The malaise in Milan

The knives are being sharpened in Milan after another week of soul-searching for the two former giants of European football. Inter were beaten 3-1 at Sassuolo, while Milan – despite some hazardous defending – beat Serie B-bound Parma by the same scoreline. Inter are 24 points behind leaders Juventus, and the Roberto Mancini sceptics are quick to point out that when the former Manchester City manager was appointed, the margin was just 12 points. Milan, meanwhile, continue to wallow in mediocrity, as suggested by the 24,000 attendance at the San Siro for the game with Parma. It’s quite likely that … Continue reading The malaise in Milan

Palacio wins the battle of the faded Milanese

Alarm bells have been ringing in Italian football, with just a solitary representative from Serie A making it through to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. In the past, three clubs from what was once Europe’s most glamorous football league have regularly competed in the knockout stages. And it is only four seasons ago that Internazionale won the competition, beating the current holders Bayern Munich, in the final. Serie A may have lost some of its lustre, but the Milan derby, Derby della Madonnina, still attracted more than 79,000 people to the cold and misty San Siro stadium. … Continue reading Palacio wins the battle of the faded Milanese