Inter Milan defender Matteo Darmian is staying positive despite the team missing out on top of their Champions League group.
The veteran former Manchester United and Torino defender spoke to InterTV, via FCInterNews, after the goalless draw against Real Sociedad.
Inter were not able to secure top spot in their Champions League group.
The Nerazzurri had already booked their place in the knockout rounds with a couple matches to spare. But this evening, they needed a win if they were to finish top spot.
In the end, Real Sociedad were able to hold out for a point. That means that the La Liga side will finish top of the group rather than Inter.
Inter did even have some good chances to score. But in the end they were not able to finish any of them.
Some disappointment is only natural.
Inter will now almost certainly face a tougher draw in the next round.
But at the same time, there are still reasons to be positive.
The Nerazzurri already proved last season that they are capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone. And at the start of this one, the team are in excellent form.
Matteo Darmian Positive Despite Inter Missing Out On Top Spot In Champions League Group
After the match, Darmian said that “We have to look ahead in a positive way.”
“We’ll fight right until the last minute to keep going forward in the Champions League,” the 34-year-old continued.
“And none of the other teams will be happy about having to face us.”
Darmian was Inter’s captain on the night this evening since Lautaro Martinez didn’t start the match.
“It’s a source of great pride to have been able to wear the armband,” he said. “Even if Lautaro is the captain.
“When you play for a club like Inter it’s a source of great pride.”
“And you always want to achieve certain goals.”
Of the match against La Real, Darmian said that “They pressed very well. They have a a lot of pace.”
“We responded to them punch for punch,” the Inter defender added.
“But unfortunately we weren’t able to break the deadlock.”
“It ended up as a draw, which means we don’t finish top of the group,” Darmian said. “But still, we’re looking ahead with optimism.”