Inzaghi & Dimarco pre-Champions League press conference: Inter go to Atletico Madrid to win, not hold on

Looking to preserve and build on their first-leg lead away at Atletico Madrid, Inter's Simone Inzaghi and Federico Dimarco believe the Nerazzurri are ready for the challenge that awaits in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.

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ESTADIO CIVITAS METROPOLITANO (Madrid)Simone Inzaghi is confident that his Inter won’t just look to hold onto their one-goal lead over Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16. Inzaghi believes his Nerazzurri are ready for a “complicated game against a team that are completely transformed at home”.

Following on from Diego Simeone‘s press conference earlier in the day, Inzaghi was joined by Federico Dimarco for his pre-match press duties at the Estadio Civitas Metropolitano on Tuesday, and stressed that his side are ready to “handle the difficult periods” that will present themselves.

“If we look back at our season, we’ve had good games against different types of opponents, from those who press high to those who are more cautious,” Inzaghi said.

“We can’t know how Atletico will play tomorrow, they can rely on a versatile squad with a lot of high-quality players. It will be an intense game and we have to be ready to handle the difficult moments that we’ll be presented with.”

Inzaghi also admitted that he had some doubts of his own about his own Inter starting XI, particularly in defence and midfield.

“I still have to make some choices, because Francesco Acerbi has just returned from injury and Stefan de Vrij has played brilliantly,” Inzaghi added.

Davide Frattesi is back to his best form as well, so I could rest another midfielder to allow him to play. My only concerns relate to the players ruled out by injuries such as Carlos Augusto and Marko Arnautovic, who proved crucial in the first leg.”

Dimarco, instead, looked rather unimpressed when he had Atletico Madrid‘s impressive home record put to him, insisting this won’t affect the Inter‘s mindset coming into Wednesday’s game.

“We’re prepared to find ourselves in a hostile environment, but I don’t see much difference between the support they’ll enjoy tomorrow and the one we got from our crowd in the first game,” the wing-back said, somewhat dismissively.

Inter defender Federico Dimarco celebrates a goal. (Photo: Inter Facebook)

“I think there’s little difference in the Champions League – there are no issues as long as you face the games with the same approach home and away.”

On the other hand, Inzaghi looked considerably more wary of Atleti‘s strength at Estadio Civitas Metropolitano but also echoed his player in saying that would not change his or his players’ attitudes.

“Their striking home record is a matter of fact – they would be top of La Liga if only home games counted,” the manager said.

“We know the Metropolitano can give them that extra bit. Although we have a slight advantage after the first game we won’t be settling for that and will try to play our game.”

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