Sunday October 18 2015
Milito: 'Inter to beat Juventus'

Diego Milito trusts Inter can beat Juventus and take the Scudetto with Mauro Icardi “following in my footsteps.”

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“I hope that Inter win and in my view that can do it,” Milito told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

“They had a great start to the season and are fighting to win the Scudetto. I’ll be watching from home and cheering on the Nerazzurri.

“They’ve signed great players, including experienced elements and talented youngsters. Joao Miranda and Jeison Murillo are so good in defence.”

Icardi is continuing the tradition of Argentine strikers at Inter and has even been made captain.

“Mauro did very well last season, he’s young, but can be a reference point for the present and future. He is a very strong forward and has the potential to do even better.

“I hope he can follow in my footsteps. Inter are a great club with an important history and I hope they’ll soon get back to lifting trophies, thanks also to Mauro’s goals.

“The games against Juventus and Milan are special for Inter players and fans. I’ve scored in both those fixtures and I hope Mauro can continue his positive streak against Juve.”

Inter haven’t beaten Juventus home or away since 2010, when Milito bagged a brace.

“That was a fantastic win, an unforgettable moment for many reasons. First of all nobody had yet won at the Juventus Stadium and then it allowed us to go within a point of first place.

“I didn’t expect to see Juve so far behind this season, but they still have a great squad. After last year, when they almost won the Treble, it was inevitable changes had to be made, but if you lose Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo simultaneously…

“Inter-Juve will be tough for both sides, but I am convinced Inter will put in a great performance and, after winning the Derby della Madonnina, can win the Derby d’Italia too.”

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