Podolski would bet 'all his money' on Inter finishing third

The forward joined the club on a loan deal until the end of the season at the beginning of January and has already seen enough to be sure of where they will finish in May

Lukas Podolski says he would bet all his money on Inter finishing in third place in Serie A and qualifying for the Champions League.

Inter conquered Europe under Jose Mourinho in 2010 but finished in fifth spot last season, which saw them fail to reach the competition this term.

But with Roberto Mancini now in charge after succeeding Walter Mazzarri in November, Podolski – who is on a six-month loan deal at San Siro from Arsenal – is convinced they will make amends between now and May.

“I’d bet everything I have on Inter finishing third,” he said to La Stampa. “I knew when I decided to join the club that there were a few difficulties but we are improving.”

Podolski has already made four appearances for his new side after being restricted to a bit-part role with the Gunners, and noted the immediate differences between Italian and English football.

“I find Serie A very special,” he explained. “In two words: tactics and defensiveness. Against Sampdoria on Wednesday they decided they wouldn’t attack after we scored.

“It can often become very difficult for forwards to find space and score goals. The Premier League is more dynamic and there is a real desire to fight until the very end.”

The Germany international also denied reports that surfaced upon signing for the club that he was a childhood Juventus fan.

“I always admired Edgar Davids, Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero, but I was a Koln fan and secondly a Barcelona supporter.”

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