The Nerazzurri will return their focus to Serie A with Inter vs Sampdoria after securing their spot in the Round of 16. Inter are now in a good run of form and will use it to improve their position in the Serie A table. Qualifying for the knockout stages from the group of death will give the players a boost. However, they are far away from the title race this season and will have to stay consistent and focused on getting closer to their desired spot.
Sampdoria are having a poor start to the season as they are currently trying to get out of the relegation zone. They have just six points so far, and only one win, which came last week against the bottom-placed Cremonese. But things are taking a slight turn after they sacked Marco Giampaolo after a 3-0 loss to Monza. They brought in former Nerazzurri player Dejan Stankovic as their new head coach. He will be excited to return to San Siro, and get a positive result.
Inter vs Sampdoria Serie A: team news, tactics, and prediction
The Nerazzurri will be happy after the return of Lukaku from injury against Plzen. The Belgian managed to get a goal in just ten minutes, and he will get more game time against Sampdoria. However, Brozovic is still recovering from his injury and will be out for this game. Inter will look to go with Correa, and Lautaro as their front two. Also, Handanovic could return to the posts for this game as Onana can take a rest. De Vrij and Darmian can be selected to give rest to some of the players.
Harry Winks, Murillo and De Luca are out for Sampdoria. Caputo and Gabbiadini will lead the line, while their crucial player Emil Audero will try replicating the performance against Cremonese.
The Nerazzurri could be slightly tired coming into this game. But they should win this if they keep their defense intact.
Inter 3-1 Sampdoria.