Jose Mourinho has warned his Internazionale side against complacency as they take on Group B surprise package Anorthosis Famagusta on Wednesday.
Inter share an identical record to their Cypriot visitors after both teams beat Panathinaikos by a two-goal margin and drew with Werder Bremen.
“This match has several hidden dangers,” Mourinho said. “You never know how a side will react after playing a wonderful game like we did in Rome. We would not be the first team to slip up after a fantastic display, so we’ll have to do everything we can to avoid this.
“We’ve studied them and they’re a very good team. Temuri Ketsbaia deserves praise because his side are playing very well. They’re well-organised and the good results they have achieved so far have been for a good reason.
“This is a crucial game for us. If we win, we’ll have seven points and almost be through – if not, everything will become much more complicated.”
Although Temuri Ketsbaia recognises Mourinho as “one of the best – he’s won everything”, the Anorthosis boss is more concerned with the players at the Mourinho’s disposal.
“We’re not playing against Mourinho, but against Inter who are one of the best teams in the world at the moment,” said the Georgian. “We watched their game in Rome and know how difficult it will be for us, but we’re sure we can get a result. Nobody has had it easy against us so far.”
Anorthosis captain Nikos Nikolaou remains doubtful after straining a thigh muscle during Saturday’s goalless draw at home to AEP Paphos FC.
“We’ll see how things go with him in the training session in Milan and take it from there,” Ketsbaia said. “This is our toughest game in the group as Inter have a number of players who can decide a match with one piece of brilliance. We’ll need to defend well but must also seize whatever chances we have in the game.”