Inter CEO Beppe Marotta admits that the Nerazzurri were not happy about the Champions League round of sixteen re-draw, but he accepts the result and never considered trying to overturn it.
Speaking to Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb while at the Gazzetta Awards, the executive gave his thoughts on the controversial decision to hold the draw a second time after the first go around had followed improper procedure.
Inter initially believed that they had been paired with Ajax, not straightforward opponent by any means given that the Dutch champions qualified top of their group with six wins from six and are in scintillating form.
However, problems with the software indicating which opponents were eligible to face each other meant that the correct drawing procedure had not been followed, and Spanish side Atletico Madrid appealed to have the draw voided on this basis.
The appeal was upheld and so a second draw had to be held a few hours later, with the Nerazzurri drawing Liverpool this time.
The Reds are among the favourites to win the competition this season and promise to be an even more formidable obstacle to the quarter-finals than Ajax would have been.
“We were upset, that’s for sure,” Marotta admitted. “I don’t want to go too far because we respect the rules, but we are very bitter.”
On whether the Nerazzurri considered appealing the re-draw he stated that “No, we didn’t think about it.”
And on whether the club will make any signings during the January transfer window the executive stated, “We’ll see, we’ll see.”