Inter Milan draw Benfica in the UCL Quarter-finals. The Nerazzurri reached the quarter-finals stage after more than 12 years after beating Porto 1-0 on aggregate. They will now face another Portuguese side Benfica, who have been in terrific form this season. Inter could have drawn anyone, including AC Milan, as the restriction to face a club of the same country lifts after the Round of 16. The Nerazzurri fans are glad they are not facing giants like Bayern, Man City, or Madrid. However, Benfica are regarded as the dark horse this season.
The Portuguese side have reached the quarter-finals with ease. They topped the group that included Paris Saint Germain and Juventus. Also, they thrashed Club Brugge 7-1 over the two legs of the Round of 16. Goncalo Ramos and the former Inter midfielder Joao Mario are in fine touch. The Portuguese striker has seven goals and three assists in the Champions League so far.
Inter draw Benfica in the UCL quarter-finals and could face Milan in the semis
The Nerazzurri have been inconsistent in the Serie A, but are a different side in the Champions League this season. Inzaghi has used a pragmatic approach in big matches that help Inter in defense and has been successful so far. Simone Inzaghi managed to get Inter out of the group of death that included Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Inter then used a similar approach against a physical side Porto. Inzaghi was surprised by the intensity shown by the players, as they had to stay compact in defense against Porto in the away leg.
Milan derby could take place in the semi-finals of the Champions League if both Inter and Milan win their respective games. The Rossoneri are up against the Serie A leaders Napoli. Inter will have to travel to Lisbon for the first leg of the quarter-finals.
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