Inter Milan’s last visit to us ended in a very memorable 3-1 pasting, Gareth Bale’s roasting of Maicon has gone down in Spurs legend.
The same result would do for us tonight. As has been detailed all across the interweb, assuming that PSV lose their remaining two matches to Inter and Barcelona then the only way we can ensure qualification for the last 16 is to win at Wembley by a two goal or more margin and then turn Barca over in their own back yard.
Those late collapses in Milan and Eindhoven may cost us dear.
Inter are in form and managed to rest some players at the weekend. Dangermen Icardi and Perisic at least sat out the 3-0 over Frosinone, or most of it anyway. Their strengths lie in a feisty midfield and the talents of the aforementioned Icardi. Once can imagine that they’ll be canny and spoiling and do their best to kill the game from the off, we shall see though, they may surprise us.
We are also in form judging by the performance and result on Saturday. Poch has to replace Foyth, probably with a fit again Vertonghen, but apart from that, even with Lucas, Lamela and Winks raring to go, he may be reluctant to change too much of a winning team. The gung-ho approach that knocked Chelsea out of their stride won’t be given quite as many liberties by the French officials as granted by Martin Atkinson one assumes but that doesn’t mean a bit of full-on pressing won’t reap rewards.
What will be interesting tonight is the size of the crowd and the atmosphere created. Being used to the San Siro, the Inter players are hardly likely to be intimated by Wembley but if it’s a decent turn out making a decent noise, a la Saturday, then our lads will be lifted if nothing else.
The chance to set up a showdown in Barcelona is incentive enough surely for us to give of our best.
An early goal, strong hearts and some cool heads and Bale’s night may well be revisited.
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