LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Inter Milan should rating early to stand any hope of toppling Liverpool in Tuesday’s Champions League final-16 second leg, coach Simone Inzaghi mentioned on Monday.
Liverpool received the primary leg in Milan 2-0 after utilizing their skilled substitutes’ bench to their benefit following a robust begin from Inter, who made it to the knockout stage of the competitors for the primary time in a decade.
“It is vital and important to rating a purpose within the first half. It shall be a tough sport tomorrow, however we’re extremely motivated,” Inzaghi instructed a information convention.
“Inter have not reached this stage of the competitors for a few years, and we knew that we might be dealing with a high workforce, having completed second within the group. We did our greatest within the first leg and we’ll do the identical tomorrow.”
The defeat by Liverpool began a 4-sport scoring drought for the Serie A champions however they ended that run in emphatic vogue, thrashing basement membership Salernitana 5-0 on Friday with a hat-trick from Lautaro Martinez and an Edin Dzeko brace.
Inzaghi hailed Liverpool as being among the many high three groups on the planet and conceded the match could be even tougher than on the San Siro. But he urged his facet to use the event as a chance to develop as a workforce.
“We are up against the strongest workforce in Europe together with Bayern Munich and Manchester City,” he mentioned.
“It shall be a scorching ambiance and it is going to be once more harder than in San Siro match. But these are these matches that make everybody develop.”
The coach confirmed that Ivan Perisic was match to play after two weeks out and mentioned that the suspended Nicolo Barella was the one absentee.
(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge)