Inter boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that everything is on the line for his team against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, stating the match is not “like a final” as some have suggested.
“I do not believe tomorrow’s match is crucial and the reason is simple. If any of the four teams in the group were to win tomorrow, they will still not be assured of qualification from the group,” he explained at a press conference.
“Therefore, I don’t see this match as a final.”
Inter have had several injuries to contend with recently. Mourinho admitted he is not yet sure of his starting XI, with the likes of Thiago Motta, Wesley Sneijder, Mario Balotelli, Cristian Chivu, and Sulley Muntari all in doubt.
“I have to see how they are all doing,” he continued. “Training today will be crucial in deciding who I send out and who I do not.
“They will tell me, in the presence of the medical staff, whether they are able to play or not.”
Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Shevchenko has been in good form lately, unlike his time at Chelsea under Mourinho.“He told me the reason for this when we met at the San Siro two weeks ago. He claimed that for the first time in three years, he did not have problems with his shoulder and was able to train with continuity,” revealed the ex-Porto tactician.