FC Internazionale Milano coach Rafael Benítez was certain a win against FC Twente would be "the first in a long series of victories" yet the Dutch side fancy their chances at San Siro.
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A Group A victory against FC Twente would secure FC Internazionale Milano's place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and relieve the pressure on Rafael Benítez's injury-ravaged side. However, having watched his team hold the European champions to a 2-2 draw in Enschede on Matchday 1, Twente coach Michel Preud'homme quietly fancies the Dutch titleholders' chances of getting a result at San Siro.
Rafael Benítez, Internazionale coach
This is a special game for us, because if we win we will qualify for the next round. We have to pay attention against Twente, because they are physically strong and dangerous, especially from set pieces. I don't even want to think about what would happen if we lose, because I only think about winning. If we play the way we can, we can beat anyone.
I am sure this is going to be the first in a long series of victories. The players are doing all they can, even if it's a quite tricky situation we are going through [Inter are without a win in their last five competitive outings]. We can still win everything, and when all our players are fit again I think we will do well. As always, things depend on us. I have worked in football for 25 years, so I know how things work. I worked with Valencia, Liverpool and now here. I can tell you that these players are united. I'm giving it 100% and the fans know it.
Michel Preud'homme, Twente coach
It is the best possible time to face Inter, but even with so many players missing they are tough opponents and they have a lot of interesting young players. They're still a great club. Their coach is under pressure, but we expect to face a good Inter side. We are not having an easy time either – we have lost two games in a row – but that is the league and this is something completely different.
I suppose Inter will play as they usually do, they will attack from the off and we will have to keep focused and play well from the first minute. We will look back to the home fixture to prepare for tomorrow's match. Being confident is always something positive, but we cannot forget we are playing against Inter.
Esteban Cambiasso (thigh) started against AC Chievo Verona on Sunday having been sidelined since 29 October. Coutinho (thigh), Cristian Chivu (groin), Diego Milito (thigh), Joel Obi (thigh) and Walter Samuel (knee ligaments) are all definitely out, along with Maicon (thigh), Sulley Muntari (calf) and goalkeeper Júlio César (thigh). Thiago Motta has shaken off a knee problem and is likely to be on the bench against Twente.
Defender Rasmus Bengtsson missed the weekend loss to AZ Alkmaar due to a groin complaint, but midfielder Theo Jansson is available again, with Preud'homme saying: "He's versatile and always does good things."
21/11/10 AC Chievo Verona 2-1 Inter
(Pellissier 29, Moscardelli 82; Eto'o 90+2)
Denis Alibec and Obiora Nwankwo, both 19, came on to make their Serie A debuts as Inter lost two consecutive league games for the first time since February 2006. They are five fixtures without a win in all competitions.
20/11/10 Twente 1-2 AZ Alkmaar
Twente's second successive Eredivisie reverse ended a club-record run of 36 home league outings without defeat, a sequence stretching back to a 2-0 loss against AFC Ajax on 1 November 2008.
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Benítez has never lost against Dutch opposition in the UEFA Champions League. During his time at Liverpool FC he registered five wins and a draw against PSV. He previously oversaw two draws against Ajax with Valencia CF.
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