Inter Milan will travel to Kyiv looking for its first Champions League win as it takes on Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
The meeting also marks a rematch of their Europa League semifinal in mid-August, when Milan trounced Shakhtar 5–0.
Head to Head Matches
When someone saw that Inter beat Shakhtar 5-0 in the Europa League semis, he probably thinks that Nerazzurri humiliated the Miners. The truth wasn’t like that. Inter had a 1-0 lead with Shakhtar constantly attacking. Once Italians scored another goal, Shakhtar continued to pressure, wanting to net at least once, which was eventually harshly punished by the Italian team who just waited for counter-attacks.
Daftar Susunan Pemain
SHAKHTAR DONETSK Starting XI: Anatolii Trubin; Dodo, Davit Khocholava, Valerii Bondar, Viktor Korniienko; Marlos Bonfim, Maycon; Mateus Tete, Marcos Antonio, Manor Solomon; Dentinho.
Cadangan Shakhtar: Vladislav Vakula, Taras Stepanenko, Vitao, Heorhii Sudakov, Sergiy Bolbat, Aleksiy Shevchenko, Mykola Matvyenko, Andriy Pyatov, Marquinhos Cipriano, Taison, Alan Patrick, Bogdan V’Yunnik.
Prior to this event, these two clubs met twice also in the UCL, only in the qualifiers’ playoffs. After 0-2 in Ukraine, the rematch in Milan was 1-1.
If you read my Champions League futures and group-stage preview, you’ll know I am pretty high on Inter this season. The club isn’t one of the favorites, but I do think it has the squad and manager to make a deep run here.
Manager Antonio Conte, who has a mind for getting defensive results, has a relatively talented midfield and the attacking partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez is very dangerous. Lukaku gets a lot of heat for coming up small in big games, but he is flat-out dominant in most games. His physical presence alone is too much for defenders to handle.
The Nerazzurri has started out well domestically, going 3-1-1 overall. Its lone loss was to rival AC Milan in a match Inter actually won the xG battle by a 2.55-2.06 margin.
Inter’s first Champions League fixture of the season ended a 2-2 draw against German up-and-comer Borussia Monchengladbach. It was a very entertaining game, which is what I was expecting. I really do think Inter got the short end of the stick in that fixture, though.