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Milan derby ´bigger´ than Champions League final: Moratti

in Serie A 28 Apr 2008

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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti claimed on Monday that Sunday's Milan derby will be bigger than the Champions League final.

Inter can win the Serie A crown with victory in the match while AC Milan are desperate for the three points as they chase fourth spot and a place in next season's Champions League.

“In a way it's worth more than a Champions League final because this match is vital for both teams to achieve their objectives,” said Moratti.

“All derbies are great matches and each one has it's own importance because there is an issue of revenge from the previous one or because the fans care more about it.

“But this one has a special significance and it's difficult to find a similar match in history.”

Moratti denied, though, that he would get extra satisfaction from sealing the title during the Milan derby rather than in one of Inter's other two remaining games.

“You can't say you'd prefer to win it in one match or another,” he added. “We just have to try to win it and whatever happens, will happen.

“It's clear that we'll give it everything when we play, whether in the derby or in the next matches.”

Milan probably have more to lose as they trail Fiorentina by two points in the race for fourth place and a defeat could leave them five points behind with only two matches to play.

Inter, however, have all but already sewn up the championship, needing just three points from their final three matches, or for AS Roma to drop three points from their final three.

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