What does it take to be great? To be considered a contender? To be talked about around the world for all the right reasons?
The more I watch football, the blurrier the answer becomes.
I have a hard time understanding why a team like Inter does not receive the respect it so clearly deserves. They are still fighting on all fronts: The Champions League, The Scudetto, and Coppa Italia. They lead the league in both attack and defense.
They host a team of characters, from the arrogant types of "Ibracadabra" and the "Special One" to the chivalrous, class-act types of Zanetti and Cambiasso, this team is full of likable personnel from top to bottom.
But dark times are upon the Nerazzuri. They took care of their first challenge by disposing the Rossoneri in a fairly convincing performance. There is, however, another test on the horizon.
The men in black and blue will be entertaining the Red Devils in about a week's time in what is arguably one of the most important matches in recent times for the Italian side and football in general. A good result at the 'Stadio San Siro' could very well be the decisive factor in dethroning mighty Manchester United.
Maybe then, Inter will receive the respect it deserves.