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Defending champions Inter Milan kick-off their Coppa Italia campaign against Genoa at the San Siro stadium on Thursday.
Fresh from their crucial victory over arch-rivals AC Milan on the weekend, Inter Milan kick-off their defense of the Coppa Italia at the round of 16 stage against Genoa at the San Siro stadium on Thursday.
Inter come into the clash in sensational form, as their victory over Milan extended their winning streak to six matches, where they scored 14 goals and conceded only one. The Nerazzurri seem unstoppable at present and will hope to continue with their impressive run of results against a Genoa side which they eliminated at an identical stage of the tournament last year.
But Genoa are expected to give Inter a run for their money, after obtaining a dramatic 3-2 victory over high-flying Udinese on the weekend. If Genoa manage to demonstrate the same attacking prowess as they did against Udinese an upset could possibly be on the cards.
The Swedish scoring-machine expressed his frustration for the negative tactics employed by their city rivals on Sunday.
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic slammed arch-rivals Inter Milan for their defensive-minded approach to the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday.
Inter escaped from the San Siro with a valuable 1-0 victory courtesy of a second-half strike from Argentine goal-poacher Diego Milito, but it was Milan who dominated great part of the match, even if they lacked imagination when it came down to creating goal-scoring opportunities.
"We didn't have a good match, because we couldn't get many shots on target," a clearly disappointed Ibrahimovic admitted to reporters.
A superb Diego Milito strike is the difference as Inter Milan edge out city rivals AC Milan to reignite their title aspirations at the San Siro on Sunday.
Inter Milan defeated arch-rivals AC Milan 1-0 in the latest edition of the Derby della Madonnina at the San Siro stadium on Sunday. The only goal of the match was converted by prolific Argentine striker Diego Milito in the second half.
With the result, Milan surrendered league leadership to Juventus, while Inter cut the gap at the top of the table to just six points.
Inter started the brighter of the two sides and it seemed that they had taken an early lead when Thiago Motta headed home a right-sided free-kick from Maicon, but the goal was disallowed for a dubious offside infringement.
All eyes will be glued on the San Siro when AC Milan and Inter Milan lock horns in the 155th edition of the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday.
Milan and Inter clash in what is expected to be an epic 155th edition of the Derby della Madonnina at the San Siro stadium on Sunday. Much is at stake for the rivals as while a win would consolidate Milan's advantage at the top of the table, a defeat for Inter could prove fatal.
Inter trail Milan by eight points, however, they come into the derby with five consecutive victories under their belt, including a 5-0 demolition of Parma last Saturday. After a dismal beginning, Claudio Ranieri has finally been able to assemble a winning combination and it appears that on current form Inter are stronger than ever.
Italian champions Milan have been in equally good form, and the facts speak for themselves, as the Serie A league leaders have notched up 10 wins and 2 draws from their last twelve outings.
Due to the impressive recent form of both clubs the eagerly awaited Milan derby could go either way.
Arch-rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan will lock horns in the latest edition of the Derby della Madonnina at the San Siro stadium on Sunday. The clash is expected to be a mouthwatering affair due to the fact that the rivals have been in unstoppable form in recent weeks.
While Inter come into the derby with five consecutive victories under their belt, including a 5-0 demolition of Parma on Saturday, Italian champions Milan have been in equally good form, having recently returned to the top of Serie A with 10 wins and 2 draws from their last twelve outings.
Both clubs had started their 2011-12 Serie A campaigns in disastrous manner, but have since turned things around due in great part to the fact that their key players have returned to top form.
The experienced Argentine is looking forward to the highly anticipated showdown between the Milan rivals on Sunday.
Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso admitted that he is very excited about the prospect of facing arch-rivals AC Milan in a crucial Serie A clash at the San Siro stadium on Sunday night.
The experienced Argentine international believes that it will be a hotly contested encounter between two in-form sides that could be decided by a single moment of inspiration.
"No one can ever predict which way the derby will go. This time both teams are passing through good moments," Cambiasso declared to Inter Milan's official website, in relation to the fact that while they thumped Parma 5-0 on the weekend, AC Milan also picked up a positive result in a 2-0 win at Atalanta.
The Italian champions are the odds on favourites to secure the services of the explosive Argentine.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is likely to continue his career at AC Milan, after reports indicated that the controversial Argentine international rejected an offer to join Inter Milan in favour of their arch-rivals.
According to Calciomercato Tevez's agent "[Kia] Joorabchian said no to Marco Branca," the sporting director of Inter, who was in charge of negotiating the striker's possible transfer to the club.
It also stated that "Tevez had shown his desire to play for Milan, alongside [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic," the Swedish striker, who recently admitted that if Tevez were to join Milan he would help him "score lots of goals with the Rossoneri jersey."
Despite his good form with the Citizens the controversial striker admitted that he has become increasingly homesick in England.
Mario Balotelli admitted that if he were to leave Manchester City in the near future it would only be to return to his homeland Italy.
The controversial former Inter Milan attacker arrived in England in 2010, but although he has adapted nicely to the style of the Premier League he confessed that he has yet to make any friends in England and this makes living away from home all the more difficult.
"I'm 21 and have lived far from home for nearly two years now," Balotelli affirmed to L'Uomo Vogue. "I have adapted fairly well despite the clear [cultural] differences.
Diego Milito scores twice as Inter Milan slaughter Parma at the San Siro to extend their winning streak to five matches.
Inter Milan moved within five points of league leaders AC Milan after thrashing Parma 5-0 at the San Siro stadium on Saturday, courtesy of two goals from Argentine hit-man Diego Milito and others from Thiago Motta, Giampaolo Pazzini and Marco Faraoni.
It was an extremely one-sided affair, as Inter completely dominated their opponents from the beginning to the end. Claudio Ranieri's side were always in control, and they went ahead in the 12th minute when Milito poked home a superb left-wing cross from fellow Argentine Ricardo Alvarez.
Five minutes later, midfielder Thiago Motta met a rebound with an unstoppable left-footed drive from outside of the area that left Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante with no chance.
Inter Milan will be looking to extend their winning streak to five matches when they take on Parma at the San Siro on Saturday.
Inter Milan will be hoping to extend their unbeaten record to five games when they take on Parma at the San Siro stadium on Saturday. The Nerazzurri have returned to their best after a dismal beginning to their campaign, and currently lie in fifth position with 26 points, eight points behind league leaders and crosstown rivals AC Milan.
If Inter manage to overcome Parma, who find themselves in 13th place and winless in their last five games, they will be in confident mood to confront their final two matches of the first round which are incidentally against two of their direct rivals in AC Milan and Lazio.
Inter are the overwhelming favourites to claim the three points, however, Claudio Ranieri will have to make do without the services of Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder and Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan, while both Jonathan and Cristian Chivu are in doubt for the clash at the San Siro.
The most ‘even’ Champions League draw will be taking place on the 16th of December.
Italy is the nation with most sides in the round of 16. Germany, Spain, Russia, England and France each are represented by two sides in the competition. Cyprus, Switzerland and Portugal are each represented by one team. All these teams have made their passages through tough groups with perhaps the exception of Barcelona and AC Milan. These two sides were drawn with Plzen and Bate, two relative novices at this level, in the group stage.
Nonetheless, Barca and Milan must be given credit for qualifying as the novices have risen this season. Whereas experienced competitors such as Manchester United, Villarreal, Porto and Valencia have gone out, the likes of Apoel Nicosia and FC Basel have progressed into the knockout stages.
The summer transfer window is still heating up with more deals and debatable statements popping up, and many are wishing that Wesley Sneijder could turn into Manchester United’s midfield maestro.
As part of their operation to find a replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, the Red Devils have been making much effort in signing midfielders with high reputation. On their list was Tottenham’s Luka Modric, but with the Croatian international being unlikely to land at the Old Trafford, the attention is now seriously on Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder.
The Dutchman has played a big role for the Nerazzurri since his arrival at the San Siro, and his services are consequently nothing but expensive and wanted. While transfer negotiations could in fact break down, Manchester United’s assistant manager has revealed that Sneijder would be the perfect player to take over Scholes’ position.
Makaay believes that Bayern Munich lack a defensive powerhouse at the back and they should have never sold Lucio
Fomer Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay claims that the weakness in the Bavarian outfit comes from the back, where there has been a piece of jigsaw missing since Lucio was sold to Inter Milan.
"Back in the centre of defence, I [would] never have sold Lucio. He was one of the best central defenders with whom I played. At that time a decision was made to sell - it doesn't matter by whom - and now they have just noticed that he is missing."
Bayern had an average season last term, finishing third in the Bundesliga and getting knocked out of Europe in the second round by Inter Milan. Now, they have started a rebuilding process by capturing Manuel Neuer and Rafinha- moves that will significantly improve their defence. However, Makaay also believes that other factors have been affecting them as well.
Wesley Sneijder has reiterated his intention to remai with Inter Milan next season and this could be a massive blow to United's hopes of replacing Paul Scholes.
Manchester United were apparently in for Wesley Sneijder as they intensified their search for a perfect replacement for Paul Scholes. However, all their intentions have now reached a major stumbling block as the player himself is keen to remain with Inter Milan next season.
"There is a family atmosphere at Inter and there are all the ingredients to aim high," he said, according to Corriere dello Sport.
"Milan is marvellous, picturesque and full of elegance. I love it. At the moment I am very happy here and I don't see why I should leave."
Kaka is adamant about staying at the Santiago Bernabeu after he squashed speculation linking him with a move to Inter Milan.
Kaka's speculated departure from Real Madrid has been one of hotly debated topic in recent times but while there has been some reported interest from Inter Milan, Kaka believe that his future lies nowhere but with Madrid.
“Frankly, my wish is to stay. Before I came to Brazil, Mourinho and the leaders at Madrid told me to spend a quiet holiday ahead of the pre-season.
"They knew that there would be lot of speculation because there have been rumours ever since I arrived [at Madrid]. But I really want to stay and I will stay.”
In view of the fact that Manchester United will be facing Barcelona in England, the Red Devils could be considered slight favourites, but an effective formula says otherwise.
Some believe it is “Best Coach vs Best Team”, others believe it is “Experience vs Accuracy”. Regardless, both Champions League finalists may be in great form and have the needed support, but it presently seems destiny will benefit La Liga champions.
“Whoever loses to the eventual champion in the semi-finals comes back the following season to snatch the trophy…”
Yes, it all began in the 2005/2006 Champions League season, when Barcelona went on to lift the trophy—their first European title of the century. In April 2006, the Catalans defeated a strong AC Milan side 1-0 on aggregate to qualify into the final—only to triumph over Arsenal 2-1 in France.
The Italian giants then bounced back in the ensuing season and successfully achieved their goal. As they were placed against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the 2006/07 Champions League, the San Siro soldiers gave their all to dominate at home 3-0, after they shockingly lost 3-2 in the first leg at the Old Trafford. The Rossoneri consequently fought English giants Liverpool in the final, but “incompetence” from the referee and his assistants was just enough for them to rule their opponents and lift the cup.
Palermo have the chance to win the Coppa Italia after thirty-two years when they take on Inter in the final on Sunday.
Despite the encompassing interest around Javier Pastore from various clubs, and the racist abuse against Samuel Eto’o off the field, Palermo and Inter will take the field in earnest during Sunday’s Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
In some seasons, the Coppa Italia, even in the latter stages, inspires only passing interest. However, given that Palermo will be competing in the tournament’s final after thirty-two years, and that Sunday represents the last chance for Inter to land a domestic trophy this season, the game has amplified significance.
Palermo had to beat newly-crowned Italian champions Milan in the semi-final to earn their chance to ease the pain of 1979, the year they lost to Juventus in the final. Inter, winners of this competition three times in the last six years, finished six points behind Milan in the standings, but winning the Coppa Italia will provide a measure of satisfaction.
Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho is perhaps Barcelona’s most potent enemy, but in a different scenario, the recent Clasico winner could well have been in the shoes of Guardiola, as Barca’s coach.
The relationship linking Mourinho to Barcelona has not always been as rigid as it currently seems. The Portuguese manager was once looked upon as a key participant in the future of the Catalan team by the club’s board; but unpredictable changes wholly altered the situation, making Mourinho give his heart to the Blaugrana’s bitter archrivals: Real Madrid.
In truth to be told, damages in the Special One’s friendship with Barcelona gradually took place over a period of years, and it was the last months before his arrival in Real that marked the permanent end of the companionship between Mourinho and his one-time allies. There will surely never ever be any happening that will restore the dead connection that previously looked so promising in the eyes of the Azulgranas. Future episodes related to the saga remain a mystery for now, but one thing is currently certain: forthcoming Clasicos will do nothing but heat up the enmity that has drawn Jose Mourinho so far away from Barcelona.
Despite being overthrown from the 'favourites' position after they were humbled by Schalke at home last week, one player is not ready to give up hopes on progression for the Nerazzuri.
How often has Javier Zanetti been the inspiring figure behind the scenes at Inter Milan? Nevertheless, the Argentinean has once again rallied his fellow troops to not give up at all when they take on Schalke later tonight.
Inter were virtually dismantled before their own fans last week as Schalke came out victorious from the San Siro with a 5-2 score line. While fans are already expecting a defeat in their bid to defend their Champions League title, Javier Zanetti isn't quite ready to walk over the tie yet.
The defending European champions will come up against the Miners in the Inter Milan vs Schalke match this evening, and even without the Special One Mourinho, Inter still have a chance to triumph.
The Serie A title holders were metamorphosed into an untouchable side last season, after they grabbed the treble under the leadership of Coach Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager led the club to their third European title, and their journey to continental success was not the easiest one of all. Inter faced superpowers Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich on their way to the top, yet in some ways, they were just too commanding for their giant opponents.
After Mourinho left Inter Milan to take on new duties at Real Madrid, the Italians began to sink under the direction of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez. Unsatisfying results in the league and lack of buoyancy eventually pushed the club’s leaders to elect a new manager: Leonardo.