Inter Milan Vs Tottenham: Leaving their domestic troubles behind both needs Champions League boost
Inter Milan Vs Tottenham Hotspur is going to be an interesting fixture on Tuesday night in UEFA Champions League group B opener. Both sides need Champions League boost leaving behind their domestic trouble.
Inter Milan have won only one Serie A game in this new campaign. They lost 1-0 against lowly sides Sassuolo and Parma, played 2-2 draw with Torino, and registered only one victory against Bologna winning 3-0. It left them with only 4 points on Serie A points table out of possible 12.
Things are not that bad for London giant Tottenham Hotspur, but they are also not going through a good phase. After winning three consecutive Premier League games, Mauricio Pochettino side has also gone on two lose their last two consecutive fixtures against Watford and Liverpool.
🎙️ | #Spalletti: “I hope that the eagerness from my players to return to this stage and the efforts made to qualify for the #UCL overcome the experiences of the team so far.”#InterTottenham #UCL pic.twitter.com/bXJXvnvoJ1
— Inter (@Inter_en) September 17, 2018
Both are very talented sides and they have reached there on their merit. They just need to get rid of their domestic trouble before fancying their chances in Europe. Whereas Tottenham have proved themselves regular in the competition in last three seasons, three time champion Inter Milan is entering the tournament after six years gap.
Inter Milan must be looking forward to prove that they can dominate Europe again, and Spurs can’t afford to lose their position with all their investment in a bigger stadium.
They are in a very competitive group alongside Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. It’s too early to say, but many believe that group winners’ position is already fixed for Barcelona. So, the only position left to play for is group runners-up.
The competition is going to be tough among Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, and PSV Eindhoven. If they’ll enter the tournament with their domestic worries, PSV will march ahead on their build-up of successful domestic campaign in Eredivisie.
🗣️ Mauricio: “We made a lot of mistakes and we were punished” pic.twitter.com/ypIWWQaQUF
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2018
Whereas Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is finding it difficult to stick with one formation, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has big worries with his big names injury list.
Inter Milan playing XI : 3-5-2
Inter Milan boss doesn’t know how to deal with the squad at his disposal. He must be eager to play his captain Mauro Icardi upfront after he returned from injury. Internazionale boss will also fancy playing Ivan perisic and Matteo Politano on left and right wing, but there is little chance that Politano will get a starting place.
Spalletti hasn’t got much option in midfield and he should be happy to deploy Marcelo Brozovic, Roberto Gagliardini, and Radja Nainggolan. He has got other options in Matias Vecino, Borja Valero, and Joao Mario, but they are far from getting berth in starting lineup.
Kwadwo Asamoah and Antonio Candreva will play on wings little forward than usual. Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij, and Miranda may form a back three lineup.
Playing XI: Handanovic, Skriniar, De Vrij, Miranda, Asamoah, Candreva, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Nainggolan, Perisic, Icardi
Tottenham Hotspur playing XI: 3-4-2-1
Tottenham Hotspur have a big loss in their veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. We saw Michel Vorm struggling against Liverpool, it could be the same case against the likes of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic. But, they haven’t got the option.
The back three finds it difficult to cope up with the pace of Liverpool’s front three, but I guess they could handle the threat of Inter Milan. Jon Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, and Toby Alderweireld are expected to start in back three. Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier will join them little forward playing on wings helped in the middle by Harry Winks and Moussa Dembele.
We saw Eric Dier struggling in the middle against Liverpool, so he’s definitely out of the playing XI against Inter. Christian Eriksen is going to entertain himself in no.10 role as Dele Alli is still not fit to start games, and to be honest Eriksen is their best man in the position.
However, Son Heung-Min has returned from South Korea but I don’t see him starting on the expense of in-form Lucas Moura. Brazilian will join Harry Kane in the forward line to support him on right wing.
Playing XI: Vorm, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Trippier, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Moura, Kane
Tottenham Hotspur will walk away with a 1-1 draw