Mancini expecting tough Juve battle

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini knows that his team will face a tough task in their Coppa Italia semi-final against Juventus on Wednesday.

Fortune seems to have swung in Juve's favour ahead of the first leg at Juventus Stadium, with the Bianconeri on an 11-match unbeaten run in Serie A, while the Nerazzurri have only won once in their last five league outings.

"When you get down to the last four teams, it's quite normal to come up against a strong side," Mancini said.

"They have made up an enormous amount of ground in the league and are in great form at present. There's no doubt that we'll have to battle hard tomorrow.

"These are matches that are ultimately played over the course of 180 minutes, so we need to get a good result tomorrow in order to be in a strong position when we return home for the second game at the San Siro.

"There are times when things don't go quite so well and that's not because the boys are playing badly. We're putting in a lot more running than we did at the start of the season.

"Some teams struggled early on and now we're going through a bit of a difficult patch. We're looking to get through this period as quickly as possible and we'll try to go on another winning streak that would see us return to where we were. We're capable of doing that, we just need to keep calm."

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