It is the biggest game of the Suning reign. Inter versus PSV Eindhoven Tuesday at the Giuseppe Meazza
With Group B winners Barcelona leading on 13 points, the Nerazzurri sit level on seven points with Tottenham, who lead them on away goals in direct clashes, but are to visit the Spanish giants.
Beat PSBV at home is Inter’s best option to qualify for the knockout stages, although a draw could be enough if Spurs lose at the Camp Nou.
Advancing in the competition will give Inter the financial boost that they need as they aim to end the FFP restrictions on the club. It would also be a statement that the Suning project is on-track and moving forward.
Failure could result in Inter having to sell one of its stars next summer, and questions will be asked about the long-term future of Luciano Spalletti
A win however would boost the Nerazzurri’s morale after a 1-0 defeat at Serie A leaders Juventus left them pondering their weak spots as they fell 14 points from the top.
“We could have got a better result (in Turin),” centre-back Milan Skriniar said, “but we’ll try to take heart from the good things we did: on Tuesday evening we have to win at San Siro in front of our fans, who are always fantastic.”
Support has not faltered at the Meazza, with an average of 64,000 fans attending home game, with Inter winning five of their seven league matches there and only losing against promoted Parma.
Still, the fans hope for improvements that coach Luciano Spalletti has struggled to obtain in his second season in Milan.
“We did quite well in the game,” Spalletti said after the Juve match. “The team played some great football but we got things wrong at certain times, which cannot happen against Juventus.”
Against PSV, fans expect more from captain Mauro Icardi, who did not fire a single shot in Turin.
Winger Ivan Perisic, tallied four miscued shots against Juventus, and like many of the Croatian stars this summer, he has struggled to get back to the form of lat season.
The crucial midfield package remains without new signing Radja Nainggolan, who awaits recovery from injury along with Matias Vecino.
Bbut Marcelo Brozovic, a Perisic’s compatriot, has notably improved this season and should play alongside the expert Borja Valero.