Spyin' Kop Liverpool F.C. vs F.C. Internazionale Milano - CL last 16 - 19th feb

Posted by RedVash on February 18, 2008, 02:16:10 PM

And finally here we are. Iíve got to say first that Iím Italian so itís a bit hard for me to write these few words so be patient Iíll try to do my best.
Itís been a long time since Liverpool and Inter Milan played against in the 1965 semi final, so few of us can remember that match.
We are not in the position we expected at the beginning of the season and I donít want to talk about the reasons because we are still in one of the greatest football competition of the world. Our opponents are dominating their league and still playing in the Italian Cup ďCoppa ItaliaĒ. Maybe they are favourites for their current condition and our recent results, but we are Liverpool F.C. and we are used to be underdogs. We played Juventus, Milan and Barcelona in a similar situation and we all know whatís happened.
Now thereís a new crucial clash to win over two legs. Anfield is once again called to play the 12th man role and then weíll travel to Milan to make San Siro hear our voice. Iím sure we will show why we are among the best supporters in the world, but now letís have a look at the Inter fans point of view.
Being Italian for me is easy to interview some Inter supporters. First of all I have to mark a big difference between Italy and the England. Here when you grow up you have 4 choices equally divided of supporting Juventus Milan, Inter or your local team (obviously there are some exceptions like me. lol). In fact I live 40 km from Milan but a lot of my friends support Inter and this gave me the chance to make them these few questions.

How has the season been shaping so far?

COMI: wellÖitís going well cause weíre fighting in every competition. First in the league, qualified for the Italian cup semi final and ready for the CL last 16. Weíll have to play well our cards cause we have such a large and strong team that we could do the treble.

GHISE: very very good till this point. Itís an easy answer especially after Juventus victory over Rome that increased our advantage to 11 points. Now we can calmly focus on our travel to Anfield.

PIBE: well we are comfortably at the top of the table. There has been some criticism about some referee decisions but we showed that we deserve our position by winning easily against Livorno, we know itís not a top side but itís the same team that forced Milan to a goalless draw.

What are your expectations for this season? Have they changed from day one?

COMI: like I said before, it should be fantastic to make a treble but itís not easy, itís a long way to the end of the season. We accept every trophy we could win (lol) but I sincerely prefer the Champions league cup, itís my dreamÖand if we finish first in the league itís better. We are still racing for every competition so our expectations havenít changed.

GHISE: win both Scudetto (Serie A title) and Champions league but we now itís very hard cause our player are inexperienced at European level only Luis Figo has already won it. People want us to prove that we deserved last season title by winning this one with Juventus back in the Serie A and no club with points penalization. And we want the European cup to show that we are the strongest on an international level. No our expectations are still the same.

PIBE: league title and Champions league cause itís missing for a too long time. We have to gain respect in Europe and the best way to do it is to win the Big Ears cup. A.C. Milan, our local rivals, shown us what the CL means on international level and we won to show them that we are able to do it too. No, nothing has changed since day one.

Who do you think is your most important player(s)?

COMI: Cambiasso is my preferred player, I think heís fundamental for our team. While Ibrahimovic is simply a phenomenon

GHISE: Cambiasso is our key player, he makes the team work together.

PIBE: they are all fantastic players but Ibra is the most amazing and spectacular.

Your worst player(s)?

COMI: our worst player? Mmh I think they are all good players maybe only Adriano and Solari hadnít played at their top level.

GHISE: maybe at the moment only Crespo due to physical problems that kept him out of the action.

PIBE: Viera cause if heís not injured he has been sent off by the referee.

Do you have a particular memory of any previous meeting between our clubs?  Say something that happened to you that day or a decision you disagreed with?
(none of them was born so they have nothing to say about it)
Any young up and coming players in the squad that we might not know about?

COMI: Mario Balotelli is a very promising talented striker, he showed his skills against Juventus in the Italian Cup and helped the young team to win the ďCarnevale CupĒ in Viareggio which is a young teams tournament, but he isnít eligible for the CL. Thereís also PelŤ who is a good midfielder

GHISE: the only news eligible for the CL is Jimenez while Balotelli looks very promising for the future, a complete striker who can score in every way and heís only 17.

PIBE: Balotelli of course is the surprise of this season helping us with two goals against Juventus in the Italian Cup.

What sort of line-up will be put out against us?

COMI: Julio Cesar | Maicon, Cordoba, Materazzi, Maxwell | Stankovic, Cambiasso, Viera (Chivu), Figo (Jimenez) | Ibrahimovic, Cruz (Crespo).

GHISE: Julio Cesar | Materazzi, Cordoba, Chivu, Mawxell | Zanetti, Cambiasso, Viera, Jimenez | Cruz, Ibra

PIBE: Julio Cesar | Cordob, Materazzi, Burdisso, Maxwell | Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic, PelŤ| Ibrahimovic, Cruz

Do you have any favourite/best chant(s) and perhaps any that require an explanation?

COMI: ďnon mollare maiĒ (= never give up)

GHISE: ďmi pippo un sasso con CambiassoĒ itís a joke it means that ďI will use cocaine with CambiassoĒ itís only a metter of rhyme I donít think Cambiasso is addicted to any drugs.

PIBE: ďamala! pazza Inter amala!Ē is the official anthem and it means ďlove it! Crazy Inter love itĒ

Where do you expect (whoever) -  and Liverpool to finish in the Premier League?

COMI: third place but I hope in something more cause I sympathize for Liverpool.

GHISE: in my opinion Liverpool will finish at the fifth place

PIBE: maybe at the fourth place

Which Liverpool player will you fear the most?

COMI: noone in particular I fear the way Liverpool can play as team in this kind of matches.

GHISE: Torres he has pure talent.

PIBE: Peter Crouch he is capable of scoring spectacular goals.

Care to predict the score?

COMI: no I donít want to predict the score.

GHISE: I usually bring bad luck when I predict the score so I wonít do it.

PIBE: I hope 1-1 not so good but not that bad.

Inter fans like Liverpool for the way we won against Juve and Milan in 2005. But a lot of them are sure theyíll win against us. Maybe Iíve seen more times Liverpool play then a lot of Inter fans did in the last few years despite they live near Milan and I live in Italy (surely a travelled more, lol). Thereís a poor attendance at San Siro during the season if there are not big matches. Inter supporters spent the last 19 years desperate to win the league almost like us but now they are very confidents in theirselves. In the past years people used to joke a lot about Inter bad luck, but now they are too strong and noone can say anything to them. I tried to do my best translating what my friends answered me I hope youíll enjoy this article.

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