Giorgio Chiellini believes Inter “have an advantage” in their eagerly anticipated Champions League semi-final showdown with rivals Milan.
The Serie A giants face off in what promises to be a mouth-watering two-legged tie next month, with the winners playing either Manchester City or reigning champions Real Madrid in the final.
Juventus reached two Champions League finals during Chiellini’s trophy-laden 18-year stint with the club, with the defender playing in a 2017 defeat to Real Madrid after missing 2015’s loss to Barcelona through injury.
Ahead of the huge tie, Italy’s Euro 2020-winning captain is backing three-time winners Inter to prevail.
“The Milan derby will be a balanced semi-final, but if I have to bet €1, I’ll put it on Inter,” he told Discod.
“I think the Nerazzurri have an advantage because I see them stronger in this type of match.”
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The 38-year-old – now plying his trade with MLS franchise Los Angeles FC – also had his say on the other semi-final between Madrid and City, who are seeking their first continental triumph under Pep Guardiola.
“My prediction for this year’s final is Inter-Manchester City,” Chiellini added. “Here too, we are on a razor’s edge because the other semi-finalist, Real Madrid, are also very strong.
“But I think that eventually Manchester City will have to reach the final sooner or later, so I would bet another €1 on the Inter-Manchester City final.”
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