amasan1 at 15-09-2021 08:30 AM (20 mins ago)
Date: Wednesday 15th September, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium Giuseppe Meazza
Referee Daniel Siebert (Germany)
Inter Milan do not have any pressing issues with regard to the roster, although midfielder Stefano Sensi is set to miss out after picking up a knee injury last time out. Alessandro Bastoni, who has recently been linked with Chelsea, has recovered from a thigh problem but might not be rushed back into action ahead of a busy period for the Italian champions.
Simone Inzaghi will set his team up in the usual 3-5-2 formation with goalkeeper and captain Samir Handanovic lining up between the sticks. Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij are both permanent fixtures in the three-man defensive unit but with Bastoni a doubt, Federico Dimarco could find himself starting another game as the left-sided centre-half.
Matteo Darmian ought to keep his spot at right wing-back ahead of summer signing Denzel Dumfries while Ivan Perisic continues on the left, from where the duo will look to push forward and supply crosses for the strikers to attack. Marcelo Brozovic, meanwhile, will hold the fort in the middle of the park and try to keep his team on the front foot.
Nicolo Barella and Hakan Calhanoglu will flank the Croatian from where they will be tasked with providing the forward thrust and creative essence for the hosts. Summer signing Edin Dzeko will operate as the target man, with Lautaro Martinez playing off of him and trying to get the better of the Real Madrid defence with his movement. Joaquin Correa will be an option from the bench.
Probable Lineup (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Dimarco; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Dzeko, Martinez
There are a couple of fresh injury concerns for Real Madrid as both Marcelo and Ferland Mendy picking up muscle problems ruling them out of the contest. However, David Alaba and Luka Jovic are back in the squad for the contest, although Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos remain unavailable.
Carlo Ancelotti should stick with his preferred 4-3-3 formation on his return to Italy, with Thibaut Courtois the undisputed starter between the sticks. Eder Militao and Nacho are the primary options at the heart of the defence for Los Blancos while Dani Carvajal and the returning Alaba take up the full-back slots on the right and left sides, respectively.
Casemiro is a certain starter at the base of the Real Madrid midfield. He will be key to curbing the influence of someone like Barella on the night. The Brazilian will be supported by the industrious Federico Valverde while Luka Modric ought to be the creative presence in the centre of the park. New signing Eduardo Camavinga, who scored on his debut last weekend, will again be an option from the bench.
Moving further up, the Real Madrid frontline pretty much picks itself on current form with Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Vinicius Junior the preferred starters while Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio provide options from the bench.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Alaba; Modric, Casemiro, Valverde; Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius
This is the second consecutive UEFA Champions League campaign in which Inter Milan and Real Madrid have been drawn in the same group. The Spanish heavyweights won home and away last season against Inter, with an aggregate scoreline of 5-2.
Inter Milan have lost four of their last five games against Real Madrid in European competition (W1), as many as they had suffered in their first 12 meetings against the Merengues.
Real Madrid have only won one of their previous eight away games against Inter Milan in European competition (D2 L5).
Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi has faced Carlo Ancelotti on two previous occasions in his managerial career and has lost 2-1 each time.
This is set to be Karim Benzema’s 17th consecutive season featuring in the UEFA Champions League. The Frenchman needs one more goal to go past Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez as the fourth-highest goalscorer in the competition, with both currently tied on 71.
Prediction: Inter Milan 1-2 Real Madrid
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