Inter CEO Beppe Marotta discussed the upcoming derby against AC Milan, the transfer market and the players infected with Covid-19 in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia before the game.
“It has been a difficult week, because of Covid and the international break. But, as Conte said, no excuses, because the team that takes the field today can and must honor this shirt.
“Derby always have a special flavor, beyond the table.”
The former Juventus CEO spoke about how the derby is being played behind closed doors.
“Today there is a great absence, which is the public. This makes the game lose great value. It is a surreal atmosphere.
“There are difficulties from a motivational point of view, but the players are mature and I am sure Conte will have motivated them well.”
He touched on how he hopes the game will give something for the fans to smile about.
“I hope that this match can be a ray of lightness for all the fans. The scenario is difficult and there is a lack of revenue.
“All the clubs are in trouble and our market has been affected by this situation.”
Finally, Marotta spoke about how the team had to limit their transfer plans a little, but are still confident about doing well in all competitions this season.
“What we had planned has slowed down, but we seized the opportunities that presented themselves. On Wednesday we will start the Champions League, we have given consistency with our coach.
“We are confident that we can also have an important journey in Europe.”
Inter have started the season strongly, with wins over Fiorentina and Benevento. The Nerazzurri suffered a tough 1-1 draw with Lazio before the international break, leaving them still unbeaten but on seven points.
The Rossoneri have started even better, winning their first three games of the season against Spezia, Crotone and Bologna.
Inter’s next game is against German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.