The Nerazzurri will shift their focus to UCL after another league loss to welcome the Primeira Liga giants for Inter vs Benfica 2nd leg. Inter already have a foot in the semi-finals after earning a two-goal lead at Estadio da Luz. But considering their recent form, Inter will have to put on another top display to secure their place in the final four. While Benfica will be optimistic to orchestrate a comeback as they have been unbeaten in their last seven UCL away games.
Benfica have found a dip in form in their domestic league as well. They lost the O Classico 2-1 before hosting Inter. While they dropped all points against the mid-table Chaves over the weekend with a late goal. The Portuguese side have not endured a three-match losing run since November 2018. But they have the resources to surprise Inter at Meazza and can take inspiration from other Serie A teams that got the better of the Italian giants recently.
Inter vs Benfica UCL: team news, tactics, and prediction
Simone Inzaghi will miss the services of De Vrij, who got an ankle injury against Monza. Acerbi should return for him, while Skriniar is still recovering from his back problem. Calhanoglu played some minutes against Monza, but he might not be ready for a start yet.
Otamendi will be back for Benfica after serving his suspension and can replace Morato. They will rely on their star striker Goncalo Ramos to end his three-game goal drought. The Portuguese international has fired 25 goals this season. Moreover, he has applied most pressure in the final third in UCL this season.
The Nerazzurri should hold onto their lead at home, but Benfica will come with all guns blazing. Inter will have to be ready to defend as a group.
Inter Milan 1-1 Benfica.