Group F Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Rubin Kazan coach Kurban Berdyev likened Inter’s visit to “a public holiday” as the Russian champions await their first Champions League home game in Group F on Matchday 2.
Rubin lost their first match at this level 3-1 against Dynamo Kyiv a fortnight ago, and though Inter kicked off with a draw against holders Barcelona, they are determined to return to winning ways after losing 1-0 against Sampdoria on Saturday.
“This match is really important for us and the fans; having the Champions League in town is like a public holiday for Kazan,” said Berdyev. “People here have dreamed about it. A few years ago we never thought great clubs would come to Kazan, not even for friendly games.
“Of course, I’m a bit nervous as it is also a new experience for me. However, I think we are ready to face Inter. I don’t think our opponents will underestimate us, especially considering what Jose Mourinho said about wanting to be safe before their trip to Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Mourinho, is looking to see a response from his players following Saturday’s defeat to Sampdoria.
“We lost against Sampdoria, not against [striker] Antonio Cassano.” he said. “Their whole team is doing well, not just one player. In any case I think my players did well against Samp, even if we lost.
“In the coming three matches, against Rubin and Dynamo Kyiv, we want to earn enough points to travel to Barcelona on Matchday 5 in a safe position.
“I’ve watched several Rubin games; this is a very well organised team. They use a 4-4-2 system and strikers Aleksandr Bukharov and Alejandro Dominguez link up very well. Rubin are at home, which gives them an advantage, and the weather is not on our side as in Milan it is much warmer than here at this time of year.”