The weekend in Italy – Leonardo’s Inter keep on rolling while Milan stumble

By on January 17, 2011 - 88 views

Inter Milan set the ball rolling this week in Serie A with a 4-1 win over Bologna, who had another two points docked from their total for financial irregularities. Samuel Eto’o pounced on a Bologna mistake to roll the ball into the path of arguably offside Dejan Stankovic to break the deadlock, as did Thiago Motta to set up Diego Milito for the second. Samuel Eto’o got a brace to take his season total up to 21 goals, before Henry Gimenez recouped a consolation goal for Bologna.

The win means Inter have gotten all the available points under Leonardo and should they win their two games in hand they could be second, just three points behind Milan. The Brazilian coach has benefited from several players returning from injury but is still without Julio Cesar, Wesley Sneijder and Walter Samuel while the squad appears to be enjoying their football for the first time in several years.

While Inter have flourished, Milan have looked sluggish since returning from the winter break, dropping another two points away to Lecce. After a dull first half, Zlatan Ibrahimovic popped up with another batch of magic shortly after the restart, taking the ball past two Lecce players before striking his half-volley into the top corner. Lecce threw men forward and it eventually worked in the 81st minute when Ruben Olivera equalised.

Elsewhere, Alberto Aquilani rescued a 2-1 win for Juventus against Bari with a scorching volley after Gergely Rudolf took advantage of a poor Juve defence to score on his debut for the Southern club, a weakened Lazio side grinded out a 1-0 win over Sampdoria with a debatable goal from substitute Libor Kuzak, as did capital rivals Roma in their 1-0 win away to Cesena, with Adriano offside for the shot that resulted in Roma’s goal.

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One Comment

  1. Dino Landucci

    January 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

    In your editorial you make the following point “while the squad appears to be enjoying their football for the first time in several years.”

    Er not so my friend – several months would be more like it…… they only went on to win three trophies in 2009/10, one of which was the Champions League, under Mourinho. The period of discontent stems from appointment of Benitez, and was due to his lack of man management skills.

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