Story By Ryan Howden
Venue: San Siro Date: Sunday 7th October Kick-Off: 19:45
As I write this the San Siro will be filling with excited Milanese in both blue and red ready for one of the oldest and greatest derby’s in world football, the Derby Della Madonnina. When I think of Milan, both AC and Internazionale, I remember Sunday mornings watching two of the best and classiest teams in the world, with football that as a youngster amazed me. How the mighty fall.
Both Milan and Inter are having their worst starts to the season since before the second world war, Milan have lost 3 of the first four games in the season while Inter lost to relative minnows Siena. This is unknown in this city where football means so much, ‘only (the city of) Milan can boast to have won 10 European Cups and Champions Leagues with its clubs’ wrote La Gazzetta Dello Sport ‘They’ve made history in Europe, but are falling apart in Italy.’
Part of this demise is undoubtedly to do with the dire financial crisis in Italy and also the UEFA fair-play regulations, neither club can now live beyond their means. This has been show prominently at Milan who sold two of their best players Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain for £56 million to balance the books, and while this may have put money in the bank its left a gaping whole on the pitch. Both clubs are also looking to build a new generation and this does take time, the players who helped Milan win the Champions League in 2007 and the Nerazzurri Gattuso and Seedorf leave Milan while Inzaghi retired. Inter also saw Cesar, Lucio and Maicon leave the San Siro.
Inters fall from grace has been slower but no less dramatic than that of Milan’s. In 2010 they were on top of the world when, under Jose Mourinho they won the treble. And while new coaches of a very high calibre have come in since Mourinho left for pastures new at Madrid, none have been able to bring a fresh approach to the squad. This fresh approach will be hard to come by though as while Mourinho was brilliant at Inter it was at the expense of a lot of the clubs youth talent, these young players stood no chance of making it into this trophy winning machine, so they moved on and now the ageing Internazionale squad is in dire need of an influx of youth it no longer has.
Andrea Stamaccioni is now the manager at Inter after being promoted from his highly successful tenure as youth coach, the fans and the board are both hoping he will be able to bring in some fresh talent.
Recently though Milan and Inter have improved, both being unbeaten in all competitions. Though many still feel that it is Napoli, not the old giants of Milan who will challenge Juventus for the title.
The Stage is now set at the San Siro for an amazing game, so if it comes down to a choice I’d go for the Della Madonnina over the El Classico.
The 11 Teams Predictions
Ryan: AC Milan 1-3 Inter Milan
Ben: AC Milan 1-2 Inter Milan
Adam AC Milan 3-2 Inter Milan