Group B : Analysing Inter Milan’s UCL Opponents !

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Inter Milan are back into the Uefa Champions League after a gap of Six long years and they were the last Seria a club to win this competition in a treble winning 2009-10 season under Jose Mourinho.

The club had to go through some tough times in the last five years or so, but the Nerazzurri are slowly becoming one of the best clubs in Europe under the new Chinese ownership.

Inter’s Sporting Director Piero Ausilio has done a fantastic job in the last two summer transfer windows, as he signed players like Milan Skriniar, Matias Vecino and Borja Valero last season and Radja Nainggolan, Stefan De Vrij, Khadwo Asamoah, Sime Vrsaljko, Matteo Politano, Keita Balde and Lautaro Martinez in this window, to make the Nerazzurri a formidable side, who can compete in all competitions.

Inter have been handed a tough group stage draw on their European comeback as they will face FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven in Group B.

Let’s analyse Nerazzurri’s all three opponents starting with the strongest –

 

#1   FC Barcelona  –  Ratings  5/5

Barcelona will prove to be the toughest opponents for Inter, as the La Liga champions are one of the big favourites to win the competition this year. It will be nice to see Mauro Icardi competing against Lionel Messi in his debut Champions league season.

FC Barcelona’s biggest strengh is their attack which is led by their star man Lionel Messi and striker Luis Suarez. They also have some fantastic yougsters like Ousmane Dembele and Malcom, who can provide lot of goals and assists. Barcelona also have a strong midfield consisting of players like Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic.

Having said that, the La liga giants look defensively very uncomfortable and can concede goals against a strong attack. They are also weak in defending set-pieces and Inter can definitely hurt them on corners and counter attacks with players like Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi and Matteo Politano.

Expected Points – 3  ( A win at the San Siro )

 

#2   Tottenham  –  Ratings  4/5

Inter will start their Champions League campaign in what already looks like a Do or Die clash against Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro.

The Nerazzurri have to win the opening match at home or it will be almost impossible to reach the knockout stages of the competition. It will not be easy for these Tottenham players to play in Milan, infront of 80,000 supporters and Inter should make best use of this atmosphere and begin their campaign with a win.

Tottenham have some of the most exciting young talents in Europe, and they performed exceptionally in the Champions League last season. They are a very balanced team and have exceptional players in all the departments of the game.

Still, if we have to pick their biggest strength, it has to be their midfield, which consist of players like Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Eric Dier. Their attack will be led by Harry Kane, who is considered one of the best strikers in the world.

It will be two very tough matches for both the clubs, and the team that makes fewer mistakes will advance to the knockout round and hopefully it’s Inter.

Expected Points – 3 ( A win at the San Siro )

 

#3   PSV Eindhoven  –  Ratings  3/5  

Atleast on paper, PSV are the weakest team in Group B. They reached the group stage of the Champions League by beating BATE Borisov 6-2 on aggregate in the last preliminary round.

It will not be easy for any of the three sides to face PSV at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, but Inter have to beat them both home and away and hope that Tottenham drop points against them in the away fixture to give Nereazzurri an edge.

Expected Points – 6 

 

Final Verdict –

FC Barcelona and Tottenham are the favourites to get through this group, which can actually help Inter, as there will be less pressure on them. They arguably have better players than Tottenham, but most of the new signings are still getting used to Inter’s playing style and player like Radja Nainggolan hasn’t yet made his official debut.

Once Luciano Spalletti figures out his best team and formation, we can see the real Inter and it will be more clear in the coming months where this team stands both in Italy and Europe.

 

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