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Simone Inzaghi believes that Inter’s recent matches against rivals Milan will serve as extra motivation ahead of their Coppa Italia semi-final in the second round.
Inter meet Serie A leaders Milan on Tuesday and offer their first appearance in the Coppa Italia final since defeating Palermo to lift the trophy in 2011.
However, Inter have not managed to win any of the three previous derby clashes this season, and have only picked up a single point in their two league meetings before pulling the first leg of the semi-final 0-0.
Three unbeaten derbies mark Inter’s worst race against Rossoneri since 2005, but Inzaghi believes the Nerazzurri can use those results to give them an advantage this time around.
“We have had three derbies so far, two in the league and one in the Coppa Italia,” Inzaghi told a news conference.
“We know we have to [win]and we want to win tomorrow because we want to reach the final.
“We could have had more [from the previous games]. We need to be sharper to get key moments to go our way as they can be crucial. It’s such an important game.
“Safe [the results could motivate Inter]. The three derbies have all been different. We played very well in the first two, whereas the two teams canceled each other out in the last, knowing there was another leg on the way.
“It was a very bad game. The team knows that and we know it’s a great chance for us that we would like to seize with both hands.
“We are on track to reach both our goals. We are doing really well and must not forget that we also won the Italian Super Cup in January.”
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Inter have been eliminated in each of their last four Coppa Italia semi-final matches, having progressed on six of their previous seven appearances at this stage. Overall, no team has suffered more semi-final eliminations than Inter (19).
Meanwhile, Inter failed to score as they were classified as away teams in last month’s first match, leaving them at risk of losing on away goals if they concede.
Inzaghi believes, as is the case in UEFA competitions, that the rule should have been abolished this season.
“There had already been talk of the away goal rule before the first match, but it was too late,” he added.
“I think it should have been the same as it is in Europe, but once the decision has been made, it is only fair that it should continue in the same way. [as earlier in the competition].
“We have to be even more focused, because since we did not score in the first game, every moment of the game could prove crucial.
“We know how important away goals can be, so we will have to be fully focused on every point of the match, knowing that we are up against a top side. We will have to stay focused for the full 95 minutes and in any overtime. also.”
Inter and Milan have met each other in the Coppa Italia on 26 previous occasions, with the Nerazzurri achieving eight victories.