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Time is right for Mourinho's Inter

It is almost a year since FC Internazionale Milano last won in the UEFA Champions League but, after impressing at the weekend, José Mourinho is confident they can overcome FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Time is right for Mourinho's Inter
Time is right for Mourinho's Inter ©UEFA.com

It is almost a year since FC Internazionale Milano last won in the UEFA Champions League but, after impressing in a 5-0 weekend win at Genoa CFC, José Mourinho is confident the Nerazzurri can end that run against FC Dynamo Kyiv. The Portuguese has encouraged his players to "enjoy the moment" while his opposite number Valeri Gazzaev warned: "The domestic league and the Champions League are two different competitions."

José Mourinho, Inter coach
There are four matches left to play in the group so I wouldn't say this result will be decisive, but it will be very important because if we win we will gain confidence and play the remaining games without fear. Otherwise, there will be even more pressure on us. We have obtained different results in the league and in Europe, but this team has all it needs to do well in the Champions League as well. After the important victory at Genoa, the best way to get ready for this game is not to rest or change players; the secret is to enjoy the moment. Dynamo are a complete team. They're physically strong, they have good players and they are well-organised because their coach is good. Moreover they're dangerous on the flanks. Then they have one of the best Ukrainian strikers, Milevskiy, plus Shevchenko.

Valeri Gazzaev, Dynamo coach
We're in good condition but unfortunately [goalkeeper] Shovkovskiy didn't travel with us because he suffered an injury while on international duty. [Defender] Ghioane won't play either. Everbody knows Inter are the strongest team in Italy and they are getting better and better. Of course they don't always play at their best, but they have found consistency in the league. They are really strong and we respect them. Their victory at Genoa on Saturday proved their strength, but that performance doesn't mean they will play the same way against us. The domestic league and the Champions League are two different competitions and usually teams play differently in Europe.

Weekend results
17/10/09 Genoa CFC 0-5 Inter
(Cambiasso 6, Balotelli 31, Stanković 45, Vieira 66, Maicon 71)

• Esteban Cambiasso, Mario Balotelli and Patrick Vieira scored their first goals of the season. It was the first time Inter have scored five since winning 5-2 at Calcio Catania on 25 February 2007.

17/10/09 Dynamo 2-1 FC Obolon Kyiv
(Milevskiy 74, Shevchenko 80; Yavorskiy 72)

• For the second Premier League match in succession, Andriy Shevchenko scored the winning goal in a Kyiv derby following the 1-0 win over FC Arsenal Kyiv on 4 October.

Team news
Out: Marco Materazzi (thigh), Thiago Motta (thigh)
Doubtful: Diego Milito (thigh), Samuel Eto'o (foot)
Suspended: Mario Balotelli
Misses next match if booked: none

Out: Badr El Kaddouri (ankle), Andriy Nesmachniy (knee), Olexandr Shovkovskiy (stomach), Tiberiu Ghioane (thigh), Goran Sabljić, Pape Diakhate
Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked: Gérson Magrão

• Olexandr Rybka had a slight ankle injury but is likely to be on the bench with Stanislav Bogush replacing Shovkovskiy between the posts.

• Inter are looking to kick-start their Group F campaign following draws with FC Barcelona (0-0) and FC Rubin Kazan (1-1). Gazzaev is also seeking a response from Dynamo after the 3-1 home win against Rubin was followed by a 2-0 reverse at the Camp Nou.

• Inter and Dynamo met in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage. Inter won 2-1 at San Siro on 30 September 2003 before the return was drawn 1-1 on 10 December. Both teams needed to win to reach the last 16.

• Shevchenko twice played a key role in knocking Inter out of the UEFA Champions League. He scored the 'away' goal when Milan defeated their rivals in the 2002/03 semi-final en route to winning the trophy.

• He also struck in both legs of the Milan clubs' quarter-final in 2004/05. After helping Milan earn a 2-0 first-leg win, he put the Rossoneri ahead in the return although it was subsequently abandoned because of crowd trouble with Milan awarded a 3-0 victory.

Did you know?
Including that game, Shevchenko scored 14 times in all competitions for Milan against Inter.