Serie A giants Inter Milan will square off against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their opening Group C encounter of the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 at San Siro in Milan, Italy in the wee hours of Thursday in India. The match will kick off at 12:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Inter Milan head into the high-profile UCL 2022/23 clash after suffering an infuriating 2-3 defeat against arch-rivals AC Milan in the Milan Derby in the ongoing edition of the Serie A.
Under the tutelage of manager Simone Inzaghi, the Nerazzurri have been inconsistent in Serie A 2022/23, registering three wins and two losses so far. With nine points from five games, Inter Milan are currently placed eighth in the standings, four points behind league leaders Atalanta.
Inter Milan will look for an improved showing in the UEFA Champions League this season after being knocked out by Liverpool in the Round of 16.
On the other hand, reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw by Union Berlin in their previous game in the top-tier German league. The Bavarians have not been at their best yet, registering three victories and two stalemates so far. Julian Nagelsmann’s men are currently placed third in the Bundesliga 2022/23 standings with 11 points from five matches, just one point behind leaders SC Freiburg and rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich will aim to go deeper in the UCL this term after succumbing to a shock exit at the hand of La Liga side Villareal in the quarter-finals last season.
INT vs FCB, UEFA Champions League 2022/23
Date: 8th September, 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: San Siro, Milan
Inter Milan form (all competitions):
- L, W, L, W, W
Bayern Munich form (all competitions):
- D, W, D, W, W
Inter Milan vs Bayern Munich head-to-head in UEFA Champions League
Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have locked horns on five occasions in UEFA Champions League history. Both the sides have two victories each while the other match ended in a draw.
The last time these two sides clashed in the UCL, Inter Milan pipped Bayern Munich on away goal rules in a two-legged tie in the Round of 16 during the 2010/11 season.
Overall, Inter and Bayern have won three matches apiece out of the seven games that they have played so far.
Inter Milan secured a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in their previous meeting in an International Champions Cup encounter in 2017.
Inter Milan Team News:
Inter Milan will miss the services of their star forward Romelu Lukaku, who succumbed to a thigh injury during their clash against Leece in the Serie A on matchday 1.
Joaquin Correa and Edin Dzeko are the two options to replace Romelu Lukaku and partner Argentine talisman Lautaro Martinez in the forward line.
Meanwhile, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be available for selection after returning as a substitute in the Milan Derby.
Bayern Munich Team News:
Ahead of their UCL 2022/23 opener, Bayern Munich have only one injury concern as Bouna Sarr is ruled out of the fixture and is not included in the squad.
The Bavarians have received a massive boost following the return of star midfielder Leon Goretzka. The German international was included in their squad against Union Berlin on Saturday.
The 19-year-old wonderkid Jamal Musiala is expected to retain his place in the playing XI after being in a staggering form this season. Musiala has already netted five goals and will start in the midfield alongside Marcel Sabitzer, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman.
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Federico Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Manuel Neuer; Alphonso Davies, Dayot Upamecano, Matthijs de Light, Benjamin Pavard; Marcel Sabitzer, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala; Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane
Despite not being at their best so far, Bayern Munich possess an extraordinary squad at their disposal and will start as favourites against Inter Milan in their first match of the UCL 2022/23 season.
Furthermore, Inter Milan have conceded important goals this season and will need to bring their A-game if they are to stop the likes of Sadio Mane, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane from scoring.
Going by their recent form and team combination, Bayern Munich are expected to bag maximum points from this fixture.