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Former World Cup-winning Italy Coach Marcello Lippi believes that Inter, Roma and Milan can all progress to the next round of the Champions League.
The three Italian teams have all been handed monster ties with Inter facing Liverpool, Roma up against Real Madrid, and holders Milan clashing with Arsenal.
"We are talking about three finals so it is impossible to make predictions,â€ Lippi told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
â€œBut if all six teams play at 150%, then all three Italian teams will go through, although Roma are at slightly more risk.â€
Liverpool vs Inter Milan
Lippi started by talking about the tie between Liverpool and Inter.
"Whether Fernando Torres plays is important,â€ said the 59-year-old in reference to the Liverpool star's recent injury.
â€œThe Spaniard moves with balance and is deadly.
â€œ[For Inter] Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Esteban Cambiasso are their star. The Champions League is the road towards the Golden Ball and other prizes. He has learned how to score goals with continuity.â€
Arsenal vs AC Milan
Lippi then offered his opinion on the tie of the round between Arsenal and AC Milan.
"Soon Pato will return,â€ he said when asked if the loss of Ronaldo will be significant.
â€œThe boy is a little phenomenon. Ancelotti will do everything possible to recover him. Pato can be useful as a substitute.
"You might think that the youngsters of Arsenal will just brush aside the Rossoneri. Wrong. Milan will be in London with the champions of Europe and the World. "I do have a weakness for Emmanuel Adebayor though.â€
Real Madrid vs AS Roma
Finally Lippi spoke about the tie between Roma and Real Madrid.
"For one month Totti and his team-mates have been thinking only of Real,â€ said the coach when trying to explain Roma's recent poor form in Serie A.
â€œThey have the potential to go through. Playing at home first is not an advantage. At Rome a 0-0 would suffice. The important thing is not to conceded any goals. And at the Bernabeu anything can happen.â€
When this guy speaks every one should listen, b'coz its facts & all of his predicions are usually correct .