Recent Inter signing Lucio is confident ahead of the new season, despite the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 defeat in the Supercoppa Italiana by Lazio. The centre-back has dismissed Real Madrid's chances in the Champions League, and he has compared his side to treble winners Barcelona.
"With Bayer Leverkusen in 2002, I was one step away from winning [the Champions League]," Lucio told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We were a strong side, with [Michael] Ballack and Ze Roberto. We lost in the final against Real by a piece of magic from [Zinedine] Zidane. To win the Champions League you need a compact team and champions' blows, like ‘Zizou's’ goal in that final - I can't forget it.
"Take Barcelona. They didn't win because they had [Lionel] Messi, but because they had Messi, [Samuel] Eto'o, [Thierry] Henry, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol..."
When the 31-year-old was asked whether the Beneamata can match Barcelona, the Brazilian was adamant that it is possible, before playing down Real Madrid's chances.
"Inter have champions and proper men - Julio Cesar, Maicon, [Esteban] Cambiasso, [Javier] Zanetti, Eto'o, [Diego] Milito... should I go on?" he said, before talking of los Merengues. "Well, as I said, a Champions League squad is not built made by putting together 11 champions, but by building a winning team."
Having won Serie A last season, Inter will go straight into the group stages of Europe’s premier club competition.
Anthony Wright, Goal.com