Inter will face Eintracht Frankfurt at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in Milan, in the Europa League 1/8-Finals second leg. Inter against Eintracht Frankfurt is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Internazionale this year is looking strong and confident, especially playing at home pitch. They lost only 2 games at home in Serie A and now is fighting for 3rd or even second place in Italy. Unfortunately, they lost to Lazio and been kicked off out of the Coppa Italia in the quarter-final. They played strongly in the Champions League group stage. However, Tottenham finished at second position with the same amount of points and they were promoted to Europa League. Inter won last 3 home matches by scoring 8 and conceding only 1 goal. In addition, Inter has kept a clean sheet in their last 3 Europa League matches. In total, Internazionale feels great, as they have strong and talented players, strong defense and dangerous attackers.
The main question before the match is Mauro Icardi. The captain of the team and leading goalscorer is under the question if he joins the squad in the most important match of the season or not. Moreover, Sime Vrsaljko, Radja Nainggolan, and Miranda will miss the match due to injuries for sure. In addition, Kwado Asamoah and Lutauro Martinez are suspended due to the accumulation of bookings in the Europa League.
The club from Milan is strong at attacking set pieces, creating chances through individual skill and defending set pieces. However, they are showing weaknesses at stopping opponents from creating chances and aerial duels. Very likely, that in Milan they will play possessional football, attempt crosses often and play non-aggressive football.
Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the most interesting and perspective clubs of this season. They have great and potential players in their team. Now, this club stands at 5th position and have only 3 points left to 4th place and ticket to Champions League. Eintracht is undefeated in last 11 matches in all competitions and has won 4 of 5 last matches. In Bundesliga, they collected 11 points in last 5 matches and won 3 matches in a row conceding only against Hoffenheim. L. Jovic and S. Haller are two of the best attackers and leading players of the team with 29 together scored goals and 14 assists made. Great duo in the attack can score goals in almost all situations and make a result even against strongest teams.
Lucas Torro will miss the match due to injury. Gelson Fernandes will miss the match due to the accumulation of bookings in Europa League. Ante Rebic, Timothy Chandler and David Abraham are under the question if they will play this most important match of the season.
Eintracht Frankfurt is very strong this year at counter attacks, aerial duels, and finishing scoring chances. However, they are facing troubles at keeping possession of the ball and avoiding the offside. Very likely that they will play by counter-attacks often, attack through the middle and will play on their own half.
The first game between these teams finished with 0:0 result. Inter lost their strongest chances to score by M. Brozovic missing the penalty kick. In total teams played attacking waves, as they divided to different half. First half was totally controlled by Internazionale, as they had 58% ball possession and 10 goal attempts. Second half Eintracht Frankfurt took control and possessed 64% of the time and had 12 goals attempts with more created chances. Unfortunately, in the end, nobody managed to score a single goal.
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