Former Torino striker Francesco Graziani looked ahead to the Derby della Madonnina in the Champions League semi-final, suggesting that Inter were going into the match in a better place than AC Milan.

Appearing on Italian television broadcaster Sport Mediaset, and as reported by FCInter1908, Graziani felt that the Nerazzurri had found their form again after overcoming Roma 2-0 in Serie A yesterday, whilst Milan secured their own 2-0 victory over Lazio earlier in the day.

“Inter are doing really well, they’ve rediscovered calmness and enthusiasm,” the 70-year-old claimed.

“Milan seemed more lame, but yesterday they played well against Lazio. Maybe yesterday it wasn’t the same Lazio that we have seen recently, but Milan won a direct match with the strength that allowed them to go 2-0 up after a few minutes.”

The Rossoneri saw star forward Rafael Leao forced off early in the win over Lazio with injury, and his presence for the first leg of the Champions League tie against Inter is in doubt.

“Leao? Without him, the Rossoneri could have 50% less danger,” Graziani warned.

Graziani scored 97 goals in 221 appearances for Torino and helped the Granata win the Serie A title in 1976, before joining Roma and lifting the Coppa Italia twice with the Lupi.