Watch: Maldini says Euroderby emotions are ‘only matched’ by a Champions League final

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan and Inter will square off in the first leg of the Euroderby this Wednesday and the Rossoneri will be the home side. With tension now rising, Paolo Maldini has shared his thoughts on the game. 

The current Milan director obviously played for the club when there last was a EuroDerby in the Champions League semi-final. It took place in 2003 and the Rossoneri prevailed on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw.

Speaking to the club’s official Instagram (see below), Maldini shared his thoughts on the special game.

On the derby…

“The derby and other games like Milan-Juventus and Milan-Napoli would give you a different emotional charge. This emotional charge, especially in the early years, probably limited me a bit. Once I got used to that kind of stress, it became one of the games I looked forward to the most.

On the 2003 EuroDerby…

“Incidentally, it took place over six days so we played Wednesday and Tuesday. So it was six days of huge intensity. There was a kind of electricity, not only around the two teams but also all over the city.

“So that feeling of fear that is part of the world of sport, and those feelings of excitement, I think they are only matched by Champions League finals.”


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