MILAN – The first game of the second round of fixtures is coming up for Inter, who are set to face Lecce at the Via del Mare after Tuesday night's win over Cagliari at the round of 16 stage of the Coppa Italia.
LECCE VS. INTER: STATS AND TRIVIA
This will be the 32nd encounter between Inter and Lecce in Serie A, the Nerazzurri holding the better record with 24 wins, three draws and four losses. Inter have beaten Lecce more times than any other side in the top division, also scoring the most goals with 74.
Inter have also scored the most goals of any team in the first half an hour of games (15), while Lecce are the only side to not have conceded in the first 15 minutes of a Serie A game this season.
Lukaku and his first goal in Serie A
Romelu Lukaku’s first goal in Serie A came against Lecce earlier this season. Of the players who made their Serie A debut for Inter in the era of a single-division Serie A, only Nyers and Meazza join Romelu Lukaku in scoring at least 14 goals from the team’s first 19 games.
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ANTONIO CONTE'S WORDS
“Nothing is a given in this match, it’s the first game of the second round, we need to have the same determination that we had in the first games, the same concentration. We’re facing a team who are keen to get more points, that are playing at home, so we’ll need to be very focused. I’m always asking for signs of concreteness and I’m expecting the same again tomorrow."
(Watch Antonio Conte's press conference back here)
Inter's last five matches
Inter 4-1 Cagliari
Inter 1-1 Atalanta
Napoli 1-3 Inter
Inter 4-0 Genoa
Fiorentina 1-1 Inter
Lecce's last five matches
Parma 2-0 Lecce
Lecce 0-1 Udinese
Lecce 2-3 Bologna
Brescia 3-0 Lecce
Lecce 2-2 Genoa
There aren't any players suspended for the match between Lecce and Inter. The players one booking away from suspension are: Bastoni, Candreva, D'Ambrosio (Inter); Tabanelli (Lecce).
Piero Giacomelli will be the referee for Lecce vs. Inter. Giacomelli will be assisted by Liberti and Bottegoni, while Marini has been named as the fourth official. Guida and Fiorito will be the VAR and Assistant VAR officials respectively.