Marotta: ‘Sheriff surprising, but Inter optimistic’

by | Oct 19, 2021 19:26

Inter director Beppe Marotta admits Sheriff Tiraspol’s success has been ‘more than surprising,’ but the Nerazzurri must retain optimism in the Champions League.

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This is a surprising test against Moldovan debutants Sheriff Tiraspol, who are top of the group after beating both Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid.

“Every match is decisive in the Champions League, we must try to do our best and get points. It’s a very important match, we know Sheriff are a tough side, even though their journey so far has been more than unexpected,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“We need to take all that into account and add extra motivation to get the victory.”

Inter are fresh from their first Serie A defeat of the season, fumbling a lead to lose 3-1 at Lazio.

“Sunday’s game is separate, we have to look at the progress over the last few months. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold on in the final minutes.

“Having said that, we must look forward with great optimism and not waste the good work we’ve done so far.”

Marotta was asked about the contract renegotiations with midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, whose deal expires in June 2022.

“The contracts are not a problem. Only those players who are happy to remain with us will stay at Inter. So far, Brozovic, Lautaro, Barella and others have said they want to stay. Over the next few weeks, (director of sport Piero) Ausilio and I will have the opportunity to discuss matters.”

The Sky Sport Italia reporters also asked Marotta if a January signing to strengthen the squad depends on Inter qualifying for the Champions League Round of 16.

“No, that won’t be an influence, it won’t change our strategy. Let us not forget the January transfer window doesn’t always provide good opportunities. The focus is on consolidating the current squad, which won the Scudetto last season and had a good start to this campaign.

“There aren’t always good opportunities available in January.”

epa07233842 Inter's Ceo Giuseppe Marotta (c) attends the Italian Serie A soccer match between FC Inter and Udinese Calcio at 'Giuseppe Meazza' stadium in Milan, Italy, 15 December 2018. EPA-EFE/MATTEO BAZZI

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