Its back to league action this weekend with some very exciting matches set to take place. Champions Inter Milan host Udinese at the San Siro while opening day losers Juventus host Sampdoria in Turin on Sunday.
All attention of course will be on Inter Milan as the treble winners look to put behind them their embarrassing barren draw against Bologna two weeks ago. With Rafa Benitez looking for his first league victory as coach, Inter will definitely be out to re-enforce their status as the team to beat this season.
Inter can count on the fact that they have been unbeatable at home in the league for close to two years. A feat unmatched by any other team. Moreover, Udinese have a bad away record. Udinese only won 1 of their 19 away games last season. This coupled with the loss of their forward Simone Pepe to Juventus should heavily tip the balance in favour of Inter.
Losing 1-0 to Genoa on opening day, Udinese are keen on winning tomorrow’s game to give them their first points of the season. Speaking to Corrie dello Sport Udinese defender Gokhan Inler said that their main mission in Milan will be to win.
“I have nothing to say, Udinese want to win in Milan. Everything else is not a concern. I think just about working hard.”
“Everyone will give their best, we expect a tough match, because Inter will do everything in their power to win and you must expect their best.
“But we also want to win and will try to conquer the three points.”
Inter on the other hand will not be taking any prisoners. Benitez will most probably field the same starting line up which lost to Atletico Madrid in the SuperCup.
A three prong attack consisting of Eto’o Milito and Pandev will lead the charge with youngsters Coutinho and Babiany coming on as substitutes. Inter’s highest payed player Samuel Eto’o has re-assured the fans that their lukewarm start to the season ends tomorrow.
“Everyone is speaking about Milan and Juve because they reinforced themselves during the transfer window, like Roma,” Eto’o told Sky Sport 24. “But Inter already has the side to keep on winning.
“In order for us to repeat the success of last season, we must take each match as it comes along, and not think too far ahead.
“In Italy, I respect everyone, but don’t fear any side.”
Benitez is a very defense minded coach and so i expect that Inter will play a litle more defensive in the early stages of the game. Udinese will however come out attacking and this could prove to be disastrous as Inter could hit them on the counter attack with their pacy forward.
I do not expect Inter to lose (they have not lost at the San Siro in over two years) and neither should any of you. I predict a 3-1 win in favour of the Nerazzurri.
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