Match Today: Inter Milan vs Viktoria Plzen 13-09-2022 UEFA Champions League
Inter Milan will be keen to cross the mark in the Champions League this season when they travel to the Czech Republic to face Viktoria Plzen.
Italian giants Inter Milan have not enjoyed their best start to the 2022/23 season, having lost three of their last five matches in all competitions.
One of the losses was the 2-0 defeat to German champions Bayern Munich in the opening match of the Champions League, where the Nerazzurri received a football lesson.
Immersed in the group of death that also includes Barcelona, Inter Milan now have the perfect chance to put points on the board against champion Viktoria Plzen.
Obviously, the Czech team are boys in the group, and Inter will listen carefully to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Losing to Bayern is one thing, but falling short against Viktoria Plzen would be appalling.
Inter Milan vs Viktoria Plzen
Simone Inzaghi is not old-fashioned and has collapsed at times in the face of adversity. The Italian coach's insistence on holding on to 3-5-2 without a plan made the Nerazzurri somewhat predictable. While it's hard to see Inzaghi change his style this week, he has the advantage of having a better side on paper.
Quality and strength in depth should explain something, however Victoria Plzen doesn't have much to lose, and despite losing to Barcelona in the first match, she showed promising signs of intent, When they play in front of their home fans, the Czech giants will be sure to land in the scalp and throw their name into the hat in the Round of 16. Inter are there, and the burden will be on Inzaghi and his comrades.
Viktoria Plzen vs Inter Milan
Meanwhile, this is the first meeting between Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen. Inter Milan have only traveled to the Czech Republic once in the Champions League, this happened during their 3-1 win over Slavia Prague in the 2018/19 group stage.
Viktoria Plzen has won the last eight home matches and scored at least two goals in each of them.
Viktoria Plzen has lost only once in her last 19 home matches in Europe, coming back 5-0 against Real Madrid in 2018.
Victory on the night would see Inter Milan win consecutive away matches in the competition for the first time since 2011. It was the lowest of any side in the opening round of matches.
Simone Inzaghi will miss star striker Romelu Lukaku as he continues to recover from injury The Inter Milan coach has a full-strength squad to choose from in what could be considered a must-win game.
Inzaghi's men were among the best in Italy last season but this time they have lost an aura of invulnerability. The main reason may be the Italian coach's excessive 3-5-2 system use, Inter seldom lined up in a different formation and often only choose to switch players with the same tactics.