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Inter Milan faces squad challenges ahead of Champions League

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Players will have to be left off the squad for European tournament.

FC Internazionale v Torino FC - Serie A
Matias Vecino of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Torino FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 26, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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While the draw is now set along with the schedule, perhaps the biggest challenge for Inter Milan heading into the 2018/19 Champions League competition will be who gets to play and who is left off.

Due to an earlier Financial Fair Play ruling by UEFA, the Nerazzurri must trim their squad to 22 players — two of which have to be academy products.

With a non-academy roster of 24, Inter has to trim three off the roster, including one player who accounts for €20 million or more on the books will also have to be part of the cut.

Tuttosport is reporting that goalkeeper Tommaso Berni will likely be left off the squad and Raffaele De Gennaro will be put in his place as De Gennaro is an academy product and has returned from his loan to Spezia.

It is also likely that midfielder Joao Mario could be left off the squad just because of his over-the-summer attitude and lack of playing with the group. Additionally, he cost Inter nearly €44 million.

So, that leaves Roberto Gagliardini, Matias Vecino, Antonio Candreva and Henrique Dalbert on the block. All of them cost at or more than €20 million.

Inter was drawn into Group B with Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona. Play begins on Sept. 18 when Inter will host Tottenham at the San Siro.


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