After confirming their berth in next season’s Champions League, Inter will now hope for a 2nd-place finish in the league when they face a top-half finish seeking Torino today at Olimpico di Torino stadium in the final matchday of the 2022-23 Serie A season.
Inter will aim to record a comprehensive victory without stressing themselves much to stay in form for the Champions League final next weekend. They are seeking the runners-up position in the league and for that, they will have to win today and wait for the results of Lazio.
The Nerazzurri approach this match on the back of a thrilling 3-2 win against Atalanta which confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League group stage. Romelu Lukaku and Nicolo Barella were on the scoresheet three minutes into the game but Mario Pasalic’s goal in the 36th minute showed signs of a potential comeback from La Dea. Lautaro Martinez continued his scoring form by adding the third in the 77th minute. While Atalanta could force an Andre Onana own-goal in added time, they fell short and the three points belonged to Inter.
With the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia already in the bag, Simone Inzaghi’s men will be gunning for the third title of the season following today’s encounter. Despite some injuries, Inter have fared well throughout the campaign and this could become a historic side if they can lift the European accolade.
Meanwhile, Torino will hope to secure a top-half finish this season and three points today will confirm that.
The Granata haven’t lost in six of their last nine home games against Inter, winning twice and drawing four times. Despite having a psychological advantage over today’s opponents, Torino haven’t won any of their last six home Serie A matches. This reminds them of their worst home run back in 2020-21 when they went without a win for 12 games, ultimately avoiding relegation by fine margins.
Ivan Juric’s side approach this match in a positive mood after thrashing relegation-threatened Spezia 4-0 in their last outing. Based on recency, the Turin-based side hold an optimistic output on the road but they will aim to convert their away statistics today to their home game and get the win.
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Simone Inzaghi is expected to rotate his side heavily to keep his players fit for next weekend against Manchester City.
Milan Skriniar and Danilo D’Ambrosio are fit and set to be available today. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Joaquin Correa remain sidelined with injuries. Lautaro Martinez might get the nod but is expected to be substituted at half-time.
As for Torino, Valentino Lazaro remains sidelined for this match. Nemanja Radonjic couldn’t become fit in time and therefore is ruled out for the game.
Ivan Ilic is set to partner up front with Samuele Ricci after scoring against Spezia.
Torino (3-4-2-1): Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Schurrs, Buongiorno; Singo, Ricci, Ilic, Rodriguez; Miranchuk, Vlasic; Sanabria
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Gagliardini, Asllani, Calhanoglu, Gosens; Martinez, Lukaku
Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN