When the round of 16 draw took place in December, the stars aligned and handed Inter an improbable rematch of last year’s final. But in truth, it is only a rematch in name; over the past nine months, both teams have undergone many changes.
Absent from the Inter line-up on Wednesday will be Diego Milito, who scored both goals in last year’s 2-0 final victory. The Argentine striker is sidelined by a hamstring injury, but even if fit, he might not have made Leonardo’s starting line-up. Under the Brazilian coach, Samuel Eto’o, who played in a wide role in Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning team, has assumed the role of main goal getter and led all scorers with six goals in the group stage.