Former Inter defender Daniele Adani believes that the club are the favourites when they face AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
In an interview with Italian television programme 90esimo Minuto, and as reported by Milan based Inter Milan news-site FCInter1908, Adani argued that the Nerazzurri were enjoying their best period of the season and everything was going right for the club, after they secured a crucial 2-0 win over Roma in Serie A yesterday.
Inter are due to face Milan over two legs as they seek to earn a first Champions League final since 2010, and Adani remembered a similar Champions League semi-final encounter in 2003, with the Rossoneri ultimately progressing and beating Juventus in a penalty shootout in the final.
“Of Inter I’m convinced by everything right now, they’re in their best moment of the season,” the former Italy international declared.
“It’s the biggest fixture in 20 years. I was there in 2003, those six days are equivalent to these and they were the hottest in the history of Milanese football, there has never been such a great expectation.
“But Inter come into it the best condition. Milan as a collective made the unthinkable possible: the Scudetto last year and eliminating Napoli from the Champions League this season.”
Lukaku, Dzeko & Lautaro Firing Again
Adani also felt that Inter had found form in attack and were able to get the best out of strikers Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, and Edin Dzeko to help them push on over the final weeks of the season.
“LuLa brought the Scudetto, but there is also Dzeko’s double in Verona: Inter have scored 11 goals in the last three games, let’s add in five more if we think about the Champions League quarter-finals.
“It’s a team that if it stays applied and focused, it can play the second game, which is the one from 70th to full-time. If you can throw on four or five players of a certain level and stay focused like yesterday, then you will win,” he concluded.
Adani joined Inter from Fiorentina in 2002 and made 30 appearances before signing for Brescia in 2004.