Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow preview
Slutski's side will be looking to defeat Inter in an attempt for qualification
By Simon Porter. Last Updated: 07/12/11 10:39am
Slutski: Hoping CSKA can win
CSKA Moscow will try to take all three points from Inter Milan in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League encounter.
Leonid Slutski's side are in bottom place in Group B but they can still qualify for the knockout stages if they manage to beat the Group leaders whilst hoping for a draw between Trabzonspor and Lille.
CSKA lost 2-0 to Lille two weeks ago, allowing the Ligue 1 side a new lifeline in the competition whilst making life harder for themselves.
Inter however won three successive Champions League games prior to their 1-1 draw in Turkey last month but the club have already achieved progression to the last 16 in first place.
It is not the first time CSKA and Claudio Ranieri's side have crossed paths as they faced each other two seasons ago in the quarter-finals of the European competition.
Overall, they have faced each other four times with the Italian side victorious in every =encounter but this is a record that Slutski will be hoping to break.
"We are in good shape and have improved since our last outing against Lille," said Slutski. "It's not easy to make comparisons to previous meetings with Inter: a lot has changed, from the coaches to the strikers.
"(Because of the situation) we'll have to play differently to usual. Yuto Nagatomo is a very good player: he plays for Inter and that says it all.
"In Moscow (where Inter won 3-2 on match-day two) he performed very well and he was a very important factor in helping Inter going forward; two years ago Diego Milito was the best player in the Champions League.
"But we have a great offensive unit of our own and we will try to prove that on the pitch tomorrow night."
Ranieri however, insists that he will not make it easy for the Russian side on Wednesday because he wants the club to bounce back from last Saturday's Serie A defeat by Udinese.
"I'm very focused on tomorrow's game," said Ranieri. "I want my team to perform well. Winning means money for the club and maintaining our high European ranking.
"We have already qualified, but we have to be professional. I want to see a good reaction," said Ranieri.
"We suffered a bad defeat against Udinese on Saturday, but we certainly won't give up. We are working hard and we'll continue to do so.
For Inter Milan, Maicon and Wesley Sneijder will be on the sidelines with thigh injuries and Lucio will also be out of action.
Julio Cesar has been rested and will be replaced by reserve goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi, whilst Dejan Stankovic will be available to play against Moscow despite not training on Tuesday.
For CSKA, Sergei Ignashevich will be available after recovering from a sprained ankle which he picked up against Lille.
Viktor Vasin is yet to make his competitive debut after suffering a cruciate ligament injury just after signing for the club at the start of 2011 but he has been an unused substitute for the past seven games.
Igor Akinfeev (knee), Zoran Tosic (knee), Tomas Necid (knee) and Mark González (hip) are the long-term absentees.
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