Despite witnessing his club lose to Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday evening, Inter president Steven Zhang was proud of his squad and believes that they are not inferior to any opponent.
The Nerazzurri were defeated 1-0 by Man City in Istanbul, Turkey, but for all their efforts, they were left to rue a number of missed opportunities against the English champions.
“I think the mentality and quality of our boys is of a high level,” Zhang told Sky Sport Italia, as reported by FCInternews.
“We are not inferior to anyone and everyone saw that tonight. I want to congratulate everyone at Inter, they all gave 100%. And I congratulate Man City for an excellent season.
“We are proud to have reached the final and to play against the best, also being able to show our qualities without fear, regardless of the final result.”
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Zhang addressed the issue of the average age of the Inter squad, and he intends to build a squad with the right balance of youth and experience for the future.
“It is important to remain competitive by retaining the best players,” he said.
“Today we showed that we deserve the finals and that we are really strong. From football, I learnt that a winning team needs a mix of young and experienced players. We got there, then in the finals you win and you lose, but it is always a question of balance and we try to aim for that every year.”