FC Internazionale Milano welcome FC Bayern München for the first leg of a round of 16 tie that provides a repeat of last season's UEFA Champions League final.
• For Bayern it is an early opportunity to avenge their defeat in a final that Inter won 2-0 to claim their first European crown in 45 years, and third overall. The Bavarian side can take heart from history, having won on their two previous trips to Milan to face Inter.
• This match marks Inter's first in the UEFA Champions League since Leonardo replaced Rafael Benítez as coach in December. José Mourinho, architect of their victory against Bayern at the Santiago Bernabéu, left the club last summer.
• Two Diego Milito goals (35, 70) secured Inter's triumph against Bayern on 22 May last year. 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 UEFA Champions League in the 2006/07 group stage. Felix Magath's Bayern won 2-0 at Inter in September 2006 through goals from Claudio Pizarro (81) and Lukas Podoski (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 the return 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 enter the contest with a superior record in this season's competition, having topped Group E with five wins. Only Real Madrid CF managed more than their 15 points and only Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC scored more than Bayern's 16 goals.
• Inter finished behind Tottenham in Group A with three wins, one draw and two defeats. Although beaten twice away, they are undefeated in ten UEFA Champions League home games and have won the last seven, including a 4-0 success against Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 2.
• Inter's home record against German visitors is: W10 D1 L4.
• Since the group stage ended, Inter have added the FIFA Club World Cup to their trophy collection – the final act of Benítez's reign.
• For Leonardo this is only the second experience of UEFA Champions League football as a coach, after he led AC Milan to the round of 16 last season. Van Gaal, by contrast, is in his ninth campaign.
• Bayern suffered two 3-2 defeats on Italian soil in 2010. They went down at ACF Fiorentina in the 2009/10 round of 16 but advanced on away goals thanks to a 2-1 first-leg success. On Matchday 5 this season, with qualification already secured, they surrendered a two-goal lead to lose at AS Roma. Their last victory in Italy was a 4-1 success at Juventus in December 2009.
• Bayern's overall record away to Italian opposition is: W4 D2 L9.
• Inter lost the 1996/97 UEFA Cup final to FC Schalke 04 on penalties at San Siro after the sides had each won 1-0 at home.
• Bayern coach Van Gaal twice faced Italian opposition in the UEFA Champions League final with AFC Ajax. In 1995 his Ajax team overcame Milan 1-0, before 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 Bayer 04 Leverkusen side beaten in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final.
• 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 group.
• Eto'o scored a penalty for Cameroon in a 2-1 defeat against Arjen 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 Miroslav Klose were on opposing sides as Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final.
• Marco Materazzi heped 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 also played together 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.
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