Inter Milan’s 2-1 defeat to Sampdoria on Monday night was a hammer blow to their hopes of making next season’s Champions League. While the Nerazzurri were Serie A’s form team for a spell, things are starting to look a little rocky in the final weeks of the season. That could blow their hopes of making the Europa League, which would benefit their rivals and closest challengers AC Milan. Can Stefano Pioli get his side back on track against a Crotone side who have picked up a faint hope of beating the drop?
Crotone’s 2-1 win at Chievo means they are just five points shy of Empoli, and a shock result here could push the Sharks even closer to safety. While there’s little chance of them turning things around, their team at least has something to fight for. While there’s a clear gulf between these sides, there’s no reason for the hosts to fear Inter. The visitors have failed to in 53% of their away games, having picked up a single point in their last two outings.
The meeting between these two earlier in the season saw Inter rack up a 3-0 win, but they were goalless after 83 minutes. A late flurry of goals made the scoreline respectable, but Crotone proved that they can match Inter. With the visitors looking shaky, and rumours flying around about who will take over the club in the summer, Crotone do have a chance to give the Nerazzurri a scare.
Inter have kept a clean sheet in just 27% of their away trips, and they easily gave away two goals against Sampdoria. With the Champions League spots beyond them and their interim boss seemingly on the way out, you should question the visitors’ motivation ahead of this game.