Reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League, a stadium Inter Milan have not reached for ten years, is a “capital” goal of the season, coach nerazzurro recalled on Tuesday. Simone Inzaghi, on the eve of a “decisive” match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Qualification, as we know, is essential. We stressed at the start of the season that, beyond the departures of players (Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi, Editor’s note), our goal had to be to bring Inter Milan back in the eighth ”, underlined Inzaghi at a press conference.
Inter, winner of the C1 three times (1964, 1965, 2010), has not passed the first round since the 2011-12 season, with a course that had stopped in the eighth final against Marseille. After several seasons in the Europa League, the Nerazzurri have been eliminated in the group stage for the past three seasons.
Inter (2nd, 7 pts) will qualify if they win on Wednesday if Sheriff Tiraspol (3rd, 6 pts) does not win at home against Real Madrid (1st, 9 pts).
“We are in a favorable situation, but there is still a lot missing. We know that tomorrow (Wednesday) is a decisive match because the last match will not be the easiest against Real in Madrid, ”underlined Inzaghi, who arrived this summer to replace Antonio Tale.
“But we also know that our opponent has a lot of qualities and can put you in difficulty at any moment. It’s a very technical team, with great individualities, ”he added of the Ukrainian team, coached by the Italian Roberto De Zerbi.
Inzaghi believes that his victory on Sunday against Napoli (3-2), leader of Serie A, reinforced the “confidence” of the Nerazzurri: “We had a very good trip for four months, and the match Sunday’s confidence increased, the players made a great demonstration of maturity and character. “
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