Inter-Liverpool, historic challenge in the round of 16 of the Champions League

The team led by Simone Inzaghi faces Klopp’s Liverpool in the Champions League between illustrious historical precedents and a past that makes fans dream

At 9 pm this evening, the San Siro pitch will host Inter Liverpool, the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. If the draw, repeated twice due to a technical error during the draw, gave all the Inter fans ill foreboding, the aura of unbeatenness of the Reds (winners of 6 editions of the Champions League, the last in 2018/2019) and the presence in the field of the fresh Africa Cup finalists Salah and Manè seem to bring Inter close to the match with all the predictions of the case against, also thanks to the disqualification of Barella.

History, however, seems to smile at the Nerazzurri when it comes to insurmountable challenges. Among the historical precedents of Inter and Liverpool, in fact, especially that of 1965 winks with complicity to Inter fans from all over Italy. After the 3 to 1 defeat at Anfield at Anfield, Inter coached by Herrera reacted and won the return to San Siro 3 to 0, flying to the final thanks to goals from Corso, Peirò and Facchetti.

Not only that: Inter, reached for the second consecutive time in the final, also managed to win that edition of the Champions Cup with the result of 1 to 0, beating Benfica. This is an outcome that would certainly not displease even the Inter fans tonight.

If it is true that the double clash of 2007/2008 did not go well for the Milan team, between the red to defender Marco Materazzi after 30 minutes in the first match and the injuries in Cordoba and Burdisso between home and away (both matches lost ), the good wishes do not stop at the historic comeback of 1965.

The history of Inter and Liverpool as Champions League challengers offers other opportunities for Inter fans to dream, especially in the present. Inter, in fact, tonight will field in its ranks 3 players who have already scored for the English team in the past, and some right during the top European competition.

Alexis Sanchez, former Arsenal player, scored two goals against the Reds with the London club; Edin Dzeko, who between his experiences at Manchester City and Roma scored 3 goals against the English (two of which he wore the Giallorossi shirt in the 2017/2018 Champions League edition). Following, fresh from membership, Robin Gosens, who with Atalanta signed the 2-0 against the English in the match played in the group stage of the 2020/2021 edition.