Champions League: Inter Milan vs Benfica pre match report

Inter Milan and Benfica will clash in the quarter-finals of the Champions League looking to recover from recent setbacks. Inter haven’t won in over a month, while Benfica are suffering a tough defeat at their biggest rival. The first leg will take place on Tuesday at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, where on Friday Benfica suffered a 2-1 loss to Portuguese league rivals Porto.

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On the same day, Inter Milan were held to a 1–1 draw by Salernitana in the Italian league. The Italian side will be hoping to turn their fortunes around in the Champions League to reach the last four for the first time since winning the title in 2010. Benfica will be hoping the defeat against Porto was a one-off and can stay on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since losing the final to rivals AC Milan in 1990.

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Benfica is playing in the quarter-finals for the second consecutive season. It was eliminated by eventual runners-up Liverpool the previous year. Inter, in the last eight for the first time in 12 years, had drawn with Juventus in the Italian Cup before a tie with Salernitana. Earlier, they had lost to Fiorentina and Juventus in the Italian league. Its last win was against Lecce in the league on 5 March.

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Predicted XI for Inter Milan vs Benfica

Benfica: Vlachodimos(GK); Gilberto, Silva, Verissimo, Grimaldo; Luis, Chiquinho; Mario, Silva, Aursnes; Ramos

Inter: Onana(GK); D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko

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