UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Hakan Çalhanoğlu on facing Liverpool, “I’ve been looking ahead to this match.”

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Here are Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s declarations during the press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, First Leg, on Wednesday 16 February 2022 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy at 21:00.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s statements via inter. it

You played very well against Real Madrid twice in the group stage, but didn’t get a positive result either time. What’s the mistake that you need to ensure you don’t repeat over two legs against Liverpool?
“I agree, we did play really well against Real Madrid. We were able to play our game and create plenty of chances, but we didn’t score goals. We have to create and find the net tomorrow. We must push until the end because it’ll be a very intense game against Liverpool.”

Is there a secret behind the fact that you’ve been scoring more goals and providing more assists this season than in previous ones?
“I think the secret is my heart and mentality. I’ve joined a team with a winning mentality, which is why I came here. I thank my team-mates, as they’ve really helped me out. I play in a different position under the boss and I really like it because I get more of the ball, then the rest has to come from me, my quality and my team-mates.”

You’ve been particularly consistent this year. What’s changed for you on a personal level?
“I’ve improved thanks to the boss and his coaching staff. They’re here every day to help the players improve. I feel that and I give my all on the pitch.”

You know your former AC Milan team-mates better than anyone else. Do you think they’ll be supporting you tomorrow and hoping Inter go as far as possible in the Champions League or will they be cheering on Liverpool?
“I have plenty of friends there, but I don’t think they’ll be supporting us tomorrow. I’m not interested in that because I’m just focused on doing my job. We’re focused on ourselves. We have to fight tomorrow and be as prepared as possible for the game.”

When you signed for Inter, did you expect to be in contention on all fronts at this stage of the season?
“I’m very pleased. In six months, I’ve won a trophy that had eluded me. I also want to win the Coppa Italia, but the Champions League is always a dream. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. We have to be united and show what we can do on the pitch. If we can play our game tomorrow, I think we’ll do well.”

How excited are you to play in such an important game tomorrow and go for the target of guiding Inter into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 11 years?
“I’ve already lost in the last 16 against Atletico Madrid on penalties, so I hope to win tomorrow. We want to get through to the next round because these games are so important for us as players.”

Liverpool have a very dynamic midfield. How do you plan to tackle that difficulty?
“They’re dynamic in the middle of the park and we know that. We’ll take to the pitch tomorrow to show our character. I’m ready because I’ve been looking ahead to this match. We’re up against a very good side, which will allow us to show our personality and how we play on the pitch. We’re ready.”

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Polish Referee Szymon Marciniak will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnick (POL) and Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL). The Fourth Official will be Pawel Raczkowski (POL). The VAR will be Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL) and the AVAR will be Bartosz Frankowski (POL). The Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)


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Inter – Liverpool
Wednesday 16 February 2022
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Milan, Italy


Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnick (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
VAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
AVAR: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)