Milito: Inter could struggle for fitness in Europa League opener

The veteran striker acknowledged that the Nerazzurri could be a little rusty in their first competitive outing of the new season, but he is confident that they will progress
Diego Milito has conceded that there is every chance that Inter could "struggle" physically in their Europa League third qualifying round clash with either Hajduk Split or Skonto.

However, while the Nerazzurri are still in the midst of their pre-season programme, the Argentine is confident that Andrea Stramaccioni's men can progress.

"They will be two very difficult games," Milito told Inter Channel. "We know both sides are a little bit ahead ahead of us in terms of preparation. On a physical level, it will be a little bit of a struggle.

"We are used to facing teams who give their all against us so, in that sense, the next few friendlies will be important so we can prepare as best we can.

"However, we have confidence in our squad, so we're looking to do well in these games. We want to go through."

As a result, Milito believes that the upcoming TIM Trophy is of even greater significance to Inter than usual.

"It is always enjoyable to play against Juventus and Milan, hopefully in a stadium with a lot of people," he mused. "As always, we are looking to do well, but we're also looking to keep an eye on our fitness levels."

Milito, who arrived at San Siro from Genoa in 2009, will be hoping to pick up where he left off last season, after netting 24 goals in 33 Serie A appearances.