FC Internazionale Milano will look to keep their UEFA Champions League title defence alive when they visit FC Bayern München for the concluding instalment of their round of 16 tie.
• Inter got the better of Bayern in last season's final and avoided defeat on their two previous visits to Munich but Louis van Gaal's men have been in excellent form at home over the past two campaigns, recording seven straight wins in the UEFA Champions League.
• Furthermore, Inter must hope to become only the second team in the UEFA Champions League era to overturn a home first-leg defeat after Mario Gomez scored the only goal at San Siro in the 90th minute.
• Bayern are seeking to avenge their UEFA Champions League final defeat by Inter last year which brought the Nerazzurri their first European crown in 45 years and third overall.
• Two Diego Milito goals (34, 70) secured a victory for José Mourinho's Inter at the Santiago Bernabéu on 22 May. The full lineups were:
Bayern: Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Robben, Van Bommel, Schweinsteiger, Altıntop (Klose 63), Müller, Olić (Gomez 74).
Inter: Júlio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Samuel, Chivu (Stanković 68), Zanetti, Cambiasso, Sneijder, Eto'o, Milito (Materazzi 90), Pandev (Muntari 79).
• The teams also met in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage. Felix Magath's Bayern won 2-0 at Inter in September 2006 through goals from Claudio Pizarro (81) and Lukas Podolski (90+1), with Inter reduced to nine men by the dismissals of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Fabio Grosso. Patrick Vieira's added-time equaliser earned Roberto Mancini's visitors a 1-1 draw in the Munich return, cancelling out Roy Makaay's opener.
• Bayern beat Inter in the clubs' only previous two-legged contest in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup third round, thanks to a spectacular comeback. Aldo Serena (60) and Nicola Berti (71) gave Inter a 2-0 first-leg win in Munich but Bayern hit back, scoring three goals in eight first-half minutes in Milan through Roland Wohlfarth (33), Klaus Augenthaler (37) and Jürgen Wegmann (40). Although Serena (45) pulled one back, Bayern's 3-1 win took them through on away goals.
• Jupp Heynckes was then in charge of Bayern with Giovanni Trapattoni, a future coach of the Bavarian club, at the Inter helm.
• Bayern have already got the better of one visiting Italian team in this season's competition, defeating AS Roma 2-0 on Matchday 1. It was their second home win of 2010 against Serie A opposition after they beat ACF Fiorentina 2-1 in last term's round of 16, eventually winning the tie on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.
• Bayern's overall home record against sides from Italy is W6 D5 L4.
• Away from home in the group stage Inter drew 2-2 at FC Twente, then lost at Tottenham Hotspur FC (1-3) and SV Werder Bremen (0-3).
• That defeat in Bremen in December means they have failed to win on their last four visits to Germany. Their last away success against Bundesliga opponents was a 2-0 victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League second group stage in 2002/03, from which the only survivors are Iván Córdoba and Javier Zanetti.
• Inter's record away to German opposition is W4 D7 L4.
• Since the group stage ended Inter have added the FIFA Club World Cup to their trophy collection, the final act of Rafael Benítez's reign before he was replaced by Leonardo.
• For Leonardo this is only his second experience of UEFA Champions League football as a coach, after he led AC Milan to the round of 16 last season. Van Gaal is in his ninth campaign.
• Bayern have won all 20 of the UEFA competition ties in which they have won the first leg away, including all five in which the opening match finished 1-0. Their most recent triumphs after a 1-0 first-leg victory came in their 2000/01 UEFA Champions League campaign when Bayern beat Manchester United FC (quarter-finals) and Real Madrid CF (semi-final), both 2-1 at home, en route to lifting the trophy.
• Only once in the UEFA Champions League era – in the 1995/96 semi-finals, when AFC Ajax recovered from losing 1-0 at home to Panathinaikos FC with a 3-0 away triumph – has a team turned round a tie after a home first-leg defeat.
• Inter have won only two of the six UEFA competition ties in which they have lost the first leg at home and have come back to win the tie having been beaten 1-0 at home only once, against FC TPS Turku in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup second round (2-0 away). Their other three 1-0 home first-leg defeats preceded aggregate losses.
• Bayern's shoot-out record in UEFA club competition is:
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidaberg FF, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round
• Inter's record is:
1-4 v FC Schalke 04, 1996/97 UEFA Cup final
5-3 v Grazer AK, 1996/97 UEFA Cup second round
3-4 v Aston Villa FC, 1994/95 UEFA Cup first round
5-4 v Celtic FC, 1971/72 European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-final
• Van Gaal twice faced Italian opposition in the UEFA Champions League final with Ajax. In 1995 his team overcame Milan 1-0, losing the following season's showpiece to Juventus after a penalty shoot-out. Van Gaal also guided Ajax to victory against Torino FC in the 1992 UEFA Cup final.
• Lúcio played for Bayern between 2004 and 2009, winning the Bundesliga title and German Cup three times. He appeared alongside Jorg Bütt in the Leverkusen side beaten in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final.
• Arjen Robben got the better of Júlio César, Maicon and Lúcio when the Netherlands beat Brazil 2-1 in last year's FIFA World Cup quarter-final thanks to two goals from Inter's Wesley Sneijder.
• Dejan Stanković was in the Serbia side that beat Germany in the group stage of the World Cup. Sulley Muntari was a substitute for Ghana in their 1-0 loss to Germany in the same section.
• Eto'o scored a penalty for Cameroon in a 2-1 defeat by Robben's Netherlands in last year's World Cup group stage.
• Milito and Walter Samuel were on the bench when Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals in South Africa with goals from Thomas Müller and Miroslav Klose (2).
• Lúcio and Klose were on opposing sides as Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final.
• Marco Materazzi helped Italy overcome Franck Ribéry's France on penalties in the 2006 World Cup final, scoring Italy's goal in a 1-1 draw and converting their second penalty in a 5-3 shoot-out win.
• Netherlands colleagues Robben and Sneijder played together also at Real Madrid CF before joining Bayern and Inter respectively in 2009.
• On 9 February a Germany team including Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Müller and Klose drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly international in Dortmund, Klose scoring the home team's goal. Andrea Ranocchia and Thiago Motta featured for the visitors.
• Austrian midfielder Christoph Knasmüllner swapped Bayern for Inter in the January transfer window, although he is not in their UEFA Champions League squad.
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