Simone Inzaghi Admits To Having Doubts Over Starting XI
Written By Jacobs Dunga
The Nerazzurri take on Porto in Lisbon on Tuesday night for a place in the last eight of the UCL.
Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi revealed during his press conference ahead of the cracker against Portuguese giants FC Porto about the uncertainty surrounding his line up for the game.
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Inter took a first leg 1-0 advantage over the Portuguese side and will be hoping to avoid defeat on Tuesday night.
Speaking about his team, the Italian manager said he still has doubts over who the starters will be as Milan Skriniar is still a major doubt despite making the squad for the game.
Asked if Romelu Lukaku will be seen from the start, the former Lazio manager explained the situation around his squad including Milan Skriniar’s possibility.
“I have a lot of doubts about the line-up which I’ll clear up tomorrow. Skriniar has been out for a fortnight and I’ll have to evaluate him. The thing that impressed me the most is what Milan did to recover in order to be there for this match, he gave great availability but I’ll have to evaluate his condition. On the attack I still have doubts, on Lukaku we’ll see. There’s also Correa recovered and we’ll see how the match develops.” He said as revealed by FCInterNews.
Asked about the type of game he expects to meet and considering Sergio Conceicao’s record against Italian sides.
“Porto is a complete team, we saw that in the first leg too. We also know the statistics of this team but we have prepared in the best possible way, looking above all at ourselves.”
Reports have however reported that Edin Dzeko could be favoured over the Belgian striker while Matteo Darmian could drop to RCB should Skriniar not make the lineup.
Inzaghi was asked about the reaction from the side after the meltdown at Spezia prior to the Porto game.
The gaffer played down any sort of concerns in his team and instead shifted the focus to the all important game in Lisbon.
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“We analysed, we talked, we reviewed. But that’s the past, the game of the moment is tomorrow’s match with Porto. In La Spezia I think that losing while playing like that can happen once every 500 games, it happened and we licked our wounds. Now we think about Porto, a very difficult opponent in a very fiery stadium. We played the first half at San Siro, now it’s the second and we want to take our chances in the best possible way.”
Asked about Inter’s good run against top sides as to the contrasting form when playing lower placed teams, he responded by saying: “Absolutely. We have already faced certain games like that in the season and last year. We know we can make the big leap by moving into the top eight. We want to improve on last year, we always work towards that. We had a great first half at San Siro, now comes the more challenging second half and we have to play a great match against an opponent used to this kind of team.”
Szymon Marciniak from Poland will be at the centre of action when hostilities begin on Tuesday night, it is the same man who sent Inzaghi off during the group stage 3-3 draw at Barcelona.
Asked about his opinion of the selection, he said: “On the referee I say that in Barcelona he did a great match, he deservedly sent me off. I am convinced that he will do very well tomorrow too because he is a great referee.”
The game will determine which of the two teams go through to the last eight of the competition where Inter have not reached since the 2010/2011 season.
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