MADRID – The tension is building in Madrid and for Massimo Moratti tomorrow is "the most important day emotionally."
Speaking to journalists during Friday afternoon’s open training session in the Spanish capital, the Inter president compared this year’s Champions League final with the atmosphere that accompanied the Great Inter’s back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1964 and 1965.
"There’s the same happiness of participating in a beautiful event in this wonderful place," he said. "Objectively speaking, the two strongest teams have reached the final. Both have knocked out important teams, Inter in particular."
Before Inter’s pre-match workout at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Moratti shook hands with José Mourinho and gave his coach a pat on the back. "It certainly wasn’t a goodbye," said the Inter president. "He always replies with the same professionalism and I am sure he will do well tomorrow."
When asked if Mourinho has already signed for Real Madrid, the Inter patron replied: "No, I really don’t think so."
Moratti is confident in his team’s chances and is hoping the star of the night is captain Javier Zanetti on his 700th appearance for Inter. "He deserves to be the protagonist of the final, for his professionalism and consistency."
With little over twenty-fours to go until kick-off at the Bernabeu, Moratti revealed: "I dreamt we would win in Siena and we did. I haven’t dreamed anything else yet."