Inter Milan and Real Madrid met in last season’s Champions League group stages, but 12 months on and the dugouts are completely different for both clubs. Italian champions Inter now have Simone Inzaghi at the helm instead of Antonio Conte, while Carlo Ancelotti has returned for his second Real stint after leaving Everton.
Life at the San Siro post-Conte has been promising thus far, with Inzaghi overseeing an unbeaten start in Inter’s title defence in Serie A, with the Nerazzurri also grappling and trying to cope following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi to Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
It has been a familiar story in Valdebebas with Ancelotti so far succeeding Zinedine Zidane in style. Los Blancos currently lead the charge in La Liga during these embryonic stages, having struck 13 goals, the only side in the entire division to net double digits after four games.
Despite Real’s struggles last term, particularly in the Champions League, as Zidane’s men lost twice to Shakhtar Donetsk in Group B, the Frenchman still managed to complete the double over Inter, who crashed out of the competition in last place. Inzaghi will be keen to ensure another European capitulation does not transpire.
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Inter Milan vs Real Madrid: Match Stats
Karim Benzema has been sensational in these early weeks of the 2021/22 season. The 33-year-old currently leads the Pichichi race for top La Liga scorer on five goals and enters this match with a stellar Champions League record. The Frenchman needs just one goal to surpass Raul as the competition’s fourth-highest scorer, with the duo currently tied on 71. Benzema is also one of only three players to have scored in 16 previous Champions League seasons, along with Ryan Giggs and Lionel Messi.
For Inter, they have looked to remedy their Champions League woes with the acquisition of 35-year-old Edin Dzeko. The experienced Bosnian forward has been directly involved in a goal per game in his previous two seasons in the competition, netting 13 goals and assisting five in just 18 appearances for Roma in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
25 Nov 2020 – Inter Milan 0-2 Real Madrid – Champions League
03 Nov 2020 – Real Madrid 3-2 Inter Milan – Champions League
25 Nov 1998 – Inter Milan 3-1 Real Madrid – Champions League
16 Sep 1998 – Real Madrid 2-0 Inter Milan – Champions League
16 Apr 1986 – Real Madrid 5-1 Inter Milan – UEFA Cup
Despite their success at the San Siro last season, Real Madrid have actually only won one of their previous eight away games against Inter in European competition. In fact, that 2-0 triumph in 2020/21, in which goals from Eden Hazard and a Hakimi own goal settled the score, was Real’s only away triumph to Inter.