Legendary former Nerazzurri defender Ivan Cordoba feels that it’s “hard not to be optimistic” about this Inter Milan team in the Champions League.

The Colombian spoke to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport about his team’s chances in Europe in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews.

The road ahead in the Champions League won’t be easy for Inter.

Last season in the round of sixteen, the Nerazzurri had to overcome Porto in a gruelling two-legged tie, and by the narrowest of margins.

This season’s clash with Atletico Madrid promises to be even tougher.

But at the same time, this Inter team have grown from last season’s version.

The Nerazzurri seem to have taken confidence from their run to the final of last season’s edition of Europe’s top club competition.

And summer signings like Benjamin Pavard and Marcus Thuram have added further quality to a side that look more like a well-oiled machine than ever under coach Simone Inzaghi.

Obviously in Europe, there is always the role of luck as well. Only one team can win among many extremely formidable sides.

But for his part, former defender Cordoba sees real reason to be optimistic.

Cordoba: Hard Not To Be Optimistic About Inter In Champions League

Former Inter defender Cordoba said that “In a superstitious world like football it scares me a little to wish Inter to go all the way in the Champions League.”

“Especially considering they already have to face an opponent as tough as Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in the round of sixteen.”

He called the Colchoneros “A team that never give up.”

“Still, I can only be optimistic based on what Inzaghi’s team have been doing,” Cordoba said.

“Because this Inter are doing well, mentally as well as in their legs. And they’ve been playing football that’s as beautiful as it is effective.”