Sneijder targets dream Euro final

Sneijder targets dream Euro final

Published Feb. 24, 2010 1:00 p.m. ET

Wesley Sneijder is hoping to guide Inter Milan to Champions League glory - and has former employers Real Madrid in his sights.

The reigning Serie A champions have been paired against Premier League table-toppers Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg of an intriguing contest set to take place at Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday.

Dutch midfielder Sneijder accepts that the Blues will provide a stern test of Inter's credentials, but is confident the Italian giants can prevail.

He also feels Jose Mourinho's side are capable of making it all the way to the final, where he hopes they will come up against Real Madrid - the side who offloaded him last summer.

"I left Real Madrid to win titles with Inter and I dream of a Champions League final date with Real in the Bernabeu," Sneijder told

"For that to happen we have to eliminate Chelsea and remain in the competition. I am confident we can do that.

"This round will be very tough and will require a lot of effort and determination. To advance we will have to pass a difficult test.

"The key to the game will be in midfield. The team that is able to dominate possession will make the quarter-finals."

He added: "It is vital Inter win in the San Siro and that we make the stadium a fortress. Our fans understand this and will do all they can to help us to victory.

"The important thing is to win and take an advantage to Stamford Bridge, forcing Chelsea to change their tactics.

"If we are able to keep a clean sheet that would be helpfully, but it is not essential as we have the attacking firepower to score goals in London."

Sneijder is convinced Inter can match Chelsea in every area of the field and insists they have nothing to fear from Carlo Ancelotti's men.

"The battle in midfield will be terrific because there will be people like (Frank) Lampard, (Michael) Ballack and Deco who are very experienced in these situations," he said.

"We need to make sure we avoid making any mistakes and try to create as many opportunities as possible.

"I am certain that, man for man, Inter are not inferior to Chelsea and over the course of 180 minutes it is possible for us to secure a passage into the next round."