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Tue 12 Feb 2008 07:34 AM

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Inter Milan wary despite Liverpool's troubles

Inter Milan technical manager Marco Branca admitted his team would have to be wary of Liverpool.

Inter Milan technical manager Marco Branca admitted his team would have to be wary of Liverpool when the two teams clash in the Champions League later this month, despite the English side's recent troubles.

Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss on Monday, Branca said the sky is the limit for the all-conquering Serie A leaders as he set his sights on a clean sweep of trophies this season.

"We don't place limits on ourselves," he said. "Even if the Champions League is a difficult competition to win, and which mirrors life in that you need a little bit of luck to succeed."

In the second round of the Champions League Inter face a team that have reached two of the last three finals, winning the title in 2005 before losing to AC Milan last May, and that despite never looking likely to win their own domestic title.

This season has been something of a disaster for Liverpool who are 16 points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League despite making a promising start to their campaign.

"Objectively they seem to be struggling," said Branca. "But you have to take into consideration the historical passion of the club, their fans, the English spirit which came to the fore, for example, in the final against Milan."

"We'll have to be at 110 percent in the match."

Three years ago Liverpool trailed 3-0 at half-time to AC Milan but they forced extra-time and penalties after a storming second-half comeback before lifting the title following the spot-kicks.

The first leg is at Anfield on February 19 with the second leg at the San Siro on March 11.

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