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WATCH: Champions League: The Italian Renaissance?

Kelly Somers heads-up our expert football panel as Sam Matterface, Graham Hunter and Steve Freeth assess the three Serie A sides all hoping to reign supreme in this season’s Champions League.

It’s been 13 years since Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan back to the summit of European football, and just how the Nerazzurri would love to etch their name further into the history books by becoming the first Italian side since then to land the big one in June.

They look primed to secure their spot in the last four of this season’s competition, and edge ever-closer to the showpiece final in Istanbul, as they hold a 2-0 first-leg advantage over Benfica ahead of the return fixture in Northern Italy on Wednesday.

But whilst they are the odds-on 1/20 favourites to progress beyond the quarter-finals, the big question is which other Serie A representative will likely be joining them?

Well, runaway leaders Napoli (17/20) have it all to do against AC Milan (16/5) if they are to keep their league and cup double hopes alive, after Ismael Bennacer’s strike put the three-time European Cup winners in the driving seat at the San Siro.

But with key striker Victor Osimhen fit and available for Tuesday night’s second-leg, Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti will be hoping the prolific Nigerian can help fire his side into the last four and further enhance what has already been an outstanding campaign.

It’s been 20 years since there were two Italian sides contesting the semi-finals of the Champions League, but with that stat likely to end this week, our resident football experts look at whether the 2022/23 campaign signifies a true ‘Italian Renaissance’. 

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