Inter Hopeful to Keep Road Woes in Check Versus Porto

Inter and Simone Inzaghi will have a lot at stake in tonight’s match versus Porto. Qualifying for the next round would have a much-needed windfall and help the gaffer build his case to stay on the bench next season. The rumors about his future are intensifying.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri wish their ghastly away numbers won’t do them in at Estadio do Dragao for once. They suffered their sixth loss versus Spezia, allowing their 23rd and 24th goal in such regard. Their record on the road ranks 9th in Serie A. They have fared worse than all the top teams, plus Udinese and Torino. In addition, only Sampdoria, Cremonese, and Salernitana have conceded more.

Inter haven’t been this leaky since 1947/1948, more than 75 years ago. Despite their issues domestically, they have performed better in Champions League away from San Siro. They beat Viktoria Plzen, lost to Bayern Munich, and drew three-three in Barcelona in October.

La Beneamata have already experienced 8 defeats with 26 rounds. It had happened just twice at this point of the season in recent history, in 1998/1999 and in 2011/2012, when they ended up tallying double-digit stumbles.

In the first case, they finished eighth and had three coaching changes, going from Luigi Simoni to Mircea Lucescu to Luciano Castellini to Roy Hodgson. Instead, they concluded sixth in the second instance. Gian Piero Gasperini was on the bench to start such campaign, Claudio Ranieri was appointed after four games, and Andrea Stramaccioni helmed the team down the stretch. Inter are currently second but have a narrow lead over the fifth-placed Roma.

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