The return of Joao Mario to Milan, presented by the duel between Benfica and Inter in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, was highlighted by the Italian sports press, which recalled the Nerazzurri’s departure to the red team, in the summer of 2021 after the expiration of the contract. And there were also those who, recalling the 30-year-old’s moment of brilliance, took the opportunity to ask the midfielder to be nice to Inter.
“João, our friend, remember that always always always always always always always always always wanted you well. Put your hand on your conscience,” writes journalist Fabrizio Piacin on his Twitter account, who has a 45 percent chance of qualifying for the Nerazzurri and embodies the remaining 55. networks in Italy.
More seriously, Valter Zenga, the former Inter goalkeeper and Italian international, said he didn’t like the draw. “Benfica is one of the teams that have played better up until this point. This is a tough draw for the Nerazzurri. I would have preferred to play against Chelsea, because they are a much lower team than Benfica. The Portuguese do not have many stars, but they play well as a team, and this is more complicated. It’s a tough team. Zenga argued that Inter needed to play 180 minutes at the highest level, with 1,000 hours, otherwise they would not pass the draw.