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Coppa Italia

  • January 20, 2012
  • • 04:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: C. Russo
  • • Attendance: 12823

Coppa Italia Preview: Inter - Genoa

Coppa Italia Preview: Inter - Genoa

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With both sides coming off impressive wins in Serie A, the Grifoni will be hoping to cause an upset on the San Siro pitch on Thursday evening



Zanetti, Lucio, Ranocchia, Chivu
Faraoni, Poli, Thiago Motta, Obi
Milito, Zarate


Mesto, Granqvist, Marchiori
Rossi, Biondini, Kucka, Constant
Pratto, Gilardino, Jankovic

Following the 1-0 win over city rivals AC Milan, Inter boss Claudio Ranieri is likely to employ plenty of alterations as the Nerazzurri start their Coppa Italia campaign at the last 16 phase.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who trained apart from the squad on Monday, will be replaced by Luca Castellazzi. Meanwhile, Italy international Andrea Ranocchia should stand in for one of Lucio or Walter Samuel at centre-back and youngsters Davide Faraoni, Andrea Poli, and Joel Obi may all be given space in midfield.

Wesley Sneijder could once again be on the bench but Diego Forlan's presence remains in doubt after he felt discomfort to the quadricep of his right leg during training.

Mauro Zarate, whose loan spell with the Nerazzurri could already be coming to an end, is likely to start alongside Diego Milito after Giampaolo Pazzini was left out of the matchday squad. Dejan Stankovic remains sidelined for two months with an achilles problem.

Meanwhile, new Genoa boss Pasquale Marino has a bit of a defensive crisis with Cesare Bovo, Kakhaber Kaladze, Dario Dainelli and Luca Antonelli all sidelined, so teenager Alberto Marchioni will get a chance to impress at centre-back. Hard-working captain Marco Rossi will feature in midfield since he is suspended for the weekend trip to Palermo, but star striker Rodrigo Palacio will be rested after returning from injury to score the winner against Udinese last Sunday.

  • Inter have been in the Coppa Italia final six of the last seven years, winning the trophy on four of those occasions, including when they defeated Palermo 3-1 to lift the trophy last season.
  • Diego Milito (twice) and Thiago Motta both had successful spells with Genoa before joining Inter in the summer of 2009.
  • The hosts are on a hot streak, having won six consecutive matches, only conceding one goal during that time.
  • Genoa were defeated by the Nerazzurri at the same stage (Round of 16) and same venue (The Giuseppe Meazza) last season by a score of 3-2.
  • Overall, the Rossoblu have lost four consecutive matches against Inter, last earning a 0-0 draw in March 2010.
  • The Grifoni have already played two times in the Coppa Italia this season, earning a 4-3 victory over Nocerina and also beating Bari 3-2 in extra time.


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Last Five Matches
Sep 21, 2014Genoa 1 - Lazio 0SR-A
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Available Squads
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
6Marco FaraoniDefender
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
-Luc CastaignosStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
-Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
10M. ZárateStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
2Mario SampirisiDefender
4Andreas GranqvistDefender
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
-Marco RossiMidfielder
33Juraj KuckaMidfielder
14F. SeymourMidfielder
9Valter BirsaMidfielder
10C. JorqueraMidfielder
12Lucas PrattoStriker
-Zé EduardoStriker
-Alessio ScarpiGoalkeeper
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
-Alberto MarchioriDefender
11Bosko JankovicStriker
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
-Giuseppe SculliStriker

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