After suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of eternal rivals AC Milan in Madonnina derbyInter will be looking to fix things when they face Bayern Munich in the opening match of the UEFA Champions League. The Nerazzurri It was planned alongside German giants Barcelona of Spain and champion of the Czech Republic Viktoria Plzen.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi believes it is a great opportunity to improve their performance and also highlight a slew of other topics, including the pressures of dealing with Sadio Mane and Bayern’s prowess, in his pre-match press conference (via FCInterNews).
“It will be very important to have fans in the stadium. Tomorrow they will be of great help, we know the opponent we meet and what strengths they have. The group is very competitive. Tomorrow should be an opportunity after the disappointment in the derby.”
Inzaghi also spoke about how facing the Champions League could indeed be a turning point for Inter.
“Defeats should become opportunities. Obviously we analyzed Saturday’s game. There were times when we did better, but we only managed to score two goals. We have to work harder, starting with me.”
He was then questioned about who was the more dangerous player – Mane or Robert Lewandowski, with Inzaghi’s team to face both of them in a row in the group stages.
“We faced Mane when he was at Liverpool last season. He is a very crazy player that affects both phases of the game. Lewandowski is a great player, we will meet them four times in a month and a half. All matches will be difficult.”
Then, the former Lazio coach tidied up Bayern Munich’s stock coming into the match.
“I saw the last two Milan, where there was no match for the opponent in terms of stats. The opponents were trying to limit them by being aggressive, but they have a strength that makes them among the best in Europe.”
Inter and Bayern have clashed on seven previous occasions on the European stage, with both teams sharing three victories each. Reportedly as a high-scoring encounter, Inter’s last ten matches against German teams in the UEFA Champions League have seen a total of 39 goals scored.