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Merry Christmas people!
 

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so he rides bikes, whoop tee doo

it must be clear that I only like to watch sports with balls or a puck (hockey rules)

He just doesn't ride bikes. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championship titles.
 

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Interesting article in the Daily Mirror about the game

Inter win the Milan derby - but they should be winning with style, not grinding out results like this

On Sunday night, a country enthralled by the beauty of football, wept quietly.

A match once considered poetry in motion in which each skilled turn on the ball or strategic pass conjured up the emotions one feels after taking in a Pablo Neruda verse was now nothing more than an assault on the senses. There was no poetry, there was barely even a rhyme.

La Gazzetta dello Sport said it best when they wrote that the Derby della Madonnina, “was graced not by Van Basten, Baggio, Ronaldo or Matthaeus, but instead by Constant, Kuzmanovic, Saponara and Taider.”

However, as their writer continued, “It was a Milan derby nonetheless.”

Indeed.

The quality of the game may have diminished but the questions it raised are pertinent. Most interestingly was the manner in which each coach opted to approach the game.

In the red corner we have a troubled Milan side, a fallen giant languishing near the bottom of Serie A with a coach whose job has been on the line for the best part of two years. It is a club where lately, chaos reigns supreme upstairs and nervous tension dominates downstairs.

Yet remarkably, their coach, Max Allegri, adopted a courageous approach to the game. With Riccardo Montolivo unavailable, the tactician decided to start Riccardo Saponara, a boy who only turned 22 a few days ago and has barely featured for the first team. The idea was to enhance the essence of Milan’s game and improve the fluidity of their movements.

In the blue corner, we have the ‘home’ team, Inter, a Milanese giant that boasts a young squad, a new owner and a brand spanking new project. Walter Mazzarri their new coach has arrived to offer stability and guide this fallen giant back to the top positions in the table.

With Ricky Alvarez unavailable for the game, the question surrounding the match was who Mazzarri would rely on instead. Would he give the young Mateo Kovacic, the creative genius the chance to play or would he go down another route?

Kovacic is the young Croatian whose mesmeric ability to link-up play and inject creativity delights the senses and excites the mind. When the Nerazzurri nabbed him least season, they did so with knowledge every rival was green with envy. Yet Mazzarri doesn’t trust a man who can't defend even if he has the potential to be one of the best creative forces in the league.

So instead, Kovacic was benched, Chelsea target Freddy Guarin was played behind forward Palacio, and Saphir Taider was played in midfield. Mazzarri opted for caution unlike his courageous counterpart. The result? Inter defended - only because they could do little else.

Palacio cut a solitary figure at the top, the midfield could barely string several passes together and when a player did finally get on the ball, he was usually only capable of squaring it or passing it sideways. There was no link-up play, no steady cohesion, no fluidity.

By contrast, Milan revelled in the excellent work of their youngster who moved well between the lines and helped his teammates press high up the pitch and harry the opponent. Yet once again, as one has come to expect of this Rossoneri side, their ability to possess the ball proved futile when poor decisions and inaccuracy dominated their play in the final third.

Inter, it must be said, were unlucky with the referee. They had a clear penalty disallowed. Yet based on their collective play, their inability to control and the lack of penetration on offer, it was clear Mazzarri had erred.

Rossoneri legs grew weary in the second half and were no longer able to track the runs of the fast Yuto Nagatomo or suppress the relentless energy of the Inter midfield. It was then that Mazzarri brought on Kovacic who pulled the strings of his team together to create a rounded package with a clear direction before introducing fresh legs to take full advantage of Milan’s waning energy levels.

Running at them, raising the tempo and imposing their dynamism, Inter attacked viciously and won thanks to the beauty of Rodrigo Palacio’s back-heel goal.

The forward who believes in the win until the last moment of every game provides the kind of consistency reserved for world champions. It is he who makes the difference and it is he who makes this side worth watching.

Three points well deserved for Inter? Perhaps but they were hardly facing the most difficult of challenges. A side that is targeting a top three place should not be waiting for their opponents - poor ones at the that - to tire before imposing their own game. They should also not be valuing defensive steel ahead of creativity when playing a side ranked 13th in Serie A.

Physical strength and a cautious approach should perhaps be favoured when facing sides such as Roma and Juventus but against Milan, Kovacic should be playing, risks should be taken and the quality of play should be better.

Inter are capable of more and they certainly deserve more.
 

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He just doesn't ride bikes. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championship titles.


Still, doesn't ring a bell. I do think all race drivers/bikers are exceptional tho, it's not an easy thing to be focused the whole race plus you are also the master of your decisions. Your fuck ups have to be at a minimum.

The craziest are probably the rally drivers, those narrow roads with jumps and sharp turns. It's so strange that the two most known 'rally deaths' haven't even happened at a rally events :)
 

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Wera FFS, how have you not at least heard of Valentino Rossi? :D
 

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I watch ball sports, read books, listen to music and I'm a nerdy jock who loves gaming and animes

where the fuck do you see me have time for knowing who is rossi. rossi for me is a football player that plays for Fiorentina
 

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I watch ball sports, read books, listen to music and I'm a nerdy jock who loves gaming and animes

where the fuck do you see me have time for knowing who is rossi. rossi for me is a football player that plays for Fiorentina

correct me if im wrong :D

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what kind of hentai is that :awyeah:
 

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The article that wrote about the drop in standard in the Milan Derby is absolutely spot on. It was one of the most atrocious Derbies I have ever watched, with both teams making amateurish mistakes all over the place. It was another sad moment in an ever-declining Italian football. From the start, looking at the names in the line-ups were already depressing and the whole 90 minutes just further confirmed that fear.

Thankfully we won though :)
 

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We're talking about exactly the same thing in Finnish football forum. Decline of Italian football and the derby being a perfect example of that.
 

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Tbh it's a decline of Inter and Milan. Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina, and Rube seem to be doing fine. They're not exactly on the decline.
 

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http://espnfc.com/stats/attendance/_/league/ita.1/italian-serie-a?cc=3888

Inter have the most average attendance in Serie A. no matter what, if it`s a big game or small game, whether Inter in good form or bad form, or whether it`s snowing, freezing, raining, or smokin hot, Inter fans are always there, most faithful of them all :fuckyea:

Wow, Seria A support in general is a bit shameful. Even Inter if you take away bigger games and especially away support is nothing to write home about.
 

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Calgiari situation is a little exceptional though. Take out Livorno, Chievo, and Calgiari and replace them with Bari, Palermo, and some other 'biggish' club and the stats look quite good. Plus, don't trust ESPN's stats.

http://www.stadiapostcards.com/A13-14.htm

This is more accurate
 

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Awesome comments by the guys from SempreInter.com =)

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