Ex-Inter Defender Andreas Brehme: “Nerazzurri Will Win Milan Derby, Champions League Exit Was A Disaster”

Ex-Inter Defender Andreas Brehme: “Nerazzurri Will Win Milan Derby, Champions League Exit Was A Disaster”
February 19, 2021 22:00
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Antonio Conte will lead Inter to a 2-1 win in Sunday’s Milan derby, according to the Nerazzurri’s former striker Andreas Brehme.

Inter have the chance to extend their lead at the top of Serie A to four points with victory against AC Milan, in arguably the most important Derby della Madonnina for a decade.

Brehme remains strongly attached to his former club and is expecting three points for Conte’s side.

“It doesn’t matter who scores, the result is what matters,” Brehme told Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview for Friday’s print edition.

“I’ll watch the game with a couple of friends at my house.

“It is too bad that the derby will be played without fans, this has been a disaster for everyone and not only in Italy.

“The matches against AC Milan are always special.

“There is a lot of tension and as a player it is much easier to play other matches.”

Conte took Inter top of the table for the first time this season when they beat Lazio last Sunday.

The former Juventus and Italy boss is 18 months into his stint at San Siro and Brehme is impressed with the job he’s done so far.

“Conte is a good coach who’s doing well,” Brehme argued.

“Inter seem to me to be on the right track, you can see they’re a team on the pitch and this is the most important thing for them now.

“Playing once a week can also help in this sense, it can certainly be an advantage.”

Despite acknowledging the possible benefits of not being in Europe, Brehme admitted he still hadn’t got over Inter’s disappointing exit from the UEFA Champions League.

“It was a disaster,” he rued.

“You can’t fail to score even one goal in two games against Shakhtar Donetsk.

“It’s a shame, I was very angry.

“Inter didn’t play well in that last match, they had to do more.”

The former German international, who played for Inter between 1988 and 1992, also shared his views on Romelu Lukaku and his heated dispute with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during last month’s Coppa Italia quarter-final.

“I like Lukaku a lot, he’s very fast and he’s also a great person on the pitch,” Brehme said.

“The clash with Ibrahimovic? These things can happen, but at the beginning of the second half they had to shake hands on the pitch to make the fans understand, via TV, that everything was okay.

“They were both wrong, a simple gesture would have been enough.”

 

By Cammy Anderson

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