Inter coach Roberto Mancini has vowed to go on the attack tonight as his team welcome holders Porto to the San Siro in the second leg of their Champions League on Tuesday.
Inter secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg and although goalless draw in Milan would see Inter through, Mancini is adamant that his side will go for the win tonight.
“We will look to control the match,” said the coach.
“Success in this game is fundamental for us and for our season. We have great respect for Porto and for what they have done. But this is a different match and Inter will play to win.”
Captain Javier Zanetti echoed his coach’s comments, saying: “We will have to be wary of the potential pitfalls, but we want to take the match into our own hands.”
Mancini has fitness worries over Obafemi Martins and Christian Vieri which may force him to start Argentinian Julio Cruz alongside Adriano.
At the back, Colombian Iván Cordoba and left-back Giuseppe Favalli are both suspended. With Nicolas Burdisso also missing for family reasons, Inter must rely on 36-year-old Sinisa Mihajlovic to play alongside Italian international Marco Materazzi in the centre of defence.
Portocoach José Couceiro conceded that the Italian side have the upper hand after scoring in Porto.
“We’re at a disadvantage, so it means we will have to risk more than Inter,” said Couceiro.
“All of their forwards have great technical skill and are threats so we have to keep an eye on them.”
The holders welcome the return from suspension of Brazilian playmaker Diego and veteran defender Jorge Costa.
Couceiro has lost José Boswinga through injury, while forward Luís Fabiano, whose mother was kidnapped last Friday in Brazil, did not travel with the squad.
Inter (4-4-2): Toldo – Ze Maria, Mihajlovic, Materazzi, J. Zanetti – Emre, Veron, Cambiasso, Stankovic – Adriano, Cruz
Porto (5-4-1): Baia – Seitaridis, R. Costa, J. Costa, Valente, Meireles – Ribeiro, Costinha, Diego, Quaresma – McCarthy