When: Tuesday, January 31 2:45pm ET/ 8:45pm CET
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy.
Another win, this time against Pescara, extends Inter's spectacular winning streak. In the league, Inter have shown just how good they can be when they are firing on all cylinders and may be able to reach even higher. Stefano Pioli certainly believes this, revealing after the Pescara game that "We are doing good things but I’m sure we can do better." With Pioli at the helm, Inter have been flying high and have been almost unstoppable.
This cup match against Lazio will force Inter to pull their focus from the league for this midweek clash. Inter may be pushing up the table and vying for a Champions League place, but they should not overlook the Coppa. Any potential silverware should be targeted by the club if it truly has high aspirations and any fan would appreciate seeing the team lift its first silverware in a long time.
That said this will not come easy. Lazio is a strong team and we are not only competing with them tomorrow in the Coppa, but we are also competing with them for the rest of the season in the league. Lazio have talent throughout their ranks and should be treated with great respect. The team may have lost two league games in a row, but one of these was to Juventus and the other loss came against Chievo Verona where they got a whopping 28 shots off.
This will definitely be a competitive game between the two sides. Both are hoping to get into the next knockout round of the Coppa and neither will concede defeat without a fight. If Inter Milan want to progress into the semi finals of this competition then we will need to be on form to defeat this highly capable side from Rome.
With the Derby d'Italia coming up this weekend there will be fears over the focus of the players. Such a big game can distract players from the task at hand and lead to a loss of focus. Pioli may choose to rest several players that he plans on using for this crucial league match. If the team wants to extend their winning streak further than this competition must be taken seriously.
Lazio will be getting Keita Balde back from the African Cup of Nations and may look to use him off the bench as an impact sub. Immobile who missed Lazio's midweek clash will most likely get the nod especially because he was able to get a goal of his own in the last round of this competition. Lazio have plenty of deadly options up front and could cause havoc throughout the game.
Probable Starting XIs
Inter (4-2-3-1): Carrizo; Ansaldi, Medel, Murillo, D'Ambrosio; Brozovic, Kondogbia; Eder, Banega, Candreva; Palacio.
Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha; Lukaku, Wallace, Hoedt, Patric; Biglia, Parolo, Lulic; Lombardi, Immobile, Anderson.
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