Inter chief executive Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Marotta has stated that there is hope that the result in the other match in the group B between Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach will go in Inter’s favour.

Inter head into tonight’s clash with Shakhtar Donetsk having to win but that in itself will not guarantee them progression. In order to progress, Inter must win and Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach cannot draw.

“Today the result is unique for us and it is victory. There is the hope that something positive will happen elsewhere for us,” he explained in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, a short time ago.

“Our declared goal at the beginning of the season was to grow and we are doing it, although it has been a bit slow in some moments due to many factors.

“Being here to play for the qualification on the last day is something important, our path of growth continues even tonight.”

The former Juventus executive then went on to speak about Nicolo Barella recovering from injury and returning to the starting line-up.

“When a player goes on the pitch, he is certainly in a position to give what is requested and the availability is total.”

He was then asked about Christian Eriksen, who was largely expected to start but once again finds himself among the substitutes.

“It becomes cloying to give these answers. The team is important, the players become functional when the manager intends to use them in respect of the club.

“There is maximum respect for the player, Eriksen is an exemplary professional but the decisions that Conte makes are absolutely indisputable.”

Marotta proceeded to speak further on the goals that the club have in mind.

“This cycle started with the arrival of Conte and new players. A whole set of situations have lead to a slightly slower evolutionary process than other teams but Inter always play to win.

“We are competitive in the league, we want to continue the adventure in the Champions League. We don’t want to hide, but it’s not easy to get great results right away.”

In conclusion he was asked about the upcoming January transfer window and effectively ruled out Inter making any big money signings.

“In January it is not easy to find situations that are right for us and there are financial constraints as there are for all clubs. Imagining financially heavy deals is impossible, but you have to be good at seizing opportunities that arise. On that I can guarantee that we will be very present.”