Inter Milan will travel to the Stadio Via del mare to take on newly promoted side Lecce to start their Serie A campaign on Saturday.
Lecce sealed a top-flight berth after becoming Serie B champions last season. In their first match they face a stern test against a Inter side who will be looking to reclaim the Scudetto after finishing on the second spot to eternal rivals AC Milan in the previous season.
However, Simone Inzaghi led the side to the Supercoppa Italiana and the Coppa Italia titles beating Juventus on both occasions. But their recent form has not been up to the mark as they have won just once in five pre-season matches and have conceded 10 goals. Manager of Lecce, Marco Baroni, would be licking his lips to take on Inter at this juncture when they are yet to hit top gear.
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Lecce vs Inter date & kick-off time
Lecce vs Inter
19:45 BST, 14:45 ET
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Inter squad and team news
Inter have added some fresh blood in the summer such as Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kristjan Asllani, Raoul Bellanova, and goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Inzaghi is likely to stick to his 3-5-2 formation with Lautaro Martinez linking up with Lukaku up front. However, it is expected that 38-year-old- veteran shot stopper Samir Handanovic will keep his place between the sticks, despite the arrival of Onana. He could be shielded by a three-man backline of Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij, and Alessandro Bastoni.
Whereas in midfield it is likely that Nicolo Barella, Hakan Calhanoglu, and Marcelo Brozovic could slot in.
Alex Cordaz, Samir Handanovic, Andre Onana.
Alessandro Bastoni, Raoul Bellanova, Matteo Darmian, Stefan de Vrij, Dalbert, Federico Dimarco, Denzel Dumfries, Milan Skriniar, Mattia Zanotti.
Lucien Agoume, Kristjan Asllani, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Cesare Casadei, Matias Fonseca, Roberto Gagliardini, Jacopo Gianelli, Robin Gosens, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Joaquin Correa, Edin Dzeko, Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, Eddie Salcedo.
Lecce squad team news
Lecce have signed Federico Di Francesco in the summer to replace Massimo Coda, who was the top scorer of Serie B for the previous two seasons.
They have also roped in Lorenzo Colombo from AC MIlan, Kristoffer Askildsen and Wladimiro Falcone from Sampdoria. To sum up they have made 13 new signings in their bid to stay afloat after gaining promotion to Serie A.
Baroni prefers to set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and should stick to this formation while they take on one of the most formidable sides in Serie A. All eyes will be on Gabriel Steffeza and Di Francesco in attack, especially on the former as he was instrumental in propelling Lecce to the top flight with 14 goals and six assists.
Marco Bleve, Federico Brancolini, Wladimiro Falcone, Jasper Samooja.
Kastriot Dermaku, Mert Cetin, Federico Baschirotto, Alessandro Tuia, Valentin Gendrey, Daniel Samek, Gianluca Frabotta, Mattia Ciucci, Rob Nizet, Mats Lemmens.
Kristoffer Askildsen, Kristijan Bistrovic, Francesco Di Mariano, Thorir Helgason, Joan Gonzalez, Marcin Listowski, John Bjorkengren, Antonino Gallo, Gabriel Strefezza, Alexis Blin, Catalin-Alin Vulturar, Morten Hjulmand, Medon Berisha.
Lorenzo Colombo, Federico Di Francesco, Joel Voelkerling, Eetu Mommo, Assan Cessay, Pablo Rodriguez.