Bring On The Milan Derby

by - October 15, 2017

Sunday 15 October 2017 will see a packed San Siro Stadium watch this season’s first Derby Della Madonnina. Both clubs from the City of Fashion share Italy’s current biggest and most atmospheric stadium and are both traditionally amongst Europe’s elite. Both have won 18 titles and a combined total of 10 European Cups / Champions League trophies.

The Rossoneri had their greatest spell during the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s where players such as Gullit, Van Basten, Maldini, Baresi and Costacurta helped Milan to 6 league titles, 3 European titles and twice winning the Intercontinental Cup. They continued with 2 more Scudetti and 2 Champions League titles in the early 2000’s.

International then took over the mantle of Italy’s top side. 5 consecutive titles between 2006 and 2010, starting with being controversially awarded the title thanks to the Calciopoli scandal and ending with becoming the first Italian team to win the treble - The Champions League, The Scudetto and The Coppa Italia. Winning the FIFA World Club Championship put the icing on The Nerazzurri cake and enhanced their claim to be the best team in The World in 2010.

However both have had their struggles over the past 6 years. Whilst The San Siro has been upgraded, there has been multiple changes in ownership, disappointing manager decisions and a relatively high turnover of players.

Both clubs now have new Far East owners, who are injecting more financial support which has led to far greater optimism and belief in both camps. Whilst neither side are being strongly backed to win The Scudetto this season, both are heading back upwards and they will be playing for the top honours again very soon. Both line ups are back to including some of the most exciting and skilful players in Serie A. Perisic, Icardi and Candreva for International and Donnarumma, Bonucci and Kalinić for Milan are all players to excite the fans and show intent to challenge back at the top level.

This is finally a rivalry that can be looking once more to the future. A win for Inter will enhance their second place above 6 time defending champions Juventus whilst they try to keep pace with the current all conquering Napoli. A Milan victory will bring them back into Europa League places after they have occasionally been struggling to infiltrate all their summer signings into a cohesive team so far this season. A title challenge from Inter and a top 4 finish along win a long run in this season’s Europa League for Milan will be deemed as successful campaigns as the rebuilding continues.

So could this be the biggest domestic Milan derby for years? The passion and desire will certainly be there and let’s hope the ability and application will live up to the history of one of the greatest football matches in the world.

Written by Jon Ellis, Chelsea FC home and away season ticket holder. Follow me on twitter: @ClitheroeBlue

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