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Serie A Preview: The Milan Derby

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I start with the Red and Black side of the house!

I start with the Red and Black side of the house!

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1. What is your favorite Derby memory?

(Wow, that’s a tough one tbh) The 6-0 is now folklore I guess. The more recent ones that stand out is the 3-0 in our scudetto winning season as it was pretty comprehensive and it also slapped down all those who said we were Ibra-dependent as he wasn’t even playing! The one I enjoyed even more was in 2008 where Inter were in the ascendancy and we were flailing in the league, we still turned on the style to win with goals from Kaka & Inzaghi! Bellissimo!

2. State of the Opposing Club?

Hmm, that’s such a bad question right now it aint even funny! Ignoring the fact that we have a coach hated by some "fans", unsupported by the Management and is leading a team made up of rejects & last minute signings we are where we deserve to be in the league. Meanwhile, we also have some kind of Game Of Thrones scheming & backstabbing going on between Galliani & Barbara Berlusconi upstairs. After Barbara’s recently attempted coup lead to Galliani threatening to walk the club is effectively split, which is bad when you know the two opposing parties don’t like each other. Inter on the other hand appear to be in the ascendancy again. New owner always brings new enthusiasm & MONEY! Long term will tell if this was a good move tho.

3. Exciting Player to Watch this Derby?

Mario! Mario! Mario! The guy’s a beast and when he’s on his game he can put the ball where he wants, I’m sure he is going to try to make up for last seasons 1-0 loss. Surely the idea of coming up against him fills all Interista with dread?!?

4. Player that needs to be stopped to secure a win?

Mario! Mario! Mario! See above. On the Inter side, Handanovic is easily the Inter player I fear most, I honestly see it being between him and Mario as to who walks away with the spoils. Guarin is a guy that I think we should smother……..in a footballing sense of course! J

5. Predictions?

This will be a tight and cagey affair. I expect to see the more open play coming from Inter with Milan trying to grind things down via De Jong & Muntari but keep a lookout for some magic from Ricky & Mario tho. 0-1 to Milan!