Inter Milan faces a crucial challenge defending its slim Serie A lead vs the reigning champion Napoli, with Juventus in close pursuit. Inzaghi’s team, holding a two-point advantage over Juve after a recent draw in Turin, heads to Naples following a demanding week that included a 3-3 Champions League draw at Benfica. Despite a punishing schedule, Inter’s comeback against Benfica’s second string offers hope for securing the top spot in Group F. Inzaghi’s squad rotation in Portugal ensures key players are fresh for this crucial clash. But he will have to continue with the brilliant approach that Inter showed against Benfica in the second half.
Napoli’s struggles at the Maradona stadium, a factor in Rudi Garcia’s dismissal, could favor Inter. Their meager seven points from six home league matches underscore their need for a strong performance against Inter, especially after a challenging 4-2 defeat at Real Madrid. The defending champions are struggling both offensively and defensively this season.
Napoli vs Inter Serie A: team news, tactics, and prediction
Inzaghi would be looking to capitalize on their weak form and will have some fresh players at his disposal. The Italian manager strategically made eight changes for the game against Benfica. Walter Mazzarri, in his first home match since returning to Napoli, aims to bridge the eight-point gap separating his team from Inter. Before facing Napoli, Inter might find itself trailing Juventus, who plays at Monza on Friday, opening the weekend.
The Nerazzurri are struggling with injuries, including Bastoni’s calf problems. Although positive signs in Pavard’s recovery provide a boost. Napoli’s key creator, Zielinski had an injury against Madrid, so he might not contest against Inter. Olivera and Mario Rui too, remain out for the Naples.
The Nerazzurri should edge Napoli with their fresh players and hot form coming into this one.
Napoli 1-2 Inter Milan.