Marchisio talks Scudetto race, Coppa Italia final and Tonali’s potential

Claudio Marchisio in a suit

Claudio Marchisio discussed the Serie A title race, the Coppa Italia final and Giorgio Chiellini’s retirement.

Inter failed to take advantage of their game in hand against Bologna yesterday, suffering a painful 2-1 loss in the dying minutes of the match. This allowed Milan to stay two points ahead, giving them the upper hand in the title race with only four games left.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Il Foglio event at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Marchisio first discussed the title race this season.

“I didn’t expect such a hard-fought season. We always complain that the Scudetti are always won easily, while this year we can enjoy it like this.”

He gave his thoughts on the Champions League and which team are favourites now.

“I think Liverpool are the favourites, they have the most complete defensive and offensive mentality. City have to eat their hands, they could have closed it out with Real, I think Ancelotti’s team can do it in the return leg.”

The 36-year-old Italian looked ahead to the upcoming Coppa Italia final between Inter and Juventus.

“The fact that we got to play for a trophy is important, it did it again and hopefully it can be another trophy to put in the trophy cabinet and then think about the next one. There have been too many ups and downs, with a more regular path they could have aimed for the Scudetto.”

He touched on Chiellini’s decision to retire.

“I can only say thank you to Giorgio, also for what he will leave to Italian football. I’m sorry, but these are choices that come at a certain time.”

The former Juventus midfielder commented on if he dreams of working for the club one day.

“I was born a Juventus player, grew up and won with Juve. If there are opportunities I will evaluate them, at the moment I am happy with this path.”

Finally, Marchisio gave his thoughts on Sandro Tonali and whether he can be a leader for both Milan and the Italian national team.

“Whether he will be Milan’s present and future depends on himself and the club. He is showing, after his first year at Milan, that he has grown a lot, not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of character.

“He will be important for the national team and we will see his growth, hoping to see more and more young Italians on the field.”

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