Inter Milan will come into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in top mental and physical condition.

This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

One of the things that makes the Champions League knockouts such a tough slog is their placement in the run-in of the season.

The elimination matches are played in midweek, whilst teams have a league campaign which sees them play every weekend.

The result, predictably, is that the matches can begin to wear on teams and players.

That is just an inevitable part of the schedule.

But for Inter, there is a feeling that they are in a more ideal position than just about any of their rivals.

Inter In Top Mental & Physical Condition Ahead Of Atletico Madrid Clash

A key luxury that Inter have been able to afford going into Wednesday’s round of sixteen second leg in Madrid has been rotating the team.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi changed six of the ten outfield starters between Serie A matches against Genoa and Bologna.

The eye-watering gap at the top of the table – now sixteen points – has taken a lot of the pressure off of the Nerazzurri to win in the league.

That has meant that Inzaghi has rested key players as much as possible for Wednesday’s match.

All of captain Lautaro Martinez, wingback Federico Dimarco, and defender Benjamin Pavard got a complete rest against Bologna on Saturday.

None of the trio either started or came off the bench in that Serie A win.

And on the other hand, striker Marcus Thuram, defender Benjamin Pavard, and midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu all came back from injury in the last match or two.

That means that those three are all just getting back to peak fitness. And defender Alessandro Bastoni should be relatively fresh after missing the match against Genoa through suspension.

Then, psychologically speaking, Inter are certainly in a positive state.

The thirteen wins in a row that the team have managed in 2024 have obviously inspired confidence.

That does not mean that Inter will be taking anything for granted. But they have already seen what taking the right approach can get them this year.

And the players will have the same mindset against Atletico on Wednesday.