Luciano Spalletti’s side host Lazio on Thursday night in the Coppa Italia quarter finals, bidding for their first silverware since 2011.
I Nerazzurri will be eager to get back to winning ways after two disappointing results in Serie A.
With only a few injuries to deal with – Keita Balde and Sime Vrsaljko – Spalletti will unquestionably go for a strong team to play six-time Coppa Italia winners Lazio. However, the issues facing the Inter boss fall outside the realm of injures, with wantaway winger Ivan Perisic, ill-disciplined Radja Nainggolan and suspended Matteo Politano set to miss out.
Here’s a look at how Inter could line up on Sunday.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Samir Handanovic (GK) – Handanovic has played every minute of Inter’s league campaign this term, conceding just 15 goals in the process. He has the most clean sheets of any keeper in the league, with 11.
Danilo D’Ambrosio (RB) – The Italian full-back has only featured six times for Inter so far this season but could start this game.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) – The Dutchman joined I Nerazzurri last summer after much speculation over his future, he will be up against his former side on Thursday, hoping to shut out his former employers.
Milan Skriniar (CB) – Has forged a good partnership with de Vrij this campaign, only missing two matches thus far. At the age of 23, the Slovakian is already an established name in Spalletti’s side.
Kwadwo Asamoah (LB) – The versatile player has shifted from winger to full back throughout his career but this season has found himself predominantly playing at left back.
Marcelo Brozovic (CDM) – The World Cup finalist is finally getting the recognition he deserves as one of Europe’s finest holding midfielders, and has been one of Inter’s most impressive performers this season.
Matias Vecino (CDM) – The Uruguayan scored the winning goal for Inter against Lazio back in May 2018, a victory that saw the club return to the Champions League after a six year absence, and will be hoping for similar heroics on Thursday.
Antonio Candreva (RM) – Another player who could feature against his former side is Antonio Candreva, who won the Coppa Italia with Lazio back in 2013.
Joao Mario (CAM) – The ex-West Ham player has found playing time limited this season, due to the indiscipline of Radja Nainggolan, so is likely to play the number ten role and be the creative spark for Spalletti’s men.
Lautaro Martínez (LM) – While naturally a striker, the future of Ivan Perisic remains up in the air, and with Matteo Politano suspended, the Argentine forward may be asked to play an unfamiliar wider role on Thursday.
Mauro Icardi (ST) – The Argentine is only two goals shy of overtaking Christian Vieiri as the club’s eighth all time leading goalscorer. Icardi bagged two goals the last time Inter and Lazio met, his brace seeing Inter on their way to an impressive 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico back in October.