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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Inter Rolls On: Ties European Consecutive Wins Record

Behind closed doors in Verona, Inter Milan did what has become customary this season. They won. For the eighth time on the road, and the 15th overall in a row, the nerazzurri defeated Chievo Verona, 0 to 2. Adriano scored the first, and Hernan Crespo added the second as the religion of calcio returned once again to Italian Sundays. Although the sight of empty stadia was Kafkaesque.

Fifteen wins in a row puts Inter in a distinctive neighborhood. Only Real Madrid in 1960 to 1961, along with Bayern Munich in 2005 to 2006, have achieved this feat. For years, Inter has suffered as the team that almost "could." They were awarded last year's title by default. As Silvio Berlusconi derisively said, "A lifetime achievement award." Now they are running away with the Scudetto, Adriano has returned to his former self, and they have the Champions League title firmly in their sights. People see that Mr. Mancini knows a thing or two about coaching a Noah's Ark of international stars.

People might say that this Italian season has been diluted by the absence of Juventus, along with the point penalties to Fiorentina, Lazio, and Milan. But 15 in a row speaks for itself. Regardless of the league or its components. What would Shakespeare say? "I am just a base footballer." ;-)

2 comments:

Merengue said...

Inter's unbeaten streak is very impressive. I am wonering though when the postponed game against Roma will be replayed? That looks now like the only chance, if Roma wins, for there to even be a title race in Serie A.

For my money Totti and Mancini of Roma have been as good as any players in the league but will they be enough to beat Inter? If I recall Inter previously won, in the first go around of matches, at Roma.

Steve Amoia said...

Thank you for your post. Last week, I read that it will be rescheduled for some time in April. Most likely, a mid week game to keep the fixtures lists on schedule.

Yes, you are correct. Inter won in Rome. They also defeated Roma for the Italian Cup the last two years, and will face them again in a two-legged Cup tie in May. If Inter advances in the Champions League, that might also be a factor to assist Roma. But Inter is very strong.

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