Scaroni believes Milan derby in Champions League would be a ‘global media event’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan, Inter and Napoli are all in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and now the talk ahead of tomorrow’s draw has turned to a possible all-Italian meeting, or even a derby.

It is the first time since the 2005-06 season that there have been three teams from Serie A in the final eight of the competition which means the chances of having one in the semi-final are also pretty high, something which is a positive trend for the league.

Now there is talk of a potential meeting between Milan and Inter as happened in the 2002-03 season which led the Rossoneri to the final in Manchester against Juventus, as well as the 2004-05 season where Milan again won on aggregate.

Paolo Scaroni – the president of Milan – spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the possibility of the Derby della Madonnina being played in Europe’s biggest club competition again.

“Undoubtedly a EuroDerby would be a global media event. It would mean a lot for Milan, the only European city to have two teams at this level in the Champions League: a figure which also confirms the urgent need to equip the two clubs with a new stadium, in order to continue competing at an international level,” he said.

“I would like all three Italian teams to be able to compete for the chance to reach the semi-finals. This would represent a great success for football Italian and an impulse to relaunch.

“The eight teams still in contention currently represent the best of European football. However the draw goes, we will be ready to face a difficult but exciting challenge.”

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  1. I’m definitely hoping for a matchup against Inter in the quarterfinals and then Napoli in the semis. I think that’ll be our best chance of making the finals.

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