Written By Onyeka Daniel

Inter Milan coach, Simone Inzaghi recently signed a contract that would keep him at the club until 2025, and that could make him one of the longest serving manager of the club in recent times after he joined from Lazio in 2021.

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The manager has admitted that his target is to imitate Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp and remain at his club for as long as he can and confirms he will rotate his squad against Real Sociedad tomorrow. The Nerazzurri have already qualified for the Champions League Round of 16 but must beat Real Sociedad at San Siro tomorrow to win their group and have, on paper, an easier path in the knock-out phase.

“We know it will be a tough game against a quality opponent,” Inzaghi said at a pre-match press conference today. “We know it doesn’t change much for Real Sociedad to play away or at home. They won twice away in the Champions League this season, so we’ll need an important performance to win.


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“The path will be long and with many obstacles so we are glad these four months have been good,” continued the coach. “However, we have a demanding game ahead. The team knows what it means to win the group, we respect what Real Sociedad have done so far. “To win the group would be prestigious for our club and important to have an easier draw even if we know all Champions League games are tricky.”

The Nerazzurri coach reportedly tried Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Augusto and Alexis Sanchez in the starting line-up during a most recent training session, while Benjamin Pavard, Stefan de Vrij and Denzel Dumfries are out of action due to injuries. How many players will Inzaghi change tomorrow after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Udinese? “I will change something but we are struggling a bit with rotations in some areas because a few important players are out,” he replied.

“I’ll make my assessments today; I must see the stats from this morning’s training session; we watched some videos. There will be some changes. We could afford to rotate in Lisbon [against Benfica], knowing that the lads were ready. “I have trust in the team. Real Sociedad and we have been excellent so far, but it wasn’t an easy [group stage] draw.

“We got Real Sociedad from pot four. We didn’t have two top clubs like last season [Bayern Munich and Barcelona], but I knew it was a tricky group. We have made it easier than it seemed.” Inzaghi confirmed that two between Cuadrado, Matteo Darmian and Yann Aurel Bisseck will start and one will go on the bench.

Inter hired Inzaghi in 2021 to replace Antonio Conte and the Italian tactician and has recently extended his contract, and he was asked if he aimed to imitate Guardiola and Klopp and remain at the club for many years. “This is the target. I think this is true for every coach,” he admitted.

“I spent several years at Lazio, and I hope I can stay here for as long as possible, but the pitch does the talking. We know we are judged in every game, in every step. We must work with this group of players, knowing that there are different moments In football, so we must be good at facing them.” He further added.


Real Sociedad legend Jesus Maria Zamora highlighted how beating Inter at San Siro ‘would be prestigious’ for the Spanish side as they fight to finish top of their Champions League group. Both clubs have the chance to secure a first-place finish in Group D when they battle it out in their final Champions League group match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Tuesday evening, being tied on 11 points each.

When these two teams met earlier in the season, Inter snatched a point in a 1-1 draw after a Martinez equaliser in the 87th minute of their clash at the Reale Arena. Speaking to Tuttosport, Sociedad legend Zamora first discussed the Spanish side’s ambitions ahead of their trip to San Siro.

“With today’s mentality, Real Sociedad will want to win at San Siro, not draw. They are aiming for first place, it would mean having a softer game in the Round of 16. “The team are playing well in La Liga, but I think they expressed themselves better in the Champions League. Finishing the group ahead of Inter would be prestigious for the club.”

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He touched on his favourite player in the Inter squad. “Thuram. He changed the game in San Sebastian. I saw several Nerazzurri matches, the Frenchman is powerful, fast, decisive, he knows how to score.” The former midfielder, who spent 15 years with Real Sociedad from 1974 to 1989, then spoke about the difficulties of playing at San Siro.

“Now the team have gained experience with participation in the previous editions of the Europa League. San Siro is a historic, traditional pitch. “But I remain convinced that Real Sociedad will not change their way of playing. They will apply high pressure, they will not lose their nature, they will play with the same idea as always.”

Finally, Zamora discussed how Real Sociedad’s spirit can help them find victory against Inter. “I believe it is the team’s way of playing, not so much the performance of the individual, that is fundamental. “We don’t have one player who stands out from the others, but several players who together make the difference. With spirit, conscience and our DNA, we can do well.” He further added.

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