Have Inter won the scudetto already?

February 28, 2008

Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw with second-placed AS Roma maintained Inter Milan’s nine-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti hinted before the game that the title race would effectively be over if his side didn’t win. But after a controversial red card for Roma’s Philippe Mexes and Javier Zanetti’s 88th minute equaliser for Inter, the Roma boss refused to concede.

“The championship isn’t finished, nine points can be overhauled,” he said.

Is he right or are Inter already assured of their third title in row? *

The champions, unbeaten in Serie A this term, are definitely having a wobble following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League.

Hernan Crespo salvaged a 1-1 draw at Sampdoria last weekend while Inter were without injured strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Cruz for the Roma clash, with left back Maxwell limping off in the second half when they’d used all their subs.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini is no fool and will make sure his players “stay focused”. The Italian media have decided it’s all over though. with Thursday’s Gazzetta dello Sport asking: “Have Inter killed the championship?”

Inter equalled the record last season for wrapping up the title in the quickest time. They were celebrating five games before the end last term and this year they could do it again despite Juventus being back in the top flight and AC Milan having no points deductions.

If Inter are not careful they’ll end up like Lyon, who must be bored of winning the French title by now.

Mark Meadows, Reuters Sports Correspondent in Milan   

* Inter were awarded the 2005/06 title in a courtroom after Juventus were demoted in a match-fixing scandal. Milan also received points deductions in the affair. Don’t ever tell a Juve fan that fierce rivals Inter won the league that year, I’ve been there and it isn’t pretty.

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Inter has killed the Italian scudetto once again. Lets hope for some magic against Liverpool.

Posted by Jimmy Rod | Report as abusive

Inter has done it again… but this brings me to think that they did it when we have some of the best Coaches and Teams competing in their league..
I agree that Milan have been a little off-beat in the early stages but Juve and Roma have been consistent at the least. The unbeaten season so far is making the difference I guess.

Still, Inter performing this feat so early in the season deserves an applause…. well done Mancini and Team.

Posted by Khalid | Report as abusive