Inter Milan team news and predicted XI vs Benfica

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Inter Milan return to San Siro on Wednesday with one foot in an all-Italian Champions League semi final as they welcome Benfica with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

Goals from Nico Barella and Romelu Lukaku ensured that they returned to Italy in the driving seat of the tie, and keeping alive their hopes of reaching a first Champions League final since 2010, when they lifted the trophy.

Should they progress, they will meet one of City rivals AC Milan or runaway Serie A leaders Napoli in an all-Italian clash, meaning that an Italian side other than Juventus will reach the final for the first time since the same year.

Here’s how we expect them to line up in a bid to defend their advantage.

Predicted XI

Team News

Inter have just one injury concern, with Milan Skriniar sidelined through injury and not expected back until the end of the month.

Matteo Darmian played on the right side of the back three in the game in Portugal, and is likely to continue in the role again at San Siro.

Any other selection changes from the first leg will come down to tactical choices, with Romelu Lukaku making a case to start after scoring as a substitute in the first game.

Having played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 home defeat to lowly Monza at the weekend, however, we think that the Belgian will once again be on the substitutes bench, with Edin Dzeko restored to the frontline.

Elswhere, Marcelo Brozovic could be brought in to stiffen the midfield with a lead already established, while Robin Gosens could also be preferred to Gianluca di Marco, though the latter has pushed the German out of contention for the most part this season.

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