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Match Preview: Internazionale vs Borussia Dortmund

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The derby game of the third Champions League group stage round will see Inter Milan taking on Borussia Dortmund at the San Siro stadium.

Two former European champions go head to head tomorrow evening, as Inter host Borussia Dortmund at 21:00 (CET).

It is a must-win game for Antonio Conte’s side, as they sit in third in Group F with only one point on their account.

The Nerazzurri saved a point through Nicolo Barella’s injury-time equalizer in their Champions League opener against Slavia Praga, and threw away a half-time lead at Camp Nou in the second round, losing 2-1 to home side Barcelona.

They welcome Borussia Dortmund on the back of an entertaining 4-3 win at Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

The Germans travel to Milan after an extremely important 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday.

They kicked off their European campaign with a goalless draw against Barcelona back in September and registered their first win of the 2019-20 UCL season in Praga three weeks ago, beating Slavia 2-0 thanks to Achraf Hakimi’s brace.

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Inter will be without Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez who underwent surgery following the ankle injury he sustained on international duty 10 days ago.

Stefano Sensi is also sidelined for the Nerazzurri, as he continues to struggle with a thigh problem, as well as full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio who is out with a broken toe.

Jadon Sancho is expected to return in the squad after missing the Battle of the Borussias on disciplinary grounds, while captain Marco Reus is a doubt due to health problems.

Spanish forward Paco Alcacer will remain on the sidelines, along with left-back Marcel Schmelzer who is suffering from a hip injury.


he teams last met in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, as Inter booked their place in the semis with an aggregate 4-3 win (3-1 win in Dortmund and 2-1 defeat at home). They went on to lift the trophy, beating Salzburg in the final.

The Nerazzurri have lost their last four games against German visitors, a 4-0 UEFA Champions League group stage defeat of Werder Bremen in September 2010 was their only win in their last seven such fixtures (D1 L5).

Home and away Inter are without a win in six games against Bundesliga opponents (D1 L5); a 3-2 victory at Bayern München in March 2011 is their only success in nine matches (D1 L7).

Borussia Dortmund conceded the fewest goals in last season’s group stage (two) and kept the most clean sheets (five). They are yet to concede in this season’s competition.

The Black and Yellows have managed only three victories in their last 13 European away matches (D4 L6).

BVB last visited Italy in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League round of 32, drawing 1-1 in their second leg at Atalanta to go through 4-3 on aggregate. They won only three of their 16 away games against Italian oppositions, losing 11 times in the process.