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Inter duo digest title defeat

Inter duo digest title defeat Monday 6 May, 2002

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Inter striker Ronaldo and President Massimo Moratti have expressed their disbelief as the Nerazzurri surrendered the Scudetto.

The Milan giants finished the season third after their loss at Lazio allowed Juventus to win the title and Roma to beat them into second.

"Disappointment seems to be my partner in life," commented a distraught Ronaldo who broke down in tears on the bench after his substitution.

"In a matter of moments our dreams vanished to be taken over by reality which seemed even more harder to believe.

"The Olympic Stadium isn’t very lucky for me. I really had hoped that the memories of my knee injury here would dissolve and turn into a massive party."

President Massimo Moratti didn’t hide his feelings. "I just hope that Lazio played for themselves and not for anybody else," he blasted.

"Inter have played some good football throughout the season but just when it mattered most they failed. I don’t know whether the best side won because we were all at basically the same level."

The oil tycoon, who has pumped millions into the club in search of the title, concluded: "I’m saddened for my players and the fans. But I’m also surprised that the side in the second half just seemed to give up.

"It is a terrible feeling to lose the Scudetto on the last day of the season. But not everything is lost. We have the opportunity to play in the Champions’ League and we need to look forward now."
 

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Juventus hailed by press but little sympathy for Inter

ROME, May 6 (AFP)
The Italian sports press on Monday hailed the feat of Italian champions Juventus after the Turin outfit were on Sunday crowned Serie A winners for the 26th time in their history.
But given almost equal prominence was the despair of Inter Milan players who capitulated to Lazio 4-2 in Rome, allowing Juve to steal the title by virtue of their 2-0 win at Udinese./p
"Juve, savour the triumph," trumpeted Gazzetta dello Sport. "Inter's suicide with Lazio gives (Juve) the 26th Scudetto."
Gazzetta, like its principal rival Corriere dello Sport, provided a pictorial contrast of the contest with both papers showing photos of an elated Alessandro Del Piero at Udine and a weeping Brazilian Ronaldo after he had been substituted at Rome.
Corriere meanwhile simply headlined: "Juve 26. Champions of Italy 2001-2. Lazio decides the Scudetto."
Leader writers pointed out that Inter had thrown away the title while also emphasising that the Lazio-Inter result proved the integrity of the game in Italy after the build-up had seen many cynics claim Lazio would not compete against Inter.
Even Lazio's fans, vastly outnumbered, pressurised their own players to throw the match by cheering Inter goals and remaining silent when their own side scored, making it clear they would rather Lazio lose rather than hated rivals AS Roma, in contention at the start of play, or Juve win the title.
But the players were not interested and after Inter twice took a first-half lead Lazio's Karel Poborsky twice equalised.
Poborsky, who later revealed he promised fellow Czech Pavel Nedved of Juve that he would help sink Inter, made his feelings known to the Lazio fans by gesticulating towards them after his goals.
Poborsky's second leveller came in first-half injury time after Inter's Slovak defender Vratislav Gresko bungled a headed backpass and Inter never recovered, conceding goals to Argentinian Diego Simeone and Simone Inzaghi after the break.
Inter's Argentinian coach Hector Cuper, normally implacable in the face of adversity but who emerged to talk to journalists with his eyes clearly swollen, said: "I told them to stay calm at half-time. 2-2 was not a disaster. But they lost their heads in the second half."
Lazio players, who have been spat at and abused by their own fans all season, seemed to relish denying their own supporters the pleasure of seeing them allow Inter to win and their competitive spirit seemed to anger some Inter players too.
Inter defender Marco Materazzi remonstrated with Lazio defenders Alessandro Nesta and Brazilian Cesar, saying: "You play like this and two years ago I helped you win the Scudetto when I was with Perugia and we beat Juve on the last day."
Corriere editor Italo Cucci, in reference to remarks by Juve coach Marcello Lippi during the week that he felt sick at what was widely anticipated as a match in Rome where Lazio would lie down, wrote: "Football is honest and not nauseous."
But his colleague Luigi Ferrajolo pointed out that Inter had not just lost the title on the last day, having led Juve by six points with five matches to play. Juve won their last five matches while Inter lost to Atalanta, drew with Chievo before finally losing to Lazio.
"Inter self-destructed, Roma missed too many opportunities and Juve deserved the title," wrote Ferrajolo.
Roma coach Fabio Capello, whose team beat Torino 1-0 to leapfrog Inter to go second only a point behind the new champions, said: "If only we had not drawn with Venezia 2-2 when they were already relegated."
But "if only" will be the words engraved on the hearts of Cuper and his players on Monday morning.















Chievo win hearts, Inter the sympathy but Juve lift the Scudetto
ROME, May 6 (AFP)
Juventus's final-day Scudetto proves, in spite of competition from Spain, England and Germany, that Italians can still claim Serie A provides unparalleled entertainment.
It has been another disastrous season for Italy in Europe with none of their four clubs reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
But domestically the season has been another thriller with for the fourth consecutive season the title decided on the last weekend with for the second year in a row three clubs still in contention on the last day.
This time it was Juve who would prevail after twice losing out on the last day in the past two years while Inter were licking their wounds after agonisingly missing out on what would have been a first title in 13 years.
While Juve's joyous celebration after the 2-0 win at Udine was eclipsed by desolation at Rome as Inter's players and fans wept at the fatal 4-2 defeat by Lazio, the 2001-2 season will also be remembered for the exploits of a little club called Chievo competing in Serie A for the first time.
The pre-season had seen the three northern giants - Juventus, AC Milan and Inter - signal their determination to end the unprecedented spell of dominance of the city of Rome which through Lazio in 1999-2000 and then AS Roma a year later had won two consecutive titles.
So it was no surprise when Juventus made the early running, winning their first two games. Only one other club managed to win both their openers and the early challenge came from the unlikeliest quarter.
Chievo, based in a village of 2,900 people that has been absorbed into greater Verona, also won their first two matches but when they lost 3-2 to Juve in week three - thanks to a dubious refereeing decision - cynics predicted that it would be the start of a long battle against relegation. They were wrong.
Juve eventually slipped up and it was Inter Milan who took over at the top.
Even without injured strike pair Ronaldo and Christian Vieri and with Uruguayan Alvaro Recoba still serving a four-month ban for possession of a bogus passport Inter hit the top thanks to the less skilful but wholehearted exploits of reserve striker Mohamed Kallon of Sierra Leone./p
The next change at the top may have been a shock - but delighted virtually everyone in Italy.
Chievo beat Parma 1-0 on October 21 to go provisionally top and then settled back to watch the evening match which pitted Inter against AC Milan in the city derby.
Inter led 1-0 to the hour mark and it looked as though the fairytale would not come true but suddenly AC Milan awoke and scored four goals in 18 minutes, eventually winning 4-2.
Chievo, a team of players who were only household names in their own houses, had gone top of the domestic league which still likes to consider itself the best in the world.
Chievo's boyish president Luca Campedelli, a 33-year-old cakemaker dubbed Harry Potter for his resemblance to the boy wizard, was the only man who seemed downbeat about his club's success, saying: "This has ruined my plans - I did not budget for all these win bonuses."
Campedelli's tongue-in-cheek humour further endeared his club to Italy while coach Luigi del Neri, also a top-flight debutant, was rapidly becoming a celebrity.
Chievo held top spot for over a month but eventually reality told and by Christmas it was becoming clear that Inter, Juve and champions AS Roma were in a three-way fight for the title.
At the season's halfway point it was Roma who led, earning the purely honorary 'winter's championship' bestowed on the team that leads at that point.
No team would ever make a telling breakaway but it was in a two-week period in March that Inter seemed to have won the title with two memorable displays at the San Siro.
First at home to Juventus a last-gasp equaliser from Clarence Seedorf grabbed a 2-2 draw and then two weeks later it was a brilliant individual performance by Recoba that ensured Inter defeated Roma 3-1 to take what looked a winning position.
It was not to be however as Inter faltered with a 2-1 home defeat by Atalanta and then the sickening last-day reverse away to Lazio that allowed Juve to steal the prize with a 2-0 win over Udinese.
But the season would end on a high note for Chievo. The Verona club beat Atalanta 2-1 to finish fifth, earning a place in the UEFA Cup in a season where even Campedelli and del Neri had insisted fifth bottom was their only objective.






Italian League: last round in review
LONDON, May 6 (DS)
By Stewart Coggin

Juventus lifted the Scudetto crown for the first time since 1998 after beating Udinese 2-0 at the Fliuli.

The situation was out of their hands at the beginning of play but they capitalised fully on Inter’s surprising 4-2 defeat to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. David Trezeguet put the Bianconeri ahead after just a minute and Alessandro Del Piero doubled the lead on ten minutes later.

Things looked good for Inter when Christian Vieri put them ahead after a mistake from Angelo Peruzzi in their game at Lazio, but Karol Poborsky’s equaliser silenced the visiting support. Luigi Di Biagio then put Inter ahead once again, but a dreadful defensive error from Vratislav Gresko allowed Poborsky to send the two sides in level at the break. Diego Simeone came back to haunt his old club with a second-half header, and Simone Inzaghi completed the victory after finishing off a brisk counter-attack.

What an astonishing recovery from Juventus. Just a few weeks ago they were completely written off after that 1-1 draw against Lazio saw them fall six points adrift of the leaders. Reports suggested that Marcello Lippi would face a fight to hold onto his job, and even Alessandro Del Piero was resigned to defeat. Since then they’ve embarked on a terrific run of four straight wins, while the others have stumbled to defeats and draws.

Many questioned the signings of Lillian Thuram, Gianluigi Buffon and Pavel Nedved but in this second half of the season they’ve demonstrated just why over £80 million switch hands for them over the summer months. Thuram and Buffon have rediscovered their Parma form and have contributed to the many clean sheets that the side have kept over recent months, while Nedved is running at defences once again and is involved in much more of Juve’s build-up play than when he arrived.

The real key to Juve’s season, though, has been the form of Trezeguet and Alessandro Del Piero. While the Italian international still doesn’t orchestrate games as he did in his heyday, he no longer finds goals hard to come by and his 16 efforts this season is only second to his 1997/98 campaign when he found the net 21 times. The fact that Trezeguet’s name is now mentioned in the same breath as Gabriel Batistuta, Hernan Crespo, Raul and Ruud Van Nistelrooy is a measure of just how far the Frenchman has come over the past 12 months. He was regularly linked with a move away after constantly finding himself on the bench at the beginning of last season but he remained loyal to the cause and is now reaping the reward.

A third-place finish is harsh on Inter. Hector Cuper has had a superb first season in charge of the Nerazzurri and to end up with just a place in the qualifying round for next year’s Champions League is rough justice indeed. He’s instilled a terrific spirit in the club and this is no longer the side that folds so feebly when put under pressure. In Ivan Cordoba and Marco Materazzi he has a centre-back partnership that’ll get better and better, while midfielder Staphane Dalamt has the potential of becoming one of the world’s top five midfielders within the next 18 months.

Cuper will be looking to reinforce his squad and he’ll undoubtedly start at the back. The defence have been superb this season but the Argentine will be looking to increase the numbers, as if a couple of injuries strike, Inter are stretched. In midfield he has terrific strength-in-depth, while no side in world football boasts a better forward line than Ronaldo and Christian Vieri. Cuper may, though, look for one more striker of genuine world class pedigree to come in when either pick up their inevitable injuries.

Roma sneaked second spot with a 1-0 win over Torino at the Stadio Delle Alpi. Antonio Cassano was the hero with the only goal of the game in the second-half. Fabio Capello’s side have under-performed to a certain extent this season and the coach will inevitably be looking to strengthen his squad. Will he look for a new striker to replace the stale looking Gabriel Batistuta?

Milan secured the fourth Champions League spot with a 3-0 win over Lecce at the San Siro. Kakha Kaladze, Massimo Ambrosini and Andrei Shevchenko were the men on target for the Rossoneri. The club are now set to undergo a huge rebuilding programme in the summer, with many big-name players set to be bought and sold.

Elsewhere, Chievo secured a Uefa Cup spot by beating Atalanta, while Verona were relegated following a 3-0 defeat at Piacenza.

So to round up, Juve are champions, Roma, Inter and Milan go into the Champions League, Chievo and Lazio go into the Uefa Cup, while Venezia, Fiorentina, Lecce and Verona are relegated.
 

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Moratti Left Puzzled By Lazio's Superb Display

05/05/2002. Inter chairman Massimo Moratti accepted his team's dramatic Scudetto loss in style, but also stated that he wished 'other teams' played with the same spirit Lazio did today.

"We deserved to lose this match, but not the Scudetto as we were the best team in of this season. Lazio played today's game as if it was a Champions League final, I hope they were playing only for themselves. I wish 'other teams' involved in today's games had played like our oppenents as well," said Moratti.

"I feel sorry for the players and the fans, this is a terrible day for them," added the Inter presidente.
 

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What happened? (Allsport)

05/06/2002. Did Juve win the Scudetto or did Inter lose it?

There is no doubt the Bianconeri played a superb final part of the season, where they had the grand merit of believing in a comeback that looked impossible to achieve. Therefore it would be unfair not to give Lippi's gang credit for clinching such an extraordinary feat.

But taking a look at the results obtained by the Nerazzurri in the last five rounds, it is evident that Cuper's men incredibly wasted an amazing chance to stop their 13-year Scudetto drought.

At the end of the 29th round, Inter were three points ahead of Roma and six ahead of Juve!

Moreover the schedule was extremely favourable to Cuper's men, as three of their remaining five contests were set to be played in the San Siro.

However in the first of their three final home stands, they were upset by Atalanta, in a match that will probably be remembered as the crucial episode of the Nerazzurri debacle, even more than the loss suffered against Lazio at the Olimpico.

After the defeat inflicted by Atalanta, the fear of winning took possession of a team which perhaps never played spectacular soccer, but had always made their great mental solidity their strongest weapon.

But once their confident state of mind was lost, the Nerazzurri players began to commit mistakes in every match, especially in the areas of the pitch in which Inter did not have valid alternatives.

Specific errors were also committed by Hector Cuper, who once again failed to grab silverware despite being a step away from it. Obviously the three straight defeats in the European Cup finals didn't come by chance. It is also not by chance that Valencia won la Liga when the Argentine coach left Spain.

It's quite clear that Cuper lacks mental clarity in the decisive moments, a state of insecurity that gets directly transmitted to the players.

The choices he made at the Olimpico, especially under a tactical point of view, were awkward to say the least.

- There was absolutely no need to line up a such an offensive formation against Lazio (Conceiçao, Recoba, Ronaldo and Vieri at the same time in the starting eleven), that caused the team to completely lose its equilibrium.

- Giving confidence to a clearly unreliable player like Gresko, and unexplainably having kept him on the field during all of the 90 minutes, was a huge blunder. The Slovakian left wing-back has more than once proven incapable of playing at the highest levels, and Michele Serena represented a much more reliable alternative.

And what happened to Inter' s best player of the second part of the season, Clarence Seedorf? He was forced to witness his team lose the Scudetto from the bench!

With this series of puzzling misjudgements on behalf of the Argentine coach, Lazio simply needed much less than a 'great performance' in order to overcome such a confused opponent.

Now chairman Moratti and his staff will have to take the appropriate decisions. Great victories often have their roots in devastating defeats, but the will of revenge won't be enough without a wise summer transfer market.

With a more reliable left wing-back, a central defender and a couple of high- level central midfielders, the Nerazzurri will be ready for a new title challenge, probably Hector Cuper's last chance to remove his 'successful loser' tag before it's too late.
 

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We Lost The Scudetto At Home To Atalanta - Dalmat


There was no celebrating yesterday (Allsport)



05/06/2002. Inter's young French midfield sensation Stephane Dalmat believes his side lost the Scudetto at home to Atalanta, not in yesterday's defeat to Lazio.

Atalanta inflicted a telling blow on the Nerazzurri's title hopes by beating them 2-1 at the San Siro on April 7.

"We didn't lose the league title at Lazio, we lost it at home against Atalanta," said Dalmat before commenting on yesterday's defeat. "I don't understand how it was possible to lose in this manner."
 

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Seedorf Says Sorry To The Fans

A day of mourning (Allsport)


05/06/2002. Inter midfielder Clarence Seedorf apologised to the fans after his side spectacularly surrendered the Scudetto title with a 4-2 defeat at Lazio yesterday afternoon.

Juventus' 2-0 win at Udinese meant that it was they, and not Inter who picked up the trophy at the end of a pulsating afternoon of football.

"We are sorry for our fans and we're sorry for our president," said Seedorf. "It wasn't supposed to end like this and now all we have left to do is cry."
 

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i think juve won it, and Inter lossed it.

Facts:

Inter:
- on top most of the season
-best they have played for almost 10 years
-very well balanced all season
-not too many major injuries, and in the end, had a full team basically to choose from

therefore one, kowing all those points before the season, would say that Inter would win it noe problems.

Juve:
- CL didnt help the serie a games, more games to play, harder schedule etc...
- best goal difference, most goals and least against
- injuries hurt them during the most important part of the CL and the scudetto looked like a mircale for them.
- full team in the last 5 rounds, showed that they were one of the best in italy.

i believe that Juve overall, did win it, as they also had a top goal scorer, but also a striking pair of 40 goals in serie a. our defence was great all season and our midfield played great the second half of the season.

in the end, i think fate showed who deserved it.

I believe Inter played better than Roma though, and they didnt deserve 3rd.

Also, i wish that Inter played a full strength team in the UEFA, they should have won that as they deserved more than only 3rd place this season.
 

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I think Inter lost the scudetto more then Juve won it.

I think so just because Inter had 1 more point then Juve at the last game so it was all in our hands...

Anyway Juve deserved to win it because they have been always there to fight for it...
 

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Don't fool yourself.


Juventus did not deserve to win the scudetto.


Juventus of the 3 teams competing for the scudetto were the one who deserve it the LEAST!

Juventus won the scudetto because of 2 own goals, one scored by Tarantino and the other by Chamot, Juventus won 2 hard games that they didn't deserve to win because of those 2 own goals, those were very undeserved 6 points in games that Bologna and Milan dominated and deserved to win!


Juventus won the scudetto because they were the luckiest of the 3 teams, nothing more.


Juventus won at Piacenza 0-1 with ONLY 1 shot on goal. 1 shot on goal in the minute '88 and 1 goal scored in a game that Piacenza dominated and deserved to win!


Juventus won the scudetto because lady luck smiled at them in the last games of the season, nothing more!
 

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Look, it doesnt matter how it happened, Juve won, inter lost. The worst part about it is that as fans we can do nothing but wait until next seaosn. The players on the other hand have the responsibility to do something about it. they are the ones that we rely on to make our dreams come true. And we have to sit here with our hands under our bumbs waiting to see our dreams fulfilled.
 

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can anyone tell me how to contact the ****er who wrote that soccerage article with all the **** comments on Cuper?:mad:

he made just one good point,the one about Seedorf.
 

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Meazza02 said:
Juventus did not deserve to win the scudetto.


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Juventus won the scudetto because lady luck smiled at them in the last games of the season, nothing more!
why does everyone use that excuse against us all the time?!:rolleyes:
 

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Originally posted by Paolo_Montero

why does everyone use that excuse against us all the time?!
Why do you care? You won the Scudetto, enjoy.
 
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Juve didnt deserve it Meazza02?? Scored the most goals, had less scored against them and had the Serie A leading goal scorer
and they didnt deserve the title? How about losing two titles in a row by a point? In the wilderness for 13 years and no all of a sudden Inter are the best and they deserve this and deserve that, youve got a long way to go b4 you deserve anything!!
 

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CUG said:
i think juve won it, and Inter lossed it.

Facts:

Inter:
- on top most of the season
-best they have played for almost 10 years
-very well balanced all season
-not too many major injuries, and in the end, had a full team basically to choose from

therefore one, kowing all those points before the season, would say that Inter would win it noe problems.
CUG, i m not trying to argue with u because i do think that we did not deserve to win the scudetto...however, saying we didn't have too many major injuries was untrue...especially earlier of the season...ronaldo, vieri, matrix all had injuries problem earlier of the season...and recoba got banned for 2 months...

i would like to congratulate to juve because they showed us how to finish the season strongly...they had a 5 game winning streak at the end of the season which we haven't done in the whole year...we really learned a lot last sunday...
 

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carson, i do agree with you on that injury front. Vieri was a major blow, but Ronaldo has been out for years now really and players like Kallon and Ventola were scoring just as much as Ronaldo, Vieri and Recoba would. Forgot about that passport scandal thing on recoba. And i think Dalmat was injured as well. But Vieri, Recoba both played for 70 to 80 % of the season and you had good backups for them and you were still on top.

Meazza02, what are you talking about? lucky?? we attacked against Milan for most of the game, it was the immense pressure which caused that own goal.

the Piacenza game was the same, we won by a good goal by Nedved.

i'm sure Inter won games by only 1 goal and i'm sure there games where you drew or won even if you didnt deserve. thats what make teams great and champions, you play a bad game, but walk away with 3 points.

for example, Inter v Juve, Seedorf's 4500000 billion metre crack outside the box in the last minute of the game made you draw against us when juve deserved more than 1 point from that game.

in a season, there is no luck of the old lady, what f*cking old lady??

we won and played a great last 10 games of the season. we persisited and never gave up, thats why we won.

we had the best defence, the best offence and we had more points than you in the end.

tell me this, does a team who deserves to win the scudetto lose 4-2 on the last day of serie a, which happened to be the most important game of the season.

i mean, you lossed to Lazio badly and in the end, that is that.

and i think we played better than roma this season as well, they won half there games by only 1 goal.

they are the team who has luck, not juve!
 

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CUG said:
carson, i do agree with you on that injury front. Vieri was a major blow, but Ronaldo has been out for years now really and players like Kallon and Ventola were scoring just as much as Ronaldo, Vieri and Recoba would. Forgot about that passport scandal thing on recoba. And i think Dalmat was injured as well. But Vieri, Recoba both played for 70 to 80 % of the season and you had good backups for them and you were still on top.

kallon played well earlier of the season...but he struggled late of the season and lost his starting job to ronaldo (which didn't surprise anyone)...ventola is a fine backup...but it seems to me that he's been awful after the valencia game...at this point, i'd rather have adriano as our backup striker...
 
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