Italian Super Cup: How Important Is the Game to Inter and AC Milan?

Nate KahnContributor IIIAugust 3, 2011

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 14: Gennaro Gattuso of AC Milan challenges Santiago Solari of Inter during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro on April 14, 2006 in Milan, Italy. AC won the match 1-0. (Photo by Newpress/Getty Images)
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The start of the new Italian football season kicks off this Saturday in Beijing, China. This will be the second time that the Italian Super Cup has been played in Beijing and the fifth time it has been played outside of Italy.

This will be first time, however, that the two Milan giants, Inter and AC, will square off in the Super Cup. Every time these two great rivals play, it means a lot to the fans, but the question remains as to how important it is to the players on each team.

There is no question that both of these teams would like to get their campaigns off to a good start by beating their rivals. However, for Inter, the game has a little bit more significance then it does for Milan.

Inter had a disappointing season last year, as they lost out on the Scudetto to their city rivals. In addition to that, Inter was defeated handily by the Rossoneri both times that they played. Therefore, the Nerazzuri would like to send a message in this match that they are back as the team to beat in Serie A.

In the grand scheme of things, however, this match is not one of crucial importance. Three out of the last four teams that have won the Super Cup have failed to win the Scudetto.

The vice president of AC Milan, Adriano Galliani, has also downplayed the importance of this match. He has stated that the result of the Super Cup will not influence his decisions in the transfer market no matter what the outcome is.

Even though both of these teams look set to be the favorites in the Serie A, the result of the match will surely be forgotten quickly as both teams set their sights on league play.