Inter have been given a tough Serie A draw once again, as they have been drawn in a group with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Slavia Prague.
The group is similar to last season when it was Barcelona, Spurs and Inter, with Inter finishing third. If Conte is going to navigate Inter to the knockout stages, he will have to take at least four points from Dortmund.
Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti said that Inter intend to “become protagonists again” in the Champions League.
“We return to Barcelona, we know the potential of that team, but we’ll fight for every point,” Zanetti told Sky Sport Italia.
“The other two teams in the group are strong, we can face them in the best way and hope to reach the start in good shape. This team was built to become protagonists again. That is why we chose Antonio Conte and built this team.
“Antonio certainly brought a strong mentality, you know the way he experiences football and he is able to pass that on to the team, as we saw in friendlies and the opening game of the season.
“We believe that we can fight it out with anyone in the Champions League. The first objective is to get through the group, then it’s a whole other tournament from the Round of 16 onwards. We’ll see how far we can go.”
The schedule has been released and Inter’s Champions League campaign kicks off at home against Slavia Prague, but they visit Barcelona on October 2 and host the Blaugrana on December 10.
Inter v Slavia Prague
Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona
Slavia Prague v Borussia Dortmund
Barcelona v Inter
Inter v Borussia Dortmund
Slavia Prague v Barcelona
Barcelona v Slavia Prague
Borussia Dortmund v Inter
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund
Slavia Prague v Inter
Inter v Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague