The weekend in Italy – Inter suffer first defeat under Leonardo
Just when you think you can predict Serie A, there’s another twist in the tale.
Despite having been on an early winning streak under Leonardo, Inter lost 3-1 to Udinese. Dejan Stankovic gave the reigning champions an early advantage sixteen minutes in, only for Cristian Zapata to level the scores four minutes later. Then, Antonio Di Natale gave the Zebrette the lead with a free-kick after another five minutes. Inter were overrun by an energetic and vibrant Udinese side, with Maurizio Domizzi sealing the win in the second half, hinting that Massimo Moratti might need to open up his chequebook again after all if he wants to taste more success.
Meanwhile Milan, who have looked rather sluggish since their return from the winter break, edged past a Cesena side that had beaten them earlier in the season 2-0. First an own goal by Maximiliano Pellegrino on the stroke of half-time then an injury-time goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the win, taking his league tally to 12 goals and ensuring Milan stay four points clear at the top of Serie A.
Not everything changes though – Juventus still look poor, grinding out a dull 0-0 draw with Sampdoria. Although they haven’t been helped by an injury crisis, the team for the most part has been quite strong and there must surely be concerns for another season wasted now they are nine points off the pace.