Jose Mourinho, the Internazionale coach, is desperate for his players to recreate their Serie A form in the vital Champions League game with Dynamo Kiev tonight.
The Nerazzurri travel to the Ukraine in search of their first win in the competition this season after consecutive draws against Barcelona, Rubin Kazan and Dynamo in Group F. Their league form has been significantly better, with the defending champions seven points clear at the top after Sunday's 2-0 win at Livorno, their fifth straight win in Serie A.
"Our top position in the league is down to the fantastic work done by my players every day," Mourinho said . "The team needs to continue on this path and we will see if on Wednesday we can take an important result to give the team a morale boost in the Champions League."
The players, meanwhile, also know that failure to deliver in Kiev could prove costly. "We know this is an important game," striker Diego Milito said. "These three points are crucial in our hope to advance to the next round. We will try to give our best and hand a great performance."
Injuries continue to dog Inter, however, with Sulley Muntari the latest to be unavailable with a groin strain. Wesley Sneijder and Thiago Motta are still sidelined with thigh injuries.
"The team is okay but like any other side we have to consider the injured players," Mourinho said. "We have physical problems that slow down our work. I would like to have everyone available, but it's not possible."