Inter Milan Ready for Bayern Munich: Key Players To Look for
The return leg and final clash of the season between defending UEFA Champions League winner Inter Milan and Champions League runner-up Bayern Munich should be a spectacular one back in Bavaria on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich won 1-0 in the first leg in Milan on a late goal by Mario Gomez.
But Inter figures to come out with a more offensive looking side.
Inter played with four midfielders plus attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder in the first leg.
Coach Leonardo now may change things up and opt to go with Goran Pandev to join Samuel Eto’o in the attack.
He, too, might even start the match with just three in the back. Maicon and Christian Chivu are safe bets to start in the wing back spots. Lucio has been injured, but is expected to control the middle.
Leonardo has the luxury of being able to move multi-talented Javier Zanetti to left back, and Chivu into the center of the defense if needed.
Zanetti should start in the midfield with Esteban Cambiasso, Thiago Motta, and perhaps even Dejan Stankovic.
Bayern is also loaded with options. It is coming off of a 6-0 win over Hamburg on Saturday. Inter tied with Brescia 1-1 on Friday.
Which side will advance in the Champions League?
Daniel van Buyten is expected to start in the middle of the defense with Luiz Gustavo.
Phillip Lahm and Holger Badstuber should hold down the wing spots.
In the defensive midfield, expect to see Bastian Schweinsteiger. A number of players could start alongside him.
Bayern could go with a three-man attacking midfield with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Thomas Muller or Hamit Altintop. This would put some pressure on Inter’s backline, and might force Inter to use four in the back.
Mario Gomez or vetean Miroslav Klose figure to get the nod as the start lone "pure" striker.
Clearly, there will be 22 of the best players in the world on the pitch Tuesday night. One player that Inter will need to rely heavily on, if he makes the starting lineup, is Pandev. He would give Inter another striker that they did not have in the first leg.
Bayern, which needs to hold its lead, will need a big performance from its central defense.
A little more than a half a day remains before kickoff.
Only time will tell which star will shine brightest at the Allianz Arena.
Enjoy the match. It should be a treat.
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