Matteo Darmian feels that Inter Milan must give their fans reason to be proud after crashing out of the Champions League.

The 34-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, ahead of the team’s Serie A clash with Napoli this evening.

This evening, Inter return to Serie A action against last season’s champions Napoli.

It’s something of an awkward point in the campaign for the Nerazzurri.

Just a few days ago, Inter were riding a wave of momentum, having won thirteen consecutive matches in all competitions since the start of 2024.

This gave the team, and the fans, a certain feeling of invincibility.

But that was shattered as Inter crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Inter had had a slender advantage from the first leg of their round of sixteen tie against Atletico Madrid. The Nerazzurri had outplayed the Colchoneros in that first leg clash.

But in the second leg in Madrid, it was a different story.

The Spanish team overwhelmed Inter in front of their fans.

Atletico deservedly forced the tie to extra time and then a penalty shootout. And from there, Inter lacked the confidence and composure to salvage the tie.

Darmian: Inter Must “Make The Fans Proud” After Champions League Disappointment

Inter’s fans showed their pride in the team even in spite of the disappointment and heartbreak of Wednesday in the Spanish capital.

Darmian was emotional in response to the big welcome from the Nerazzurri faithful.

“It’s great to get welcomed like this,” the former Manchester United defender said.

“When we take to the pitch, we try to give everything to make ourselves and the fans proud.”

“Tonight, we’ll do so yet again,” Darmian added.

“And try to forget about what happened on Wednesday.”

The 34-year-old concluded by saying that “We have to keep going on the path we’re on.”