After a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg, Inter went into the decisive duel against AC Milan with the best cards. Coach Inzaghi demands that his players should not rest on their laurels.
After the comfortable victory in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League, Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi also requires full concentration in the second duel with city rivals AC Milan. “We have to continue with this attitude,” said the coach after the 2-0 (2-0).
“We still have a little way to go before we can fulfill a dream we’ve had since August.” Inzaghi meant the final of the European football premier class in Istanbul, which the black and blue can reach again 13 years after their last success in 2010. The starting position is excellent after an “extraordinary” performance in the first leg.
“The lads know what to do,” said Inzaghi, recalling the quarter-finals when Inter also won 2-0 away at Benfica in the first leg and laid the groundwork for progress – the second leg went 3-3 to the Milanese but never ran the risk of dropping out. “We have to keep going,” stressed striker Edin Dzeko ahead of the second leg. The former Bundesliga professional was one of the match winners with his early goal to make it 1-0 (8th minute), Henrich Mchitarjan made it 2-0 (11th).
Milan, meanwhile, will try to get over the shock of the home defeat – formally AC was the host – and motivate themselves for the second meeting. “We need a big game,” said coach Stefano Pioli. He remains optimistic. “I know my team, my players and I know what we can do.”
The red-blacks then hope for the use of winger Rafael Leão, who missed the first leg with an adductor injury. The lightning-fast and dangerous attacker wants to be fit again by next Tuesday. Meanwhile, midfield player Ismael Bennacer, who was substituted against Inter with a knee injury, is a concern. “He has quite a lot of pain in his knee,” reported Coach Pioli.
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