Antonio Conte will be hoping history repeats itself for Christian Eriksen tonight when Inter face Juventus, according to a report in the Italian media.
As per Corriere dello Sport’s print edition, Conte has decided to start Eriksen against the Bianconeri for Inter’s Coppa Italia semi-final second leg in Turin, with Arturo Vidal ruled out through suspension.
Conte hopes Eriksen can give the Inter midfield an injection of extra quality which could cause Juve problems as Andrea Pirlo’s side look to defend their 2-1 first-leg lead.
The Denmark international has in fact already punished Juventus once in his career, as pointed out by the Rome-based publication, scoring a free-kick for Tottenham at the Allianz Stadium during a Champions League last 16 tie in February 2018.
Eriksen would like to repeat a similar feat in order to send Inter through to the final of a competition that has helped him get his career with the Nerazzurri back on track.
In Inter’s first game of the competition this season against Fiorentina, Eriksen started as a deep-lying playmaker to the surprise of most onlookers, before scoring the winning goal in the quarter-final win over AC Milan.
CdS also added Conte had not yet chosen between Ivan Perisic and Matteo Darmian for Inter’s left wing-back spot tonight.