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Inter Milan UCL Draw Recap

The Nerazzurri learn its European counterparts

FC Internazionale v FC Barcelona: Group F - UEFA Champions League Photo by Danilo Di Giovanni/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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.

FC Internazionale v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Europa League Semi Final
Inter celebrating a goal in the EL Semi-final against Shakhtar
Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

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.

Fixture List

*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