Massimo Moratti "very proud" of Inter Milan

Inter president Massimo Moratti in the stands on March 13, 2012
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Massimo Moratti says that Inter Milan's youngsters came of age against Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro last night.

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has spoken of his pride following last night's Europa League exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Nerazzurri found themselves trailing 3-0 from last week's drubbing at White Hart Lane, but managed to take the tie to extra time thanks to strikes from Antonio Cassano, Rodrigo Palacio and an own goal by William Gallas.

Emmanuel Adebayor put the North Londoners back in control, and Ricky Alvarez's goal was not enough to stop the Serie A outfit bowing out of the competition on the away-goals rule.

Moratti said that he would have been more disappointed with the outcome had it been in the Champions League.

"The players did what the media did not want to predict, which was bring out all their pride," Moratti told Inter Channel. "We are all very proud of this team and I can only compliment them on their efforts.

"We still went out, but if it had been the Champions League then I would've been much more disappointed with that.

"Tonight we realised that we can count on certain young players and others that are not so young, those who have character and pride. This mix is what must be maintained."

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place in Nyon, Switzerland later today.

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