Inter Can Be The New Barcelona – Lucio

The Brazilian defender has gone on the attack, insisting that Jose Mourinho's men can be as good as Barcelona...
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