Come Saturday, the city of Milan will be divided right down the middle. It is time for the Derby della Madonnina—for many, the greatest derby in the world.
The strange thing about this matchup is that the two teams have rarely been equally competitive at the same time. In the late 90’s and early 00’s, Milan were much the superior team and Inter couldn’t buy a win. In recent times though, the tables have turned with Inter having the superior squad and having the upper hand.
But tomorrow’s derby sees both the teams at the top of the summit separated by a mere two points. That’s a great stat to exemplify the magnitude of this game. The winner of the derby cannot be certain of winning the league, but the loser will surely have to all but give up any hopes of winning the Scudetto this season.
Inter head into this game full of confidence. They are through to the next round in the Champions League and have also chalked up a decent string of results. Over the same time, Milan has faltered. They got dumped out of Europe by tournament debutantes Spurs. They have also lost points in the league which has allowed Napoli and Inter to close in.
Coming back to tomorrow’s game, where will this game be won or lost? Who will be the hero for their team? Lets take a quick look at some key matchups in tomorrow’s firecracker contest.