Inter Milan wingback Federico Dimarco feels that he has gained maturity in recent years and he’s now ready to take on Milan in the double header in the Champions League semifinal.
The 25-year-old took part in the customary pre-match press conference alongside his coach Simone Inzaghi ahead of Wednesday’s first-leg encounter.
After the conference, the Italian international chatted with Inter TV (via FcInterNews), explaining how participating in more matches has helped him gain experience and confidence.
Therefore, Dimarco now feels ready for what will surely be the biggest test of his young playing career.
“You can manage tension in many ways, it’s not easy but I think the group is training well, we’re doing well and we’ll try to play a great game.
“You need to have a mind and a heart, the same is true for us as it is for Milan. We won the trophy in 2010, they won it in 2007. It will be a good game.
“On the mental level, I feel more mature. When you play many important matches you gain confidence and self-esteem and this has contributed to my growth.”
Dimarco is famously a childhood Inter Milan supporter. He recurrently attended matches at the Giuseppe Meazza, joining the club’s Ultras in the Curva Nord.
Nowadays, the left-back has become a true pillar in Inzaghi’s tactical jigsaw. He scored six goals and eight assists across all competitions this season, playing a vital role in some of the club’s most important wins.