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Champions League Group B preview: Inter seek season kickstart

17 October 2011 10:11

Inter Milan will look to get their season back on track when they travel to take on Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Serie A giants continued to struggle in their league campaign, falling 2-1 at Catania on Saturday and slipping to 17th on the table.

While they have struggled in the league, Inter sit second in Group B thanks to their 3-2 win over CSKA Moscow last month.

That came after a shock 1-0 loss at home to Turkish side Trabzonspor, six days after they had sacked manager Gian Piero Gasperini.

Claudio Ranieri's reign has started slowly but he will be keen to ensure they progress from the group stages.

Argentine striker Diego Milito has scored just once in his last six outings, and he will need to start finding the net if Inter are to resurrect their poor start.

With Giampaolo Pazzini also struggling, Ranieri could hand Mauro Zarate a start in France.

Lille's confidence has continued to grow and the Ligue 1 champions moved into fourth after a 3-1 win over Auxerre on Saturday.

Belgian attacker Eden Hazard, who has reportedly caught the eye of Spanish giants Real Madrid, will need to play a key role if Lille are to come away with a positive result.

Striker Moussa Sow has also been in form up front, netting in his last two outings, while former Liverpool attacker Joe Cole is also likely to threaten.

Lille need a result after picking up consecutive draws, while Inter may settle for a point with two of their last three games at home.

In the other game, CSKA Moscow host an in-form Trabzonspor who are surprise leaders in Group B.

CSKA sit second in the Russian Premier League despite playing out two draws since their loss to Inter, and they will need to make the most of their home ground advantage against a Trabzonspor team that is unbeaten in their last five outings.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
18 October 2011
Game week
3
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
21' G. Pazzini
 (assist by M. Zárate)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
16
25
2
18
22 43'
26
4
24
17 55'
10
8
Coach: R. Garcia

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7
11
5
30
14
21
27
# Player Bookings
20
5
22
12
16
42
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