Tough task ahead for AEK as they draw Inter Milan

AEK could hardly have a more difficult task: It was drawn yesterday against Inter Milan in the round of 16 for the UEFA Cup. In fact, the only person happy with the draw was AEK strongman Makis Psomiadis, who’s thinking of the substantial sum in TV rights the club will fetch. The first leg will be played in Milan on February 28, 2002 and the second in Athens two weeks later. We have two months and a lot of things may change. In any case, Meazza (Stadium, Inter’s home ground) was the only one of the great stadiums of Europe I haven’t played a match in, said AEK’s Portuguese coach Fernando Santos. And, in a less jocular mood, he added, With such an opponent, my players need no extra incentive. Our goal is to score in Milan… The only certain thing is: We will not play scared. Inter officials were careful not to sound overconfident. It is a good club, said Giacinto Facchetti, one of the club’s directors and among the all-time best Italian players. Greek soccer is at a very high level and we must keep respecting (AEK) if we don’t want any surprises.

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