Inzaghi will choose the attacking tandem of the Champions League after training on the eve, while the rest of the formation seems quite defined. Dumfries on the bench
Day X is coming, waiting is consumed and energies must be recovered to be released between 9 and 11 pm on Wednesday evening, when Inter and Porto will give life to the first act of the eighth-final of the Champions League. Joaquin Correa aside, Simone Inzaghi’s team is physically fine net of the obvious general shortness of breath that the coach has tried to resolve with a reasoned turnover. Monday’s training was the first real gym in preparation for the European match after Sunday’s unloading, while the eve session will be held in Appiano Gentile in the afternoon, after Inzaghi’s press conference. In Appiano Gentile the group worked together apart from the last half hour, in which the players employed in Serie A concluded separately.
Generally speaking, it is obvious that the coach will choose the best team for the Giuseppe Meazza stage. André Onana will then be back in goal after making way for Samir Handanovic against Udinese, 140 days after his last ownership. In defense there are no doubts about the two “arms” Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni, with the Slovak also returning from 90 minutes on the bench in the last round of the championship. In the middle, Francesco Acerbi seems to have an advantage over Stefan De Vrij, as does Hakan Calhanoglu over Marcelo Brozovic in directing. In fact, the Croatian still appeared to be in the running-in phase and in such a delicate match the former Milan player seems essential: on his left Henrikh Mkhitaryan (only a bump for him on Saturday, no consequences), on his right Nicolò Barella.
In zona gol
Denzel Dumfries should return to the bench on the wings, because Matteo Darmian is doing well and only played one half on Saturday before being replaced at half-time with a yellow card on the scoresheet: it is almost useless to underline the ownership of Federico Dimarco and Lautaro Martinez, cover men of this 2022-2023, while the second attack slot is the one on which the most doubts still hover. Romelu Lukaku is growing and has returned to scoring – from a penalty – and above all remains a world-class centre-forward. The temptation to propose the pairing with Toro is great, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that Edin Dzeko – although not in brilliant form – has many goals in his feet in the European field: in the current season he is already on three goals and one assist. In short, the ballot is alive.
February 20, 2023 (change February 20, 2023 | 16:51)
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