Inter’s Zanetti: Atletico’s character draws from Cholo, it will be special

Javier Zanetti, Inter Milan’s vice-president, has shared his thoughts on the recent Champions League draw which sees his side pitted against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16. The conversation took place in an interview with Sky Marca.

Zanetti acknowledged the strong character of Atletico, heavily influenced by their coach, Diego Simeone, popularly known as ‘Cholo’. Simeone has previously made a significant impact at Inter Milan and is seen as a friend by Zanetti.

Speaking about the upcoming clash, Zanetti said, “Facing Cholo will be special.” He was adamant that this was not just another game on the fixture list but a special encounter, given his healthy relationship with Simeone.

On the topic of favourites to win the Champions League, Zanetti noted, “Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern and Inter, are favourites.” He went on to pledge that Inter would “give everyone a hard time,” showcasing a competitive spirit ahead of the upcoming games.

This statement by Zanetti shows the confidence that he and the team carry into this stage of the competition. The vice-president subtly points out the strong position of Inter Milan while also acknowledging the might of some of the other big clubs.

This press chat serves to set the tone for an exciting run in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, with Inter Milan ready to battle with the best to grasp the coveted trophy.

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