting in three representatives from Italy among the top eight teams for the first time in many years.
Three Italian teams have reached the quarter final
Marotta thinks that it would be beneficial for Benamata to face Milan in the next phase.
He said: “We are happy to be here and we want to continue. The derby would be thrilling. Everyone would talk about it and it would get exposure worldwide, but it would be even better to play the derby in Istanbul in the Final.
“That would really be historical. I’d like to tell Milan, we’ll see you in the Final.
“Whether it’s Milan or another club, the most important thing is to be fit and get to the games with no injuries. The team we have allows us to look to the future with optimism regardless of the opponent.”
This season, the Nerazzurri won two out of three Milan derbies, but they were knocked out by their city rivals in the Champions League in both 2003 and 2005.
He added: “The most important thing is to bring Italian football to where it belongs.
“Italian clubs dropped in the UEFA ranking lately, but the comeback of our clubs is a great thing after the Euros. It’s s shame for the World Cup, but this massive presence in the Champions League is excellent for our system.”