Moratti quietly confident
Massimo Moratti is quietly confident his side can progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 25/02/09 11:10pm
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is quietly confident his side can progress into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
The Nerazzurri chief's comments came despite watching his side draw 0-0 at home against last 16 opponents Manchester United on Tuesday.
The holders dominated proceedings at the San Siro especially in the opening 45 minutes and came away disappointed that they had not secured an away goal.
But with the scores still level Jose Mourinho's side just need a score draw to progress and Moratti believes his side can get that all-important away goal at Old Trafford.
"I'm quietly confident. I think in the Champions League it's really important not conceding goals in the home games," he said.
"So it's really important being able to score away. We saw the team's strength in the second-half, there has been a real change in their attitude."
The president was also full of praise for young defender Davide Santon, who has recently just turned 18.
The youngster found himself up against World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo on what was his Champions League debut and did his growing reputation no harm at all.
"He's 18-year-old and he faced the greatest player in the world so they say," he added.
"He played with the professionalism, the tranquillity, the attention and the class of a big champion. Should he remain in this way, he will grow a lot and he will be fantastic."
Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso agreed with Moratti and went on to say that the stalemate was in fact a positive result for the Italian champions.
"It would have been a little advantage scoring today, but we can also score at Old Trafford," he told Sky Italia.
"They are good in keeping the ball and we knew they are good in sudden counter-attacks.
"In the first-half we had a few little problems, but in the second-half we did better. I think it will be a match that will be played on the same level also in Manchester.
"We played against the World Champions, we respected them and they respected us. It means we are at their level."