A few weeks ago, Inter lost in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to Sampdoria. This weekend they once again make the short trip down to Genova but this time to face the team from the Rossoblu side of the city, Genoa C.F.C.
This game will be another tough test for the champions, facing another side that have been playing very well this season, and already have a victory over Roma and a home draw with Juventus to boost their confidence. Compare that with Inter who have been struggling for form recently and this game has definite potential for an upset – if it could be called an upset given how good a side Genoa now are.
The match has an added element, as although both are injured, Diego Milito and Thaigo Motta are making their return after leaving Genoa for Inter in the summer. Motta has spoken this week about his feelings for his former side. “It will be a great day,” he said, “My past year in Genoa was wonderful. I have maintained a special relationship with the fans and my former teammates.” Whether the fans will feel the same about two players who left the club remains to be seen, and the pair could be in for a frosty reception on Sunday, albeit from the sidelines.
Javier Zanetti has also been talking about this weekend’s game, as well as the upcoming Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev. He described the Kiev game as ‘have to win’ and then appealed to the fans, saying “I am sure our fans will help us and we expect to see them at the Giuseppe Meazza.” The next two games are very important in the context of Inter’s season, because the Genoa game gives them the chance to emphasize their dominance in Serie A, and then the opportunity to save their European campaign by picking up a valuable three points. The more points they drop in the Champions League, the more important the return leg at the Camp Nou against Barcelona becomes, and la Beneamata will not want to have to go there needing a result.
Another worry for Inter fans is the rumours that have appeared this week surrounding Douglas Maicon. Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked with the right-back during the international break and Inter technical director Marco Branca has been quick to dismiss the idea that the Brazilian is for sale: “it’s understandable that certain stories find space in the media during the international break” he said, “but the specifics that have appeared in today’s news are non existent.” Jose Mourinho will no doubt be anxious to keep hold of Maicon who has become one of the best full-backs on the planet in the last few seasons and would be irreplaceable if sold. Continuing on the transfer front, Amantino Mancini’s agent has admitted that his client would be willing listen to offers from other clubs. The former Roma man seems to have finally realised that the time has come to cut his losses and look for a way to revive his career. How many other clubs will be interested is anyone’s guess, with Genoa having reportedly dropped their interest in taking Mancini and Ricardo Quaresma off la Benemata’s hands.
The best news of the week, in Football Italiano’s opinion, is that Marco Materazzi has recovered from the injury he sustained at the beginning of September and will soon be ready to play again. He has been training with the squad and expects to return to first team action in the near future. As if further proof was needed that controversial characters flock together, former Perugia president Luciano Gaucci has voiced his opinion that one day his former player – Materazzi – will be a great coach. In an interview Gaucci said: “I think he will become a great coach. I am angry with Lippi – Materazzi helped him win the World Cup, but he’s showing him no recognition. He could at least call him up, instead he’s the only one he’s leaving home, while he still had confidence in Cannavaro.” It is nice to see that whilst Gaucci may no longer be involved in football, he has not mellowed with age, retaining the same colourful opinions that made him one of the most flamboyant characters in Serie A during the 1990s.
Inter Club Focus 2009/10
Another Scudetto for the Nerazzurri? – August 18, 2009
A stuttering start, and a Portuguese explosion – August 25, 2009
It’s derby time – August 28, 2009
A wonderful derby but the champions of Europe are waiting – September 1, 2009
All is well for la Beneamata – September 4, 2009
International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)
Friendlies, injuries and stolen boots… – September 7, 2009
Nerazzurri look to the future as Ibra looks back – September 11, 2009
Inter get a point, but that’s not the point – September 18, 2009
They never had a problem with ugly wins – September 22, 2009
Partenopei are beaten Black and Blue – September 25, 2009
Blucerchiati run rings round Inter – September 29, 2009
Champions League? You’re having a laugh – October 2, 2009
I’d rather be lucky than good – October 6, 2009
The international break – October 6, 2009
International Week (Republic of Ireland-Italy, Italy-Cyprus)
Transfer Talk – October 13, 2009
Back to Genova – October 16, 2009