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Wednesday, September 29, 2004 

Anderlecht - Internazionale (CL Preview)



RSC Anderlecht coach Hugo Broos has warned his side they must beat FC Internazionale Milano at Stade Constant Vanden Stock on Wednesday evening or be forced to reassess their UEFA Champions League Group G objectives.

'We have to win'
Anderlecht have finished bottom in four of the six group competitions they have contested and Broos believes this match will be pivotal if the side are to avoid a similar scenario. "We have to win if we want to stay in with a chance of qualifying in the top two otherwise we'll have to reassess the situation. That said, I don't want to call this a must-win game and put unnecessary pressure on my players," he said.

Vanden Borre test
The Belgian champions have not had the best preparation for the visit of the Serie A side, and go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at R. Charleroi FC on Friday night, that leaves them four points adrift of leaders Club Brugge KV. But Broos says he will keep faith with the eleven who started that game, meaning 16-year-old Anthony Vanden Borre continues to deputise for injured defender Michal Zewlakow as the experienced Glen de Boeck is still short of match fitness.

'Something special'
The 2-0 loss to Valencia CF at the Mestalla in Matchday 1 has not altered the Anderlecht coach's ambition though. "We are in the hardest group but I still expect us to get a maximum nine points from our home games, and if we can pick up one or two points away from home then we can qualify," he said. "I have every faith in my squad," said Broos. "They've been looking good in training and really look in the mood to produce something special on Wednesday night."

Disappointing domestic form
Broos watched Inter draw 2-2 with Parma FC in Serie A on Sunday and was far from impressed. "It's amazing they managed to score twice and if they defend like that against us then we'll create chances." However, he expects a different Inter side to take the field in Brussels. "We didn't see the real Inter at Parma," he said. "When we meet them I expect they will be back to the form they showed against Werder Bremen."

Speedy threat
Brazilian international forward Adriano scored both goals in a 2-0 win against the German champions in the opening Group G fixture, and Broos identifies him as a danger man. "They'll play in a typically Italian way, choosing their moments to attack and looking to use the pace of Adriano and Obafemi Martins." The young Nigerian striker Martins is not a certainty to start, despite coach Roberto Mancini omitting Christian Vieri from the squad.

Matins doubt
"I don't know whether Martins is ready for a full 90 minutes," Mancini said of the man who scored both his side's goals in Serie A at the weekend after replacing Vieri. "I have the luxury of five good strikers in my squad. I will decide who will partner Adriano after watching my players train." Julio Ricardo Cruz and Alvaro Recoba are both in the frame.

Defensive frailty
The game against Bremen was the only clean sheet Inter have kept all season. Although Mancini will encourage his side to stay true to the attacking philosophy he espouses, he also believes the side must work harder when they don't have the ball, a point echoed by captain Javier Zanetti. "We have to close them down," the Argentinian said, "win the ball back quicker and eliminate the individual errors. Only then will the good results start to come."

Source: Uefa.com

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