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Inter Milan will be eager to open their 2019-20 Champions League campaign with a win when they welcome Slavia Prague to San Siro on Tuesday night.
Under new head coach Antonio Conte, Inter have made a perfect start to the new Serie A season, and the Italian giants will be the favourites to overcome their Czech opponents in Milan.
Match preview :
Inter have beaten Leece, Cagliari and Udinese in their three Serie A matches this season to top the table with nine points. Conte’s side will face AC Milan in a huge derby next weekend but must first concentrate on opening their Champions League campaign with a positive performance.
Conte will view both matches against Slavia Prague as must-wins when considering that Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona make up Group F. It is set to be a fascinating battle to qualify for the last-16 stage of the Champions League, and Inter will be feeling good about their chances as the club seemingly have a new-found belief.
I Nerazzurri are actually the last Italian team to win the Champions League having triumphed in 2010. This is the 13th time that they have been present in the group stage of the competition, although last season – where they were eliminated in the groups – was their first appearance since 2011-12.
Inter last locked horns with Slavia Prague in the group stage of the Europa League during the 2016-17 campaign – suffering a 3-1 loss in Prague before recording a 2-1 victory on home soil courtesy of a double from Eder.
Romelu Lukaku will be desperate to build on what has been a positive start to his Inter career, and it would be fair to say that the club’s fans will be feeling confident ahead of Tuesday’s affair at San Siro.
Like Inter, Slavia Prague have also made a strong start to their league campaign. The Czech outfit actually started their season in the middle of July, and they have won seven of their nine matches this term – remaining unbeaten in the process – to top the table on 23 points.
Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side will enter the match off the back of a 3-0 home win over Slovacko on Saturday, while they have actually not lost a competitive game since the end of April, which is certainly a run of form that will hand them confidence heading into the clash with Inter.
Cervenobili won a domestic double last season, while they managed to negotiate the Champions League qualifying rounds for just the second time. Indeed, Slavia Prague have only ever appeared in one previous group-stage campaign – 12 years ago when they finished third in their section.
The Czech outfit, who beat Cluj 2-0 on aggregate to book a spot in the group stages, impressed in the Europa League last season. Indeed, they advanced through the groups before overcoming Genk and Sevilla in the knockout rounds to set up a quarter-final with Chelsea.
The Blues ultimately recorded a 5-3 aggregate victory to advance, but Slavia Prague scored three times in the second leg at Stamford Bridge to show their credentials.
Tuesday’s match, though, will mark the Czech team’s first game against an Italian club since drawing 0-0 with Genoa during the group stages of the Europa League back in 2009.
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Football Club Internazionale Milano is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy. Inter is the only Italian club to have never been relegated from the top flight.
Inter has won 30 domestic trophies, including 18 league titles, 7 Coppa Italia and 5 Supercoppa Italiana. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record at that time. They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010. Their latest win completed an unprecedented Italian seasonal treble, with Inter winning the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto the same year. The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Inter’s home games are played at the San Siro stadium, which they share with local rivals A.C. Milan. The stadium is the largest in Italian football with a capacity of 80,018. Matches between A.C. Milan and Inter, known as the Derby della Madonnina, are one of the most followed derbies in football. As of 2019, Inter is the most supported team in Italy and the sixth most-supported in Europe. The club is one of the most valuable in Italian and world football.
San Siro – Opening: 1926 | Capacity: 80,018 seats
Main article: San Siro
See also: Arena Civica
Stadio San Siro was a project of former AC Milan president Piero Pirelli. In the first two decades of the 20th century, Milan had already occupied various grounds, and by the early 1920s played at a ground at the Viale Lombardia.
Though a perfectly fine ground, it soon turned out to be too small for the club’s growing number of fans, and therefore architect Stacchini, also responsible for Milan’s central station, was hired to design a complete new stadium.
Stadio San Siro officially opened on 19 September 1926 with a friendly between Milan and Inter (3-6). The stadium initially consisted of four separate stands and could hold 35,000 spectators.
San Siro was first owned by AC Milan, but was sold to the city of Milan in 1935, who were soon forced too enlarge the stadium due to the club’s increasing popularity.
Plans were made for a massive stadium for 150,000 spectators, but these were in the end significantly scaled down. The redeveloped San Siro opened in 1939, and consisted of one fully enclosed tier.
Until 1945, Milan had been the sole occupant of San Siro, but were then joined by Inter, who had before played at the Arena Civica.
San Siro got further expanded in 1955 when a second tier got built on top of the first one, which resulted in a capacity of about 85,000 places.
In the following decades, San Siro hosted two European Cup finals: the first in 1965 between Inter and Benfica (1-0), and the second in 1970 between Feyenoord and Celtic (2-1).
The stadium had earlier gotten ignored as a playing venue for the 1968 European Championships, but did get selected for Euro 1980. At the same time it got officially renamed Stadio Guiseppe Meazza, in honour of the ex-player of both Inter and Milan.
During the 1980 European championships, San Siro hosted three first round group matches.
Soon after, Italy got awarded the 1990 World Cup, and it became clear that San Siro was in need of a major upgrade. The option of building a new stadium was contemplated, but architects Ragazzi, Hoffer, and Finzi instead chose for an ambitious redevelopment plan.
Works included the construction of a third tier, a roof that would cover all seats, and eleven cylindrical concrete towers around the stadium to support the extra tier and roof structure. The resulting capacity was 85,700 seats.
During the World Cup, San Siro hosted the opening match between Argentina and Cameroon (0-1), three further group matches, a round of 16 match, and the quarter-final between Germany FR and Czechoslovakia (1-0).
The stadium got further refurbished in later years, and capacity reduced slightly due to UEFA safety requirements. In 2001, it hosted the Champions League final between Bayern München and Valencia (1-1) and in 2016 the final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid (1-1).
Both Milan and Inter have looked at building a new stadium elsewhere, having found themselves constrained in their development due to the deteriorated state of the stadium and ownership by the city of Milan. Inter was the first to announce plans to build a new club-owned stadium in 2012, but shelved these when Milan revealed concrete plans to build a new stadium in the Portello area, instead opting to renovate San Siro. However, Milan’s move fell through in 2015 and future plans of both clubs are currently unclear.