Inter will face Udinese at the San Siro before the round of 16 of the Champions League, in a match that is worth a heavy three points in the race for the Serie A top four. The match against the Friulians will be a “stress test” for Inzaghi’s team which should be indicative of their performance in the first leg against Porto on Wednesday: “I will try to make the most appropriate assessments, but also in tomorrow’s match, I will need all the players, both of those who will start and of those who will enter,” the Nerazzurri manager said.
CHOICES – In the press conference, Inzaghi underlined several times the weight of the match against the Bianconeri: “It’s an important match, which will have to be faced in the best possible way. I’ll be repetitive, but despite the impending Champions League match, our focus is dedicated solely to Udinese”. Therefore, with Onana defending the posts, the defensive trio will consist of Skriniar, Acerbi and Bastoni starting in the back line. The midfield will be made up of Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic (returning as the regista), Calhanoglu (starting once again as a central midfielder) and Dimarco. Lukaku and Lautaro will form the attacking duo and will have the task of avenging the first leg defeat at the Dacia Arena. Lukaku is in a crescendo of his condition and continues to improve while Lautaro Martinez has been essential even if Edin Dzeko has also been top form. One step at a time, Inter is approaching the hottest phase of the season. First Udinese, then Porto – the time is now to turn this season around.
Inter (3-5-2): Onana; Skriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Lukaku, Lautaro.