Friday March 18 2011
Moratti: Real? No thanks!

Inter President Massimo Moratti is hoping to avoid Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The draw for the last eight of the competition takes place later this morning and there is a possibility that Inter could get Real, now bossed by Jose Mourinho.

"Real Madrid in the next round? No, I hope we get drawn against a different side," the Nerazzurri chief noted.

"I don't know who I'd like to play, but it is necessary to always have an opponent in front of you who motivates you.

"Saying that, it'd be nice to come up against a team that will allow you to relax a little. There aren't many of those around though so we'll just have to see who we get."

Moratti's comments come just a day after Mourinho, who led Inter to Euro glory last term, also maintained that he didn't fancy an Inter reunion at this stage of the competition.

"I wouldn't like to face Inter now," the Portuguese maestro said. "It would be too difficult for me. I would prefer to find Inter in front of me again at Wembley [in the Final].

"An important team awaits us. But for a question of emotions, I would not like to face Inter or Chelsea.

"But if it were to happen, obviously we would do it. Even if I would prefer it not to happen against these two teams," he concluded.

Inter could be paired with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk.

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