With victory over lowly Siena on Sunday, Inter Milan racked up their sixth consecutive scudetto with Roma finishing runners up in each of these title winning seasons par one. This type of duopoly has had many of us bemoaning the competitiveness of the Italian game but this problem is not solely in Serie A.
The English Premier League which is regarded by many as the trend setter on the Old Continent in recent years also suffers from this problematic syndrome. In the last six seasons the spoils have been shared by the two superpowers, Manchester United and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea. As well as in La Liga, as the historic rivals, Real Madrid and Barcelona were the only teams to claim first spot in the last six seasons.
The real credentials come with victory on the European stage and this is where the “duopoly superpowers” of Europe showcase their omnipotence and determine who is the special one.
Talking of special ones, the self ordained Jose Mourinho will look to complete a historic treble with his players when they face the German champions, Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday. Bayern are also on track to completing a treble winning campaign after their four – nil victory over Werder Bremen on Saturday in the German Cup . Victory in the Bernabeu would forever cement the Portuguese maestro in the hearts of the Nerazzurri faithful as they end their 46 year wait for the coveted European Cup. Inter have had an arduous route to the final with the formidable Barcelona and Chelsea being left on the wayside as the juggernaut that is this year’s Inter swept through the rounds and must now beat their Bavarian counterparts to confirm their status as the number one team in Europe.
If Inter lift the big earred trophy on Saturday they will not only have finally earned the bragging rights on the Old Continent after their endless stranglehold on the domestic scene but will go some way to re establishing the image of the Italian game as a reputable competitor as they join their city neighbours, AC Milan in the list of recent victors which is by no means a duopoly.
The last six seasons have seen five different winners from four different countries. Porto, Liverpool, Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester United and finally last year’s winners Barcelona. Before the semi final defeat to Inter, the Catalonian giants were on course for an unprecedented defence of their Champions League title until the Nerazzurri masterminded a way past the Harlem Globetrotters of the footballing world with a showcase of tactical nous. .
Good luck to the newly crowned Italian champions as they set foot in the cauldron that is the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night looking to close the club football calendar in style.