Defender Benjamin Pavard is set to make his Inter Milan debut against Real Sociedad tomorrow, and will play from the start.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper anticipate that Pavard will be in Inter’s starting eleven for their Champions League group stage opener.
Pavard has been on the bench in two matches for Inter since joining from Bayern Munich in the last couple days of the summer transfer window.
The Frenchman was an unused substitute against Fiorentina before the international break. Then, against AC Milan in the derby, he also sat on the bench.
But it’s always looked to be only a matter of time before Pavard plays. And fights for his spot in the starting eleven.
There are high expectations for Pavard considering his international and club experience.
And according to the Corriere, that first start for the 27-year-old should already come on Wednesday evening.
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So far this season, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi has gone with virtually the same starting eleven in each of the Nerazzurri’s four Serie A matches.
However, that will soon have to start changing. Inter are now back to playing two matches per week with the Champions League returning.
And former Bayern defender Pavard could be among the changes for this week’s Champions League group stage opener.
Against all of Monza, Cagliari, and Fiorentina, and Milan, Inzaghi has stared Matteo Darmian on the right of the back three.
But against La Real, the veteran former Manchester United man will make way for Pavard, the Corriere expect.
Meanwhile, the Corriere also note that forward Alexis Sanchez will be among the players pushing to play against La Real.
The 34-year-old is not likely to start. But he is fully fit and available to play from the bench.
According to the Corriere, there are no more doubts about Sanchez’s fitness or hemoglobin levels after he played ninety minutes for Chile against Colombia in a World Cup qualifier.
Sanchez wants to give Inzaghi a selection headache in attack from week to week from now on.