PORTO, PORTUGAL - MARCH 14:  Matteo Darmian of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 leg two match between FC Porto and FC Internazionale at Estadio do Dragao on March 14, 2023 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)



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Mar 14th 2023

Post-match thoughts from the Italian and Armenian


Inter drew 0-0 away to Porto to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in twelve years. Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both spoke after the match at the Estádio do Dragão.

“It was a tough evening, but we’re delighted. We knew we’d be up against a strong side and that it’d be difficult. We put absolutely everything into it and managed to achieve an important result for ourselves, the Club and our fans. It wasn’t easy and full focus was required throughout, but this really is a crucial result. It repays all of our efforts in the Champions League so far. We know we’ve dropped too many points in the league; we’ve lacked consistency, especially against some of the smaller sides recently. Tonight, however, should give us a boost going forward. We’ll celebrate today but, from tomorrow, we’ll be fully focused on Sunday because it’s another important game. Preferences for the quarter-finals? All the teams left in the competition are strong and difficult to face. I’d like to wish Napoli good luck tomorrow because it’d be great to have three Italian sides among the top eight in Europe. ”

Matteo Darmian

“We knew that it was going to be a very tough game. We came here to fight, and I’d like to congratulate my teammates. They dug in until the last second, and we got our reward. We always try to be as compact as this, but sometimes an unexpected result arrives. We need to learn how to play in this manner in matches that aren’t of the same standard. We hope that this win will give us confidence going into our upcoming games. You can always dream; we want to do our best, and being among the best eight in Europe is a great opportunity and something that hadn’t been achieved since 2011. However, we mustn’t forget that focus is required. Two very difficult matches await, but we’ll do our best to go even further.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan


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