While Benfica, Milan, Chelsea and Bayern Munich wait in the next instance, the ball will roll again in the Champions League this Tuesday with two commitments. One will be the one that will take place at the Estádio do Dragão, where Porto from Portugal and Inter from Italy will face off. From 5 p.m. on Fox Sports and Star+. The referee will be Polish Szymon Marciniak.
The Milanese won the first leg 1-0 thanks to a goal from Belgian Romelu Lukaku and they will try to assert their advantage in Portuguese territory.
Those commanded by Sérgio Conceição reach this commitment after two victories in a row in the local tournament (Chaves and Estoril), which allows them to be Benfica’s guard with 57 units, eight less than the leader. The Portuguese reached this stage after claiming top spot in Group B, beating rivals such as Belgium’s Brugge, Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen and Spain’s Atlético de Madrid.
“We prepared around our characteristics as a team. In these high-level matches, we have to play the way we know how to play, the way we feel most comfortable. If we adapt too much to the opponent, things may not go as well as we want. We are halfway to the tie. We have 90 minutes to try and get past the result, but to do that we’ll have to be smart throughout the game. It will be important not to go on the attack, it will be necessary to be patient and with the appropriate aggressiveness,” said the coach of the home team.
The Nerazzurro, for their part, are coming off a 2-1 defeat when they visit Spezia and have won just one of their last three Serie A games, losing more ground in the race for the Scudetto. With 50 points, he appears in second place, 18 behind Napoli. Those led by Lautaro Martínez, Joaquín Correa and Valentín Carboni also struggled in the group stage, finishing second to Bayern Munich in Group C, relegating clubs like Barcelona from Spain and Viktoria Plzen from the Czech Republic.
In her attempt to bring peace of mind to fans, Simone Inzaghi said: “Criticism is part of the job. Last year we were winter champions and then we had problems. There are always criticisms, but I don’t get into those things, and I certainly won’t on the eve of such an important game for the club and the fans. Friday’s defeat at Spezia (2-1) is the kind of result that only happens once in 500 games. We had a lot of chances, but we recovered, and now we have to think about Porto.”
“We want to give it our all and do it in the best way possible. We can take a big step forward. Inter reached the round of 16 twice in a row, which had not happened for ten years. Now we want to improve, we work for it every day. The first part of the qualifying round was in San Siro, now the second part is even more difficult and exciting,” he added.
Porto: Diogo Costa; João Mario, Pepe, Ivan Marcano, Zaidu Sanusi; Mateus Uribe, Marko Grujić, Stephen Eustaquio; Wenderson Galeno, Mehdi Taremi and Pepe. DT: Sergio Conceicao.
Switch: Andre Onana; Milan Skriniar, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni; Denzel Dumfries, Nicolò Barella, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco; Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez. DT: Simone Inzagi.
Stadium : Dragon Stadium
Arbitrator: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Television: Fox Sports and Star+