Inter vs Real Madrid | Match Info & Preview


Inter vs Real Madrid

Match Info
MATCH :
Inter vs Real Madrid
DATE:
16-09-2021
TIME :
12:30 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
COMPETITION:
Champions League
STADIUM:
 Giuseppe meazza
Team Lineup

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Match preview

Since their triumphant 2009-10 Champions League campaign with José Mourinho, Inter have only progressed from the group stage twice, qualifying for the competition only five times.
The Nerazzurri had previously gone through a difficult period in the 2010s with new owners and a plethora of managers at the helm, although stability and progress have been clearly noted in recent seasons and the club now hopes to reach the heights they reached for 10 years. behind.
After winning their first Scudetto in more than a decade last season, Inter have started their title defense with impressive 4-0 and 3-1 victories against Genoa and Hellas Verona respectively, before playing an entertaining 2-2 draw. at Sampdoria last weekend.
Simone Inzaghi's team led twice, with first-half goals from Federico Dimarco and Lautaro Martínez, although the hosts matched them twice to ensure the spoils were shared at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.
Inter are now turning their attention to Europe's elite club competition with an opening match against the team that will likely be their toughest opponent in the form of Real Madrid, a club they have in fact beaten in four of their six competitive matches at home.
Despite this impressive home record, the Nerazzurri have in fact lost four of their last five games against Los Blancos in a European competition, and will likely face a challenging night on Wednesday.
However, claiming points midweek would be highly beneficial to Inter's quest to reach the knockout stages and potentially qualify as group winners.
Seeking their fourteenth Champions League crown and their first since 2017-18, Real Madrid remain a tournament favorite, although the competition around them has improved a lot and the success of this campaign could prove challenging.
Under former boss Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos finished at the top of their group last season, ahead of Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk, before beating Atalanta and Liverpool in the round of 16. Real were eventually sent packing by eventual champion Chelsea, losing 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinals.
The Whites head into the opening clash of the group stage on Wednesday after a 5-2 La Liga win against Celta de Vigo, which was the first match played at the Santiago Bernabéu in more than 18 months.
Around 25,000 fans were valued for money as they watched talisman Karim Benzema score a hat-trick, while Vinicius Junior and summer signing Eduardo Camavinga were also on the score sheet.
Real, who have now risen to the top of La Liga with 10 points in their first four matches, have an impressive record against an Italian rival, winning 12 of their last 13 Champions League matches, including the previous two against him. Inter last season.
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who won the Champions League with Los Blancos in 2013-14, has the highest winning percentage (76%) of any coach in a single club in the history of the competition who has achieved at least 20 games.
The Italian will return to familiar territory on Wednesday night, with great expectations from the board and the fans, as they aim to kick off their campaign with the three points.

Team News

Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni is a doubt for Wednesday’s game with a thigh injury, which he suffered as an international for Italy earlier this month.
Therefore, Dimarco is ready to start again in the last three alongside Stefan De Vrij and Milan Skriniar, and Matteo Darmian and Ivan Perisic are expected to remain in their roles as full-backs.
Inzaghi is unlikely to make too many changes to the starting lineup he played against Sampdoria, so the trio of central midfielders Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, and Hakan Calhanoglu are set to keep their places at the wing.
Experienced forward Edin Dzeko is expected to lead the line in attack alongside Argentine international Martinez, although compatriot Joaquín Correa will also be looking for a place in the first eleven.
As for Real Madrid, Ancelotti could be left without up to seven first-team players by midweek, including Gareth Bale, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, and Luka Jovic, who missed Sunday’s win against Celta de Vigo.
Bale (hamstring), Alaba (muscular overload), Kroos (groin), and Jovic (gastroenteritis) will be evaluated before the start of the match, although it is unlikely that all four will appear in Italy.
Left-back Ferland Mendy and midfielder Dani Ceballos, who have yet to play for Los Blancos so far this season, are two players who are not available for the national team, as the pair are suffering their respective leg injuries and ankle.
Ancelotti will also not have the experienced left-back Marcelo, who suffered a muscle injury in training on Monday, so Miguel Gutiérrez, 20, will start for the third game in a row.
Benzema, who only needs one more goal to get ahead of club legend Raúl and rank fourth on the list of all-time goalscorers in Champions League history, is expected to lead the line in attack and could join. once again to the ends Eden Hazard. and Vinicius Junior.

⭕ Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Dimarco; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Martinez, Dzeko

⭕ Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Gutierrez; Valverde, Casemiro, Modric; Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
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