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    Inter vs Rangers - Match preview

    Inter’s second Champions League group stage match faces them against Scottish champions Glasgow Rangers.

    The blues have had a tough season so far in 05/06 and find themselves 11 points behind early leaders Hearts. However, their first European game of the group stage began well, with an entertaining 3-2 victory at Ibrox against former Champions League winners FC Porto. With tough players such as Dado Prso and captain Barry Ferguson and talent such as Peter Lovenkrands, “Franny” Jeffers, Ronald Waterreus and Thomas Buffel on the field, the 51 times Scottish League winners can not be underestimated…

    …Especially not in the surroundings that both teams will play in. After Inter’s Ultras threw flares onto the San Siro pitch last season in protest (one of which hit AC Milan ‘keeper Dida) of a disallowed goal, UEFA have banned fans from entering the Giuseppe Meazza stadium for 4 European games. After the Nerazzurr’s game against Rangers – they will still have 2 games to play behind closed doors. This abnormal atmosphere will be very hard to play in and the Milan club did everything to try and play with a crowd, they even offered to give all gate receipts to Charity but European’s football governing body rejected this idea.

    On paper, Inter Milan are undoubtedly on of the best teams in the world. However a lack of discipline and luck in the past have put trophies and Inter away from each other. Inter’s last European Cup came in the mid 1960’s while their last Scudetto (League) came in 1989. However, now in his 2nd season – coach Roberto Mancini has managed to bring something that was missing to the club, stability. Having already won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Supercup in his spell, the ex Sampdoria legend will be hoping to bring back the “big” trophies to the black and blue side of Milan. And with players such as Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso, Luis Figo and Adriano they are certainly in a position to do so.

    Having demoted Francesco Toldo to the bench, Brazilian ‘keeper Julio Cesar has made the goalkeepers spot his, and in impressive form too. In defence, Inter will have to do without inspirational right back Javier Zanetti but will be led by Ivan Cordoba, Walter Samuel and Marco Materazzi. Inter’s midfield it arguably it’s strongest feature. With flair players in Veron and Pizarro, tough tacklers in C.Zanetti and Cambiasso and skillful movers such as Figo and Stankovic on the pitch, the Nerazzurri often win matches thanks to their midfield control. Upfront, striker Adriano needs no introduction. He is often partnered by Nigerian starlet Obafemi Martins but Roberto Mancini has high quality alternatives in Alvaro Recoba and Julio Cruz.

    With Porto facing Artmedia Bratislava in this groups other game, the winner of this game is likely to find themselves with a 3 point lead to the next group, so a victory here would be an important step on the road to the knockout stages for either team…


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    24 10 years of FIF
    Thanx great work!!
    Which matches do you feel more, those with Juventus or Milan?
    "With Milan, without doubt. And I don't like the Rossoneri fans either because they have a way of behaving, particularly when they win, that I don't appreciate."
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    good effort Fabio,
    is there anyone writing the match report ? many of us didn't get to see the match..

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