Inter’s Europa League adventure will be a tough one as the Nerazzurri will face English Premier League side Southampton, Czech side Sparta Prague as well as Israeli champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti expects Inter to have success in Europe this season, telling Sky:
“Inter must be protagonists in the Europa Leauge.”
“Our history tells us that, because we’ve won the trophy many times and we want to do it again this time. It’s a challenging group.
“We’re facing teams who will make us sweat to make the next round, but we’re Inter and we hope to be protagonists in this competition.”
Inter’s Europa League Opponents
Sparta Prague reached the group stage by beating Danish side SonderjyskE in the play-offs.
They are coached by Zdenek Scasny, now in his second season at the helm.
Sparta play their home games at the Generali Arena.
Inter’s record in eight previous matches against Sparta Prague is three wins, two draws and three defeats. The last meeting dates back to 1969, Roberto Boninsegna scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.
Southampton were drawn from Pot 3. They’re playing in the Europa League group stage for the first time following a sixth-place finish in the Premier League last term.
Claude Puel was brought in as their manager at the start of the season after guiding Nice to fourth in Ligue 1 in 2015/16.
The Saints’ home ground is St. Mary’s Stadium.
Inter have never played the Southampton in a competitive fixture before.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva complete Group K. The Israeli champions dropped into the Europa League after narrowly losing their Champions League play-off with Celtic (4-5 on aggregate)
Barak Bakhar is the coach of Be’er Sheva and Elyaniv Barda the captain.
The Camels play their home matches at Turner Stadium, a 16,000 all-seater arena.
Inter’s Europa League Fixtures
15 September, INTER v Hapoel Be’er Sheva, 21.05 CET
29 September, Sparta Prague v INTER, 19:00 CET
20 October, INTER v Southampton, 19:00 CET
3 November, Southampton v INTER, 21:05 CET
24 November, Hapoel Be’er Sheva v INTER, 19.00 CET
8 December, INTER v Sparta Prague, 21:05 CET