Simone Inzaghi has brushed aside fears over facing a spirited Pep Guardiola and Manchester City side ahead of their Champions League final match on Saturday.
The Italian coach confidently stated on Monday that his team conceals no fear of facing Manchester City despite the English side’s formidable reputation as a treble-seeking powerhouse.
City are seen as favorites having reached their second Champions League final in three years and following a dominant performance against Real Madrid in the semifinals, as well as clinching both the Premier League and FA Cup. against local neighbours, Manchester United.
“We’re talking about a football match, there’s no fear,” Inzaghi told reporters.
“We have a lot of respect but we’re proud to play this final because we wanted it with every fibre of our being.”
Inter will be looking to prevent a potent City attack led by star striker Erling Haaland who has netted 12 times in Europe this season and will top the competition’s scoring charts whatever happens in Turkey.
However, Inter Milan defender, Alessandro Bastoni has also expressed his unconcerns about the prospect of locking horns with the powerful Norwegian striker.
“You are scared of murderers, not football players. It would be a mistake to talk about fear,” he said.
“It’s not Haaland versus Inter it’s Manchester City versus Inter”.
“There’s no fear, just the right level of tension. More than anything there is happiness… I can’t wait to get out on the pitch.”
With Romelu Lukaku or Edin Dzeko on the field, Inzaghi said he hasn’t made up his mind about who will play with Lautaro Martinez in Inter’s attack.
“I haven’t decided in attack, in midfield or in defence because right now, as in last two months or so, I have the possibility of choosing. That’s the best thing as a coach,” he said.
“We still have four training sessions before Istanbul… if there’s one thing I’ve learned coaches have doubts right up to the final minute”.