PSV Eindhoven are aiming to bounce back from a heavy opening defeat against Inter, buoyed by a late turnaround.
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PSV Eindhoven are looking to bounce back from a heavy opening defeat as Internazionale Milano visit the Netherlands buoyed by their own positive start to the new UEFA Champions League season.
• While the Dutch champions were succumbing 4-0 at Barcelona in their first Group B fixture, their joint heaviest away defeat in the competition, late goals from UEFA Champions League debutants Mauro Icardi and Matías Vecino enabled Inter to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory at home to Tottenham.
• Inter were victorious in the clubs' only past fixtures, in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage. Two Zlatan Ibrahimović goals secured a 2-0 victory at San Siro, before Julio Cruz's effort gave Inter the points in the Netherlands.
• The Eindhoven club claimed their 24th Dutch league title in 2017/18 – the third time in four seasons they have lifted the Eredivisie crown.
• This is PSV's 16th season in the group stage – more than any other Dutch side. They qualified by beating Belarusian champions BATE Borisov 6-2 on aggregate in the play-offs (3-2 away, 3-0 home).
• The Eindhoven club failed to win a game in their last group appearance, in 2016/17 (D2 L4), and have not won in their last nine UEFA Champions League fixtures, group stage to final (D4 L5).
• PSV's last home win in the competition proper was a 2-1 defeat of CSKA Moskva in December 2015. They won all three home games in that 2015/16 group stage; their record since then is D2 L2 with just one goal scored.
• PSV's 2017/18 European campaign lasted only one tie – they lost 1-0 home and away to Croatian club Osijek in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
• European Cup winners in 1988, PSV have reached the UEFA Champions League knockout stage only four times – most recently in 2015/16, when they got to the last 16.
• PSV are unbeaten in their last three games at home to Serie A sides (W1 D2), and boast the record W7 D2 L3 in home games with Italian clubs overall.
• Fourth in Serie A in 2017/18, Inter are the last Italian team to win the UEFA Champions League, in 2010 – their third European Cup triumph, and first in 45 years.
• This is the 12th time Inter have been in the group stage – but the first since 2011/12.
• Inter have progressed from their group in their last eight UEFA Champions League campaigns.
• Inter did not take part in UEFA competition in 2017/18; their most recent European campaign came the previous season, when they failed to progress from their UEFA Europa League group.
• The Nerazzurri last visited the Netherlands for a 2-2 draw at Twente in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage, extending their unbeaten run away to Eredivisie clubs to six matches (W2 D4).
• Home and away, Inter are unbeaten in nine matches against Dutch sides (W6 D3), since a 1-0 home loss against Feyenoord in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup semi-final first leg (2-3 aggregate).
Links and trivia
• PSV's Trent Sainsbury spent the second half of 2016/17 on loan at Inter, making one appearance to become the first Australian ever to play for the club.
• Inter's Dutch international Stefan de Vrij scored seven goals in 135 Eredivisie matches for Feyenoord between 2009 and 2014.
• Summer transfers
In: Denzel Dumfries (Heerenveen), Nick Viergever (Ajax), Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle)*, Angeliño (Manchester City), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Érick Gutiérrez (CF Pachuca)
Out: Sam Lammers (Heerenveen, loan), Santiago Arias (Atlético), Joshua Brenet (Hoffenheim), Albert Gudmundsson (AZ Alkmaar)
*Not in UEFA Champions League squad
• On 4 August PSV lost on penalties to Feyenoord in the Johan Cruijff Schaal after a goalless 90 minutes at their own ground in Eindhoven.
• PSV have won ten of their 11 games in all competitions since then, the exception the matchday one loss at Barcelona, including all seven in the Eredivisie. They were 2-0 winners at NAC Breda on Saturday and have kept clean sheets in their last three Eredivisie matches, scoring 22 goals in their five most recent domestic outings.
• Luuk de Jong has scored in PSV's last three Eredivisie matches. Donyell Malen also found the net against NAC, his first Eredivisie goal.
• PSV have won their first five Eredivisie games for the sixth time; they won the title in each of the previous five campaigns.
• The 7-0 defeat of Den Haag on 15 September was PSV's biggest win since 2 February 2013 – another success against Den Haag by the same scoreline.
• Mark van Bommel's side reached the Dutch Cup round of 32 with a 4-0 win at amateur side Excelsior Maasluis on 26 September, Trent Sainsbury marking his first PSV start with his first goal for the club.
• Summer signing Ryan Thomas suffered a cruciate knee injury in late August, two weeks after signing from Zwolle; he has not been included in the UEFA Champions League squad.
• Summer transfers
In: Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Stefan de Vrij (Lazio), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Lautaro Martínez (Racing Avellaneda), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Šime Vrsaljko (Atlético, loan), Keita Baldé (Monaco, loan)
Out: Davide Santon (Roma), Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray, loan made permanent), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia, loan made permanent), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma), Éder (Jiangsu Suning), Jens Odgaard (Sassuolo), Davide Bettella (Atalanta), Andrea Pinamonti (Frosinone, loan), Yann Karamoh (Bordeaux, loan)
• Inter had won only one of their first four Serie A matches before matchday one, but have won all three since – 1-0 at Sampdoria on 22 September, 2-1 at home to Fiorentina three days later and 2-0 against Cagliari on Saturday.
• Lautaro Martínez had been sidelined since 26 August by an injury to his left calf, but recovered to score his first Inter goal at the weekend.
• Luciano Spalletti's side have kept four clean sheets in their last 13 matches – Saturday's against Cagliari was the first at home.
• Miranda missed the Fiorentina game with an ankle injury but returned against Cagliari.
• Vrsaljko limped off with a knee injury 19 minutes into Croatia's 6-0 defeat in Spain on 11 September and has not figured since.