The Nerazzurri will play in the UCL quarter-finals after more than 12 years with Benfica vs Inter. The hosts are having a wonderful campaign in the Champions League, as they managed to top the group that had tournament favorites like Paris Saint Germain and Juventus. While, Inter themselves managed to get out of the group death that contained Bayern and Barcelona. But considering their recent form and away record, Inter will have to bring their A-game.
The Nerazzurri had a bright start after the World Cup break, and Inzaghi somehow found the answer to gaps in the defense. However, Inter are again struggling at the back, and their weakness in transition has been exploited by mid and lower-placed teams in Serie A. The Nerazzurri have missed plenty of chances as well, which has cost them the game in the end. Also, Inter’s former midfielder Joao Mario has a brilliant connection with Ramos at the front. He has also scored six goals and provided two assists in the Champions League so far.
Benfica vs Inter UCL: team news, tactics, and prediction
Draxler and Guedes are out for the Portuguese side due to their respective injuries, and Otamendi will be serving his suspension. Inter will have to be wary of Grimaldo, who creates loads of chances from the left.
The Nerazzurri will miss Calhanoglu and Skriniar, as they are still out due to injury. Dimarco can replace Gosens, as he offers more defensive cover. If Dumfries starts for Inter, then he will have to be disciplined with his positioning as he tends to move high up the pitch, leaving space behind.
The odds are against the Nerazzurri as they face one of the best sides in the Champions League this season, who are unbeaten so far. But Inter can snatch a draw if Inzaghi goes with the pragmatic approach and keeps his defense compact.
Benfica 1-1 Inter Milan.