You can feel mood has slightly changed in Inter's camp after Internacional were beaten by African champions TP Mazembe in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. Everyone's final was the 'Inter derby' between Internazionale and Internacional. TP Mazembe's historic win changed everything. Asian champions Seongnam are encouraged by the African champions' achievement and will try to imitate them.
Rafa Benitez: happy and confident
Mazembe defeating Internacional is something that reminds James Buster Douglas flooring Mike Tyson when Iron Mike was at his top. Miracles rarely happen and never twice in a row. But only a miracle could lead toward a Seongnam victory against Inter.
Seongnam coach Shin Tae Yong is sure his guys will give Nerazzurri a good game. “Internazionale are the best team in the world. They are the better team and we’re not in for an easy match. But our players are here to try and perform at their best. It'd be an extremely proud moment for us and the whole of Asia if we were to qualify for the final,” said the Asian 'Special one'.
The champions of Europe are clearly hot favourites and Rafa Benitez is sure they will be worthy winners. "I am very happy because all the players are training together and, I must say, very well. The warm climate is very helpful and to see the guys training with the right focus and enthusiasm gives me a lot of confidence.
"Seongnam are very good. Well organized, good overall quality but we are very strong, we want to win and I think we will," said the Spanish coach.
Diego Milito is set to start as central forward with Samuel Eto'o on the left, Goran Pandev on the right and Wesley Sneijder in the middle. With such a strong attacking line there is no reason to fear anyone in Abu Dhabi. Certainly not Seongnam.
Seongnam Ilhwa FC – FC Internazionale Milano, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 15 December 2010, 21.00 (local time)
SEONGNAM: Jung Sung Ryong; Ko Jae Sung, Cho Byung Kuk, Ognenovski, Hong Chul; Kim Sun Hwan, Molina, Jo Jae Cheol, Choi Sung Kuk; Cho Dong Geon, Radoncic. Coach: Shin Tae Yong
INTER: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Chivu, Zanetti; Stankovic, Cambiasso; Pandev, Sneijder, Eto'o; Milito. Coach: Benitez
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)