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If Inter are the best in Serie A…
My dad was a sports journalist too so he has seen a fair few matches in his time.
After Inter Milan’s 0-0 Champions League draw with holders Manchester United at the San Siro, he sent me a very abrupt text message.
“If Inter are the best team in Serie A then the rest must be rubbish!”
(He didn’t actually use the word rubbish, I’ll let you guess the real word he used.)
Does he have a point? Jose Mourinho’s side were played off their own park by United in the first half. The Italian champions, nine points clear this term as they seek a fourth straight scudetto, continually wasted possession in the final third.
Mourinho hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s performance (even though I thought he was average), saying: “I think it’s right to talk about Ibrahimovic, he had a wonderful game and let’s remember that playing against Manchester United isn’t like playing against Bologna.”
Isn’t that exactly the point? Inter have little competition in Italy at the moment and are again running away with Serie A without playing especially well this season.
They also have a big chip on their shoulder about the European Cup having only won it in 1964 and 1965. It makes them get unduly nervous. They were well beaten by Liverpool at this first knockout round stage last season and struggled through this term’s group stages.
AC Milan were easily beaten by Arsenal last season and the Gunners, despite their troubles in the Premier League, should have beaten Roma by more than 1-0 on Tuesday.
Can Serie A and Inter recover? An away goal at Old Trafford on March 11 would help…
PHOTO: Inter Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) challenges Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during their Champions League match at the San Siro, Feb. 24, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini