To advance to a matchup with either Real Madrid or Manchester City in Istanbul, Inter must avoid a meltdown in the second leg of their all-Italian tie.
After seeing his team dominate the first leg yet lose multiple opportunities to humiliate their cross-town rivals, Inzaghi was in a confident frame of mind.
“We played a brilliant first half, but it’s a tight scoreline for what we did out there,” Inzaghi told the press.
The game was well-managed in the second half, too. The boys did a terrific job of covering the entire pitch, save for (Sandro) Tonali’s shot that struck the post.
We feel quite satisfied after a very good night, but we still need one more thing to realize a dream we’ve had since August.
“Seven days are still left.We are aware that we still have a minor step to take.
Rafael Leao, the outstanding player for Milan who missed Wednesday’s game with a thigh injury, might be available for Tuesday’s second leg.
Although the 23-year-old’s possible comeback the following week does not concern Inzaghi, Milan’s assault heavily relies on Leao, and his absence made Inter’s job easier.
Leao has played in many derbies, both with and without us, according to Inzaghi.
He’s a wonderful player who is crucial for them, but it won’t affect our game plan.
Despite the two-goal deficit and having to play as the nominal away side at the San Siro, Milan coach Stefano Pioli stated that his team still has confidence in their ability to turn the situation around on Tuesday.
The game next week will be very difficult for both teams psychologically since we have a chance to go to the final, Pioli told reporters. “I know my guys, and I believe we can do better…
“We have a chance to put them under pressure, score some goals, and make things right.
It won’t be easy; it will be challenging. It will be challenging, but we must have faith because football has shown us that you can get beyond any challenge.