Is this true? Is Inter Milan really not in a group of death in the Champions League? With great relief I can confirm the good news. Antonio Conte’s side was drawn with Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Borussia Mönchengladbach, avoiding the type of groups we’ve seen in recent years. You have no idea (well, if you’re reading this you probably do) what is was like seeing the Bayern/Atletico spot go by unfilled until poor Salzburg was sacrificed right before Inter’s turn.
Madrid comes from Pot 1 as La Liga champions, and should provide a major test for the Nerazzurri. Shakhtar Donetsk is from Pot 2, but Inter was able to beat it 5-0 in the Europa League. Hopefully similar results will be the case this time around, though I doubt we’ll see such lopsided scorelines. Meanwhile German side Borussia Mönchengladbach closes things out from Pot 4. It finished 4th in last year’s Bundesliga, and although it won’t be easy, Inter should pick up results in both games.
Inter has a superior squad than both Shakhtar and Mönchengladbach so the Nerazzurri would be very disappointed to not go through to the knockout stages. First may be a step too far, though anything can happen and Inter’s excellent squad depth looks to be a potential game-changer.
*Inter’s specific schedule will be released Friday. All games are on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
October 20th/21st: Group stage, Matchday 1
October 27th/28th: Group stage, Matchday 2
November 3rd/4th: Group stage, Matchday 3
November 24th/25th: Group stage, Matchday 4
December 1st/2nd: Group stage, Matchday 5
December 8th/9th: Group stage, Matchday 6
December 14th: Round of 16 draw
February 16th/17th/23rd/24th: Round of 16, first leg
March 9th/10th/16th/17th: Round of 16, second leg
March 19th: Quarter-final and semi-final draws
April 6th/7th: Quarter-finals, first leg
April 13th/14th: Quarter-finals, second leg
April 27th/28th: Semi-finals, first leg
May 4th/5th: Semi-finals, second leg
May 29th: Final – Atatürk Olympic Stadium