The last few matches for Inter Milan have left much to desire for fans and the club.
Last season, the Nerazzurri started strong – a 16-match unbeaten streak – followed by a January collapse that found Inter needing to win the last match of the season just to finish fourth in Serie A.
Now, Inter Milan hope for some redemption as they take on Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia Thursday at the Giuseppe Meazza. Inter are hoping for a turnaround of their fortunes and to erase last season’s exit in the Coppa at the hands of AC Milan.
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Ironically, the last time Inter lost to Lazio in any competition was in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia exactly two years ago to the day.
For this Thursday’s match up, Inter boss Luciano Spalletti will have close to a full side with only right back Sime Vrsaljko and Keita Balde out with injury.
But, the Nerazzurri have one big struggle … scoring goals.
It seems Inter spent all of their goals in a 6-2 win over Benevento in the Coppa round of 16 two weeks ago.
In their previous two matches Inter has shown a propensity to make errant passes and mistakes in all parts of the pitch. Against Torino, their passing percentage was south of 70 percent. Additionally, striker Mauro Icardi was non-existent in both matches and he was unable to find any space in the front third.
Spalletti attempted to play both Lautaro Martinez and Icardi up front against Torino last weekend to no avail. Only Martinez had solid looks at goal, but even those were left lacking.
Inter is going to have to find its offense if it has any hopes of snapping their recent skid and advancing in the Coppa – their likely only real chance at this point to earn any hardware this season.
Projected lineup: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoah; Politano, Vecino, Brozovic, Mario, Perisic; Icardi
Lazio has not been the juggernaut it has usually been and their struggles have been similar to those of Inter Milan.
Like Inter, Lazio has lost their last two matches, the only difference being they have at least found the back of the net in those losses.
Outside of a 4-1 win over Novara in the Coppa round of 16, Lazio has scored five goals in their last four matches, but the defense has conceded five in the same span.
Their recent run of poor form has seen them drop from as high as fourth to eighth in Serie A.
The biggest thing for Lazio heading into Thursday will be the loss of midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is out after picking up a yellow card in a 2-1 loss to Juventus.
Simone Inzaghi will also be without midfielder Adam Marusic and defenders Patric and Luiz Felipe.
Projected lineup: Strakosha; Bastos, Wallace, Radu, Lucas; Parolo, Lulic, Berisha; Alberto, Immobile, Correa
Time and Date: 3 p.m. EST (8 p.m. local), Thursday, January 31, 2019
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milan)
How to watch: In the United States, the match will be on ESPN+. In the United Kingdom, you can watch the match live on BT Sport Live and BT Sport 1. If you are in Italy, the match will be on Lazio Style Channel (whatever that is), RAI Play and RAI Due.
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