With knockout stages qualification on the line, Antonio Conte’s high flying Inter lock horns with Dortmund in Champions League.
Antonio Conte’s arrival at the San Siro has coincided with a dramatic shift in Inter Milan’s fortunes. The Nerazzurri are a point behind Juventus in Serie A after registering nine wins from their eleven matches.
The Italian side is also fighting on the European front as they travel to Germany. Conte’s team will battle with Borussia Dortmund for second place in Group F in their latest Champions League fixture.
The Italians will have to break Die Schwarzgelben’s defense for any chance at second place. Dortmund’s back-line has a paltry two goals in Europe, keeping the likes of Messi and co at bay. So far, it is the Italian’s side who have managed to breach the German side’s defenses.
And they will be looking to repeat their feat of a fortnight ago. However, they will have to navigate Dortmund’s defenses, who have started games with four and five men at back.
Conte will be calling upon summer signing Romelu Lukaku to add to his impressive league tally. The former Manchester United attacker has failed to hit the back of net in Europe.
Lukaku will be ably supported by Lautaro Martinez, who has come under Barcelona’s radar following his performances. The Argentine international has scored in Inter’s successive Champions League fixtures.
It is noteworthy that when both attackers have started together in Serie A, one of them has scored.
With Conte looking to unlock the Dortmund conundrum, the tactician understands the importance of the fixture.
“I don’t know what to expect from Dortmund. We were prepared to face them with them using a 4-2-3-1 but they used five at the back and then we had to change and fix some things in the last meeting,” he commented during an interview with Inter TV.
“We have prepared for both situations, we have to be good and have great personality for playing a great game, it is an important step for us beyond the result.”
“It is important to come here and continue to grow in terms of mentality which we are demonstrating on the road. Playing at home or away should not change the desire which we face matches with.”
As the Italians prepare, the Germans have issues of their own to contend with. The BVB have had trouble getting on the score sheet, scoring in only their 2-0 win over Slavia Prague.