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Inter defender Walter SamuelWhen Inter Milan won the old European Cup in successive years back in 1964 and 65, few would have thought that they would have such difficulty in winning it again, but 45 years have now passed since Inter were European champions.

Inter can be said to have put this period behind them as far as Serie A is concerned, having won the last four league titles, but Champions League glory has still not been forthcoming.

In their four seasons as Serie A title holders, only once have Inter progressed to the quarter final stage. Now they have made it to the last eight again and Jose Mourinho’s side have every chance, according to online football betting pundits, of progressing to the semi finals.

Inter face the rank outsiders CSKA Moscow in a first leg clash at the San Siro and are expected to progress against the Russians. Yet this long-awaited chance has come about at a time when Inter are struggling for form in Italy, having won just two of their last nine league games.

Roma are now hot on the heels of Inter at the top of Serie A, but the Nerazzurri have suffered similar wobbles in recent years and recovered to win the title.

If anything, Inter’s loss of form demonstrates how distracted they are by their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League. If they progress past CSKA Moscow, Inter will face either Arsenal or Barcelona in the semi finals.

There is nothing that Mourinho would like better than the opportunity to pit his pragmatic tactics against the pure football of Pep Guardiola or Arsene Wenger and no one would be truly surprised if ‘The Special One’ came out on top.

Elsewhere, now is the time to be checking out UEFA Europa League Match Betting with the quarter finals getting underway on Thursday.

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