We are approaching the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and on Tuesday, high-flying Benfica will host struggling Inter Milan at Stadium da Luz.
The Eagles destroyed Club Brugge in the opening round of the knockout stage to advance in successive seasons, while Inter defeated another Portuguese team Porto to advance after 12 years.
Only Napoli (25) has scored more goals than Benfica (23), a fact that would concern the Italian team, which has recently battled to keep clean sheets in Serie A.
However, the Eagles’ lead at the top of the rankings was reduced to seven points on Friday as a result of their 2-1 loss to championship rivals Porto as part of their Inter preparation.
Schmidt will be hoping that the setback was an isolated incident because it was their first league loss since New Year’s Eve.
For Inzaghi’s team, scoring goals has been a problem as the Nerazzurri have failed to score even once in as many games and have not scored more than one goal in three of those seven matches.
Romelu Lukaku managed to somehow hit the crossbar from within the penalty area, Nicolo Barella hit the post from a distance, and Guillermo Ochoa made a ton of stops to keep the home team in the game prior to Antonio Candreva’s fortunate equalizer in Good Friday’s 1-1 draw with Salernitana.
Nonetheless, Inzaghi may find comfort in the caliber of the opportunities produced on the day, even though they cannot afford any more inconsistencies in front of goal when playing one of the top clubs in this season’s Champions League.