After 12 years in the quarters, Inter’s goal is the semi-finals. Inter Milan have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League after 12 years. They once ruled European football. However, the Juventus did not lose to the Nerazzurri. The name that still evokes the same name for many people is Inter. Inzaghi’s team has lost its way from the title race in Serie A. They are fifth in the table with 51 points after 29 matches. But Inter is right in place. Their opponent in the top eight is the Portuguese club Benfica.
Inter Milan wants to beat the Portuguese club in the first round and advance on the way to the semis. Before the match, however, Inter is slightly behind Benfica. The Nerazzurri have come to play in the Champions League after two consecutive draws. Even Inter have won only one of the last eight matches in all competitions. However, Inzaghi understands the importance of the Champions League. So the hope of coach’s team will shine on this stage.
Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi said, ‘I believe in team success. Benfica is a tough opponent. However, we observed their games. We also know their weaknesses. I found it. Team effort on the field now to win the match.’
Inter Milan won the last Champions League title in 2010. The Nerazzurri have the happy memory of winning the championship three times in total. Before the match, there are no major problems except for some minor injuries.
Opponents Benfica have been in great form this season. The league title is almost certain for them. They have dominated the opponents in the group stage of this year’s Champions League. They came to the knockout stage as champions in their group with 14 points in 6 matches, four wins and two draws. Meanwhile, opponents like Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have been beaten by them. Club Brugge crashed out to them in the knock-out phase. Roger’s team aims to maintain that consistency against Inter.
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After 1990, Benfica reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League again. The coach of the team is worried about the injury before the match. Gonzalo Guides, Draxler, Mihailo Ristic can play. Nicolas Otamendi is banned. The two teams have met four times so far, but Inter Milan is ahead of Benfica in the statistics with three wins.