Inter CEO Beppe Marotta feels that the team must treat this evening’s Serie A match away to Spezia as being just as important as next Tuesday’s Champions League round of sixteen second leg against Porto.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN ahead of this evening’s match in La Spezia, via FCInterNews, the Nerazzurri executive stressed that this will be a challenging match even coming against a “smaller” team, and will require as serious a mentality as any other.

Inter will face one of the most significant matches in the context of their seasons in just a few days when they travel to Portugal to face Porto.

Tuesday’s match will be a massive moment in the Nerazzurri’s season not just because it represents the opportunity to reach the last eight of the Champions League, but also because the Portuguese champions are a team of such high quality.

However, Spezia are not to be underestimated, as the Ligurians are a team with proven quality and ample motivation considering they are playing for the points to save themselves from relegation.

Marotta stressed this point, stating that “It makes us proud when we come up against the biggest teams, but our players have to always remember that the Inter shirt bears a certain responsibility, and always keep their motivation up.”

Asked whether there is a risk of the focus dropping a bit for matches like this evening’s with a Champions League knockout match just around the corner, the CEO responded “That absolutely can’t happen.”

“Tuesday is an extremely important match no doubt, the Champions League is the top competition that a football club can play in,” he noted.\

“But this evening against Spezia means just as much as Tuesday against Porto,” he emphasized, “this match can trip us up just the same as Tuesday’s, even if it has a bit of a different atmosphere.”