Benevento Midfielder Nicolas Viola: “Inter’s Biggest Weapons Are Romelu Lukaku & Physical Strength”

January 26, 2021 18:45
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Benevento midfielder Nicolas Viola has warned his teammates to watch out for two things when the Giallorossi visit Inter on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s side will begin the second half of their Serie A campaign against the newly-promoted club at San Siro, having thrashed them 5-2 at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito in September.

Asked what impressed him most about the Nerazzurri, Viola had one player and one general quality in mind.

“Lukaku, who is a player that makes the difference, and Inter’s physical structure,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport in Tuesday’s print edition.

Viola, 31, who has made just two appearances across all competitions this season after struggling with injury, also named three players who he looked up to growing up, including a former Inter player.

“My idols were Alvaro Recoba, Juan Roman Riquelme and Fernando Redondo,” he revealed.

“I wanted to be a footballer, I was travelling from Taurianova to Reggio to train and that’s no small feat.”

Last time Inter met Benevento, Antonio Conte’s side ran out comfortable winners with Lukaku scoring a brace, and Roberto Gagliardini, Achraf Hakimi and Lautaro Martinez all grabbing one each.

They will do battle again at 20.45 local time on Saturday, with Inter looking to put pressure on league leaders AC Milan at the top of the table.

By Cammy Anderson