Friday, 25 May 2007

Moratti praises ‘lucky’ Milan

Inter President Massimo Moratti has congratulated Milan for their Champions League success – even if he insists Liverpool were the better side on the night.

"I saw the match and I want to compliment Milan for their win," said Moratti, whose Nerazzurri side lifted Lo Scudetto this season. "However, I must admit that Liverpool played better in the match itself and the Rossoneri were a bit lucky…

"But they also showed the determination needed in such an important match, which then ended as they had planned."

There has been some tension between the two city rivals recently after Inter boss Roberto Mancini insisted that winning Serie A was more difficult than lifting the European Cup.

And relations were tested again last night when a banner insulting Inter’s title success briefly appeared on the Rossoneri’s open-top bus as it made its way through the streets of the city.
The banner, which was given by the Milan fans, read: "Stick the Scudetto (Serie A title) up your arse".

Moratti said: "I have nothing to really say about the incident. These things are just part of the game."

However, some members of the Inter management are understood to have taken offence at the antics.

Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has apologised though. "As soon as I was told about it I immediately had it removed," he noted.

Inter have confirmed they have recieved an official apology from Milan for the vulgar banner. Moratti told Inter's official website: "I have already received an apology from Milan. And it ends there. But there's no doubt that the players will remember it."

Meanwhile, the city of Milan promises to be the party capital of Italy over this weekend. The San Siro will host Milan’s Champions League celebrations later this evening and then Inter’s Scudetto feast on Sunday.

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