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Nic Ladds 30th Mar 2010 - 11:57

Jose to take them Inter the semis

Italian table-toppers Inter Milan will surely be happy with their draw in this year's Champions League quarter-finals. They are drawn against Russian giants CSKA Moscow, this is the furthest they have ever managed in Europe and this is where their dream ends.

Inter aren't quite replicating their domestic form of last season when they stormed to the league title by ten points. They are still top but by just one point, that is mainly down to their away form which may become an issue in the second leg, but they should have no problems here.

Jose Mourinho is unstoppable at home; he is on a run of over 130 matches unbeaten when his side plays at home, his last defeat in 2002 when he managed Porto.

Mourinho reached the last eight by impressively knocking out his old club Chelsea which has silenced many critics. They are now third favourites to win outright and could surprise some people this year.

Russian clubs often struggle in the Champions League; CSKA's quarter final is the furthest any has been in 14 years. This could be down to their league schedule; they have played just three matches so far and match fitness surely will be a factor.

They have started well though with two wins and a draw from their opening three matches.

These two met in the 2007/08 Champions League group stage. In Russia, Inter came from behind to win 2-1 and also came from behind in Milan; from 2-0 down they won 4-2. You can get 15/2 on Inter coming from behind once again to win the match.

Inter (2/5) don't have too many worries on the injury front, only Davide Santon is out. The major loss for Mourinho is Lucio, the world-class centre back is suspended although the replacement of Cristian Chivu could be a lot worse.

Tomas Necid and Milos Krasic were CSKA's (8/1) top league scorers last season and are 7/2 and 5/1 respectively to get a vital away goal at any time in this match.

One to watch from the Russian side is Keisuke Honda; the Japanese midfielder is a lynchpin in the middle of the park and loves a long shot. He scored the winner against Seville and at 11/2 to score any time has to be worth a go.

Samuel Eto'o got Inter's goal in the away victory over Chelsea and he scored two in midweek in Serie A and is among the best strikers in the world, he is 3/1 to score first.

As I said earlier, the second leg, in front of the Russian fans and on CSKA's artificial pitch will be a totally different prospect but with Jose's home record and Inter's wealth of European experience I think they should make the tie pretty comfortable with a win here.

I would go for the 2-0 scoreline at 5/1 as I don't think CSKA will be able to score, severely limiting their chances of progressing.



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