Champions League: Inter Milan vs. FC Rubin Kazan

In Champions League, Football on December 7, 2009 at 10:32

By Joe,

Eto could be the man that will take Inter Milan into the last 16.

The other Milano side also needs a win to qualify for the next round of the Champions League knockout stages. Inter Milan will be hosting the Russian champions, Rubin Kazan, to the final match day decider for the second qualifying place in group F on Wednesday evening at the San Siro. Both teams are well aware of the situation and only victory would guratennee the safe passage to the next round.

Inter incurred a 2-1 defeat against Juventus away last weekend and gave way for both AC Milan and Juventus to close the gap at the top of Serie A. The Italian champion knows that a defeat or any draw above 2-2 score line will effectively put them out of the Champions League and into the Europa League. Maicon will return after being ban against Juventus and Eto will proable start as he scored in the weekend. This is the test that Jose Mourinho loves to prey on and he usually comes out on top unless it’s the Redmen from Liverpool.

Rubin Kazan won their domestic league last weekend and it looks like they are well rested for this ultimate tie against Inter. It will be their first time travelling to Italy facing one of the best teams in this tournament. If Rubin Kazan are to qualify then they know they have to win at all cost. It is their debut season in Champions League and what a way to start it by qualifying for the last 16. Although, their last outing against Dynamo Kiev ended 0-0 and that’s a result that will do no good for the Russian champion. Kazan will have to find their winning form on the night like the night they beat reigning champions, Barcelona.

Kazan are very unpredictable. They are a sort of team that is up for the challenge when it comes to big teams in Europe. The Russian will throw everything on Jose Mourinho and his men but would that be enough? Inter are favorites, no doubt, and they will dominate at the San Siro, question for them is that whether they are ready to be counter attacked by the quick pace Russians?

Champions League seven times winner, AC Milan, will need to do something drastic in order to go out of the tournament. The Italian will find a way to win the game and with their current form, it could be an easy Tuesday evening work done in the capital of Switzerland. Zurich will play their part and hopefully give a good show for their fans as a sending off for their support. Milan are favorites to win it.

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