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Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Brentford B

The B Team's tour of Italy comes to an end with a fixture against Nerazzurri

25 October 2017

Match: Inter Milan vs Brentford B, Wednesday 25 October 2017, 14:30 BST

The Opposition

The third and final test in Northern Italy sees them take on the blue and black stripes of Inter Milan. Their highest ranked youth team, the Under-19 Primavera squad, are the current champions of their national division. This is an acheivement only matched twice in the last decade, in which time the squad has also won the Primavera Cup on one ocassion as well as the Super Cup in 2016.

Italian former professional footballer Stefano Vecchi is in charge of the U19 team. A former Inter youth scholar himself, he knows what to expect from his youngsters. Previous coaches include Daniele Bernazzani and Andrea Stramaccioni, both of whom have taken up First Team roles in the backroom staff of Inter Milan. Bernazzani was also a technical advisor to José Mourinho while Stramaccioni actually took charge of the First Team after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri in 2012.

The team below the Primavera, the Under-18s, are known as the Berretti. This squad have won their division two seasons in a row under the guidance of Gianmario Corti. 

Some of the hottest prospects on the books at Inter might feature in Wednesday afternoon's match. These include Serbian U19 goalkeeper Vladen Dekic, Italian U19 midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo and Danish U19 forward Jens Odgaard. All three are youth internationals, with Zaniolo also making his Serie B debut while on loan at Virtus Entella late last season.

Graduates of the Internazionale youth system include First Team left-back Davide Santon, capped eight times by Italy, and talented youngster Andrea Pinamonti, still just 18 years old but having already made his Serie A debut at the San Siro.

A note on Brentford B

Kevin O'Connor has boosted his squad with the additions of Justin Shaibu, Lewis Macleod and Sergi Canós. Herson Rodrigues Alves returns from a knock that saw him miss the AC Milan game at the weekend. Ali Coote made his return to match action in that match, and could be involved from the start this time around.

Both outfield trialists have made appearances while in Italy and could register more minutes tomorrow afternoon. Mads Bech Sørensen is an uncertainty ahead of kick-off after picking up an injury in the second half of the Milan game on Saturday.

Match Coverage

Brentford will be covering the match live from Inter Milan's training ground in Italy, providing updates on the Club's Twitter feed. A full match report will be available on brentfordfc.com, as will match reaction from players and staff of Brentford B.


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