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Pulsar36 said:
I'm disappointed. I lost all my heart after today's result. I don't really care much about this game anymore. Milan is a class team and will continue to win. Ohh well
yes...every inter fan is disappointed...but this is a game that we can not lose...this game is far more important and meaningful than the udinese game...
 

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is sheva gonna play or not?
 

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Serie A Week 26 - 27/2/05 (20.30)
Inter - Milan

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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The Derby della Madonnina couldn’t have come at a more crucial time, as a win would put Inter back in the Scudetto race and defeat would let the Rossoneri silence their critics.

Roberto Mancini continues to maintain the title is not beyond him despite dropping 11 points shy of the joint leaders. They had the opportunity to close the gap last weekend, but allowed a late Henok Goitom equaliser to give Udinese a 1-1 draw.

Adriano is still looking for his best form after three weeks out with a calf strain clearly affected the hitman, who hasn’t scored since December 12. Christian Vieri suffered bruised ribs during the Stadio Friuli game and might make way for Obafemi Martins, whose pace could prove crucial against the less than sprightly Milan back line.

The Rossoneri may have struggled to scrape wins against Lazio, Reggina and Cagliari of late – earned with two injury-time winners and a freakish own goal – but they have still managed to eradicate an eight-point lead to catch Juventus at the top of the table. Those victories came at a heavy price, however, as Andriy Shevchenko clashed heads with Cagliari’s Simone Loria last week and had two titanium plates implanted to heal a fractured cheekbone. It’s an injury that has ruled the European Player of the Year out for a month and we probably won’t see him on the field again until after Easter.

With Filippo Inzaghi still out of action with a fractured bone in his right hand and Giuseppe Pancaro suspended for this tie, we could see Carlo Ancelotti revert back to his favoured Christmas tree formation. Patron Silvio Berlusconi has always publicly berated his Coach for using this tactic, but in the circumstances it could be his only option, especially with Jon Dahl Tomasson and ex-Inter hero Hernan Crespo struggling for form. Serginho has impressed of late and could be used in a more advanced role, or as a left-back in place of Pancaro with Manuel Rui Costa partnering Kaka in that support slot for lone striker Crespo.

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Inter (probable): Toldo; J Zanetti, Cordoba, Mihajlovic, Favalli; Veron, C Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic; Adriano, Martins

Milan (probable): Dida; Cafu, Nesta, Maldini, Kaladze; Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf; Rui Costa, Kaka; Crespo

Ref: To follow...

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Moratti: Inter have nothing to lose in Milan derby
tribalfootball.com - February 25, 2005

Inter Milan supremo Massimo Moratti says coach Roberto Mancini's team has "nothing to lose" ahead of this weekend's massive Milan derby.
"We will play with tension, concentration and determination," said Moratti. "We face the derby with Milan with the right mentality. We also have nothing to lose.

"We will play the contest well because the public will demand it."

On Adriano's below-par performance against Porto on Wednesday night, Moratti added: "I saw an improving Adriano. He was unlucky not to score. When he does, his confidence will surge."
 

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where i can download the goals to see?
 

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DE SANTIS TO REFEREE MILAN DERBY
Friday, 25 February 2005 11:47:29
MILAN - Massimo De Santis (Rome section) will referee Sunday evening's Serie A TIM Week 26 match between Inter and AC Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. De Santis, who officiated the Nerazzurri's 1-1 draw away to Fiorentina last 7 November, has refereed a total of 17 Inter matches (6 Inter wins, 6 draws and 5 defeats).

Week 26 fixtures & refs:
Bologna v Livorno: Rodomonti (Rome section)
Brescia v Sampdoria (Saturday at 18:00): Nucini (Bergamo)
Cagliari v Atalanta: Ayroldi (Molfetta)
Fiorentina v Udinese (Saturday at 20:30): Trefoloni (Siena)
Inter v AC Milan (Sunday at 20:30): De Santis (Rome)
Juventus v Siena: Collina (Viareggio)
Lazio v Parma: Messina (Bergamo)
Lecce v Messina: Rizzoli (Bologna)
Palermo v Roma: Rosetti (Turin)
Reggina v Chievo: Pieri (Genoa)

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SELL-OUT CROWD FOR MILAN DERBY
Friday, 25 February 2005 19:29:34
MILAN - Sunday evening's 259th Inter v AC Milan derby is a sell-out. The ticket offices at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium will remain closed on Sunday, with gates to open at 18:30 (two hours before kick-off).

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STANKOVIC: "A SPECTACULAR DERBY"
Friday, 25 February 2005 14:39:42
APPIANO GENTILE - In the build-up to Sunday evening's Milan derby, Nerazzurri midfielder Dejan Stankovic answered questions from reporters in Friday's press conference at Angelo Moratti Sports Centre:

You have been at Inter for a year. Are you satisfied with your experience?
"Yes, absolutely. Apart the slight drop in physical form over the last month and a half, I'm very pleased. This year has been more positive than negative. I arrived in a very delicate moment, but there's a different mentality now. I'm disappointed about all the draws which have slowed our pace in the championship and stopped us from being at the top."

You just spoke about a drop in form in the past month and a half...
"We're not machines, this is normal. I have always given my best and my form has dropped a bit. I have trained hard and I've felt much better in our last few matches. I'm getting my strength back; a goal will help boost my confidence."

Milan are one of the teams you have scored most against...
"I have scored two or three goals against Milan, but it will be a very tough match on Sunday evening. I remember Rino Gattuso saying before the last derby that the fans can't wait for it to start and the players can't wait for it to end because there's so much tension on the pitch. We're motivated in the right way and it will be a great game. I didn't feel so much tension in my first Milan derby. In my life I have played three derbies: in Belgrade, Rome and this one. They are all different; they are matches you can't explain. The Milan one is a spectacle, with a full stadium and everyone that wants to win. I have never won a derby in Italy; let's hope I do on Sunday."

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STANKOVIC: "AN IMPORTANT, EXCITING MATCH"
Friday, 25 February 2005 14:52:29
APPIANO GENTILE - Dejan Stankovic news conference (2):

Did you see Milan's match against Manchester United?
"I only saw one half. It was a great victory. Milan played very well on a very 'hot' pitch. They gave a display of strength."

Is there the feeling that the derby is a decisive match for Inter?
"It's an important match for both teams. We could close the gap on Milan, and a defeat would see them lose pace. The more important the match, the more exciting it is to play."

How important is the absence of Shevchenko?
"I have to say that I'm sorry about what happened to him. But in Manchester on Wednesday Milan showed that his absence wasn't that important. I don't know how they will play on Sunday evening, but they didn't suffer without him the other day."

How's Adriano doing?
"I thought he did very well in Porto . He was in the thick of the action and he moved fluidly. Only a goal was missing. Perhaps he's keeping it for Sunday night..."

Will there be room for great plays in a game like the derby?
"These are things that come naturally. The tension dissolves when you're playing. You must have faith in yourself, then your qualities always come to the fore."

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STANKOVIC: "FOCUSED ON MILAN"
Friday, 25 February 2005 15:13:16
APPIANO GENTILE - Dejan Stankovic news conference (3):

Is Inter's problem letting in too many goals or scoring too few?
"Perhaps both. Sometimes after scoring we don't manage to finish off a match in spite of our many chances to. Then in certain moments we let in goals from long balls or crosses - goals that a team like ours should not let in."

Mancini has always said that you are a central midfielder. When will we see you in this role?
"I don't know. But at the moment the important thing is to be on the pitch. The nice and important matches will come. It is fundamental to play; I'm not interested in which position. And I'm finding my best form now."

Inter are still unbeaten...
"I would swap a few draws for a few defeats on the condition that the others all become victories. Out of sixteen draws in the championship I would have preferred to lose five matches and win eleven. I'm not interested in our unbeaten run. A lot of people talk about it, but I don't want to think about it."

What's your opinion of Milan?
"They're a very well-balanced side and they have one of the strongest defences in the Europe. In midfield they have a lot of players who move the ball around patiently then wait for the right spaces to open up. Tactically we are doing well, and I hope we will keep our concentration high for the entire ninety minutes on Sunday."

One of Adriano, Vieri and Martins could be left out...
"It's up to Mancini. All three of are them are fit. Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to have one who comes off the bench - perhaps a fresher player could make the difference. ( Stankovic smiles) Luckily these choices don't depend on me. It's Mancini's responsibility."

There was a banner about Recoba outside Angelo Moratti Sports Centre...
"We have to think about Milan for the moment. We have spoken about Recoba many times. He's without question a world-class player. What happens depends on him and Mancini. It's better not to talk about these things before the derby."

Who are favourites to win? Inter or Milan?
"Inter. Why? We're one of the strongest teams around."

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Adriano set for derby axe Friday 25 February, 2005

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Inter boss Roberto Mancini is considering relegating star striker Adriano to the bench for Sunday’s derby against Milan.

The Brazilian is the club’s top scorer this term but he hasn’t added to his 14 League goals since December 12.

Mancio has kept faith with the forward despite his recent injury problems and transfer speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

But Mancio is now pondering his options ahead of the derby, a game that Inter must win to keep their slim title hopes alive.

The tactician is seriously thinking about playing with a strike pair of Obafemi Martins and Christian Vieri.

Martins has been in splendid form recently and again impressed on Wednesday in the Champions’ League.

The Nigerian scored in the 1-1 draw at the Dragao Stadium, making it almost impossible for him to be ignored at the weekend.

Vieri, meanwhile, is relatively fresh after he played just 10 minutes as a substitute in Portugal.

Martins and Vieri have linked up well in the past, which suggests that Adriano will be used as a luxury substitute on Sunday.

Inter go into the game a massive 11 points behind Milan and Juventus but Mancini continues to insist that they are still Scudetto contenders.

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i'll merge this one with the official derby thread...
 

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shit...**** that deflection goal...kaka was so lucky that he was in the right position and scored so ****ing lucky...emre was in the wrong position... :( nothing else to say...**** this game...
 
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