Tuesday July 24 2018
Ranocchia: ‘Inter deserve CL’

Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia says his side deserve to be back in the Champions League as they prepare to face Sheffield United.

Luciano Spalletti's team secured their long-awaited return to European football's elite with a dramatic win over Lazio on the final day of last season.

The Nerazzurri begin their pre-season campaign with a match at Brammall Lane this evening.

And the former Hull City defender says the match will against the English Championship side will be a good test for his side.

“We are a big family. In our team we have a very international atmosphere, and that’s how it’s been since the club was founded 110 years ago,” Ranocchia told The Star.

“Personally, I’m very happy to get back into the Champions League, where a club like Inter deserves to be.

“As with every pre-season we have trained hard, so we won’t be at 100 per cent.

“But the match is an opportunity to play competitive football, but also to experiment with new tactics and prepare to play on three fronts.

“Englandis the home of football and it’s great to be back after my experience at Hull City.”