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Trabzonspor - Inter Preview: Hosts aiming for shock win over group leaders


Serkan, Giray, Mustafa, Celustka
Colman, Zokora
Halil, Alanzinho, Mierzejewski
FC Internazionale Milano
Julio Cesar
Jonathan, Ranocchia, Samuel, Zanetti
Obi, Motta, Cambiasso
Pazzini, Milito

Marek Cech failed to complete the 90 minutes on Friday, and is unlikely to feature against Claudio Ranieri's side. Serkan Balci will move back into defence, while Ondrej Celustka will shuffle across to left-back to make up for the Slovakian's absence.

Inter are still without several defenders for the trip to Turkey, including Maicon and Yuto Nagatomo, but Christian Chivu is available again following his domestic suspension, while Lucio will return to the squad. Meanwhile, Wesley Sneijder is a confirmed absence for the trip to the Black Sea coast.

  • Trabzonspor head coach Senol Gunes kept goal in his side's 1-0 victory over Inter in the 1983-84 European Cup.
  • Friday's 1-1 draw with Mersin Idman Yurdu was the first Super Lig game in which Burak Yilmaz has failed to score this season.
  • The 1-0 victory at San Siro was Trabzonspor's first Champions League triumph since a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the 2004-05 qualifying rounds.
  • Inter were defeated on their last trip to Turkey, succumbing 1-0 to Fenerbahce in September 2007.
  • Despite losing in Trabzon in the aforementioned encounter, Inter went through thanks to five straight wins, including a 2-0 win in Milan.
  • Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Trabzonspor midfielder Alanzinho played together for Flamengo in the 2003 season.

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