Cassano was impressed with Inter’s cohesive play and organization, despite being up against a strong Benfica side. He attributed Inter’s victory to their excellent performance, rather than Benfica’s downfall. He also noted that Sergio Ramos, who recently transferred to Benfica, was not at his best in this game, and Rafa Silva was well marked.
Fabio Capello, who is a commentator for the Champions League on Sky Sport Italia, was also impressed with Inter’s performance. He described the team as perfect and organized, praising the contributions of Brozovic, Lukaku, and Gosens.
Capello went on to say that Inter offered points and more points, and he would congratulate the team before expressing his disappointment that they do not play like this in every game.
Inter Milan defeated Benfica 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final clash, with goals from Lautaro Martinez, Federico Chiesa, and Nicolo Barella. Despite Benfica’s best efforts, Inter Milan proved to be too strong, with a dominant display in all aspects of the game. The win puts Inter Milan in a strong position to secure their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The second leg of the quarter-final will take place at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, and Benfica will need to mount a massive comeback if they want to overturn the three-goal deficit.
While Cassano and Capello are impressed with Inter’s performance, it remains to be seen if the team can maintain this level of play for the remainder of the Champions League campaign. With several strong teams still in contention, Inter Milan will need to be at their best if they want to win the coveted trophy.
As for Benfica, they will need to regroup and come up with a new strategy if they want to challenge Inter Milan in the second leg. The team has shown resilience throughout the Champions League campaign, and they will need to show this quality once again if they want to keep their European dreams alive.