Saturday December 24 2011
Inter 'need Champions League'

Inter general manager Ernesto Paolillo admits the club must qualify for the Champions League “or we’d have to further reduce our budget.”

The Nerazzurri have had a tough start to the campaign and have climbed back up to fifth place, but next year only three Serie A representatives will enter Europe’s top competition.

“When UEFA’s new financial fair play regulations come in, we will all sooner or later have to knock down our expenses,” Paolillo told Tuttosport.

“Do not expect any big January buys, as we will only do what is necessary to fill the gaps. There is less money around and the rules wanted by Michel Platini force a more careful gestation of resources.

“Qualifying for the Champions League is fundamental, as without third place we’d have to further reduce our budget.

“I’d give the team 6.5 out of 10 for this season. It wasn’t a great start, but we did well to get back on our feet.”

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