Italian journalist Matteo Marani believes that even though Inter are in better shape than city rivals AC Milan on paper ahead of tomorrow’s Coppa Italia clash, the derby is never so straightforward.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Marani suggested that while the Nerazzurri have played better in their last matches, the Milan derby is a game with its own logic.
Inter have enjoyed a big improvement in form winning all three of their matches since returning from the international break, while the Rossoneri have slipped despite a convincing 2-0 victory over Genoa in their last game.
If the teams’ chances in tomorrow’s semi-final second leg were determined solely by how they have played recently, Inter might feel they have the advantage and the momentum.
However, the derby is a match in which both groups of players are always fully motivated and throughout its history has frequently produced results that have been contrary to the form of the two teams heading into it.
“Inzaghi can count on Brozovic who is the only irreplaceable player, Perisic is doing well and can make the difference on his own, Lautaro is back,” said Marani.
“Overall the Nerazzurri seem to be doing better,” he continued, “but that doesn’t mean anything because this is the derby and it always seems to elude logic, just think back to the second derby in the league , in addition there is the away goals rule which favors the Rossoneri.
Of the importance of the game, he said that “Ten years have passed and several owners have gone with them, but Milan and Inter are playing for the league title and the Coppa Italia final, which hasn’t happened. hasn’t been produced for many years.”
“Since last season they started fighting again for the Scudetto, and that meant the return of the Milan teams to the forefront of Italian football,” Marani explained.
“The Nerazzurri took a turn in Turin,” he added, “where they didn’t deserve the win but it came anyway, and then against Verona and Spezia they showed they had solved their problems.”