Rafael Benítez calls for Inter focus ahead of Twente trip

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
rafael benitez
Inter Milan manager Rafael Benítez believes his side must demonstrate the same intensity as last season if they are to replicate their Champions League success again this year

rafael benitez

Inter Milan manager Rafael Benítez believes his side must demonstrate the same intensity as last season if they are to replicate their Champions League success again this year.

The Serie A side kick off their European title defence in Holland against Dutch champions FC Twente tonight and Benítez, 50, says his side must approach the encounter with the same focused mentality that helped them to a record-breaking treble under José Mourinho in the last campaign.

“To retain the Champions League we need to show the same intensity and mentality that we did in the previous edition,” said Benítez, who took over at the San Siro this summer.

“Every season is different, last season this team struggled in the group stages, we’re aware of that and that’s why we want to do well starting (Tuesday) night.

“To think that we’ve already qualified for the knock-out stages would be a huge mistake, we must show humility and courage.

“No-one gives out presents in the Champions League, you have to fight in every match, thinking about one game at a time.”

Inter recorded their first victory of the new Serie A season last weekend after Samuel Eto’o scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Udinese at the San Siro after only being able to manage a goalless draw at Bologna on the opening day.

“Every coach wants more time, it’s not possible to change everything but the team has the quality to change something while maintaining the same system,” added Benítez.

“After a month and a half of hard work you can start to see some progress, improvements, but I want to see more.”

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Wimbledon 2019
Novak Djokovic
Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic wins fifth title against Roger Federer in epic
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Paul Pogba
Man United legend tells Paul Pogba to get his head down
Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp remains coy when asked if Liverpool FC will make this signing
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United agree record £80m for their third summer signing – report