Written by Piero Pique
Last weekend was full of classic football games, such as Man united- Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund- Bayern München and Madrid’s derby joined by the Milan-Inter match, the “derby della Madonnina”.
The two teams came to this crucial match in two completely different ways.
Inter despite the £120 million spent on transfers, before the derby was only tenth in Serie A and almost out of the Europa League.
They have also already changed three managers during this season.
Roberto Mancini in August, after a disagreement with the new Chinese ownership.
Franck de Boer was sacked a month ago, after the defeat against Sampdoria.
De Boer has not been able to offer good results with his delightful idea of football which contains a good possession, pressure and position.
After de Boer, who suffered 7 defeats in 14 official games, Stefano Vecchi arrived for a week (one match win and another lost).
Now on Nerazzurri’s bench there is Stefano Pioli.
On the other hand Milan’ season is surprisingly positive although they had an inadequate transfer window, before this derby Rossoneri were third with the chance to end up second.
During the first half Milan chose to stay back in defence, playing only with counter attacks, on thecontrary Nerazzurri dominated the match with a good possession and an incredible amount of crosses.
Inter proved that they are an important and well talented team.
With players like Icardi, Banega, Perisic, Joao Mario, Candreva, Miranda, Handanovic this club should be at least in top 3 in Italy.
But football is weird and when there were three minutes left to half time ( 42nd minute) after a classic Milan’s counter attack Suso supplied a cracking finish to give the lead to Milan.
In the 2nd after 8 minutes Inter found themselves with a marvellous shot from out of the box from Antonio Candreva with the equalising goal.
5 minutes later on another lethal counter attack led by Bacca and Suso, who scores a double, gave Milan the lead again.
After that Rossoneri were even more defensive than before. They showed a strong and solid defence.
Montella, Milan’s coach, took off Bacca, their strongest striker and puts in Mati Fernandez a midfielder who can keep possession.
This plan fails.
The last twenty minutes of the derby for the red and Black’s fans are ain agony,a final assault of Icardi’s team.
The referee Tagliavento gives only 3 minutes of extra time and where there is less than a minute to go, on developments of a corner kick: Perisic Scores!
And this derby finishes with a thrilling draw that we can say pleases both teams.
THE BEST: Suso: he is everywhere, he scores, he defends, he creates.
THE WORST: Mauro Icardi: simply he had a bad day, it happens also to the best strikers in the world.
English friends, when do you think we will see again a champions league semi-final with Milan-Inter as it happened in 2003?
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