More than friendly


The rivalry of AC Milan and Inter is on the front-line today, to see who is better!

Today at 22:00 (UK time), the Rossoneri will meet Inter, for a clash as part of the  “World Football Challenge”. This might labeled to be a friendly, but we’ll see how friendly it is when these two hated rivals will meet each other today at Gillette Stadium.

This match is unexpected to be friendly though the name, in particular when those two facing off, it would be all but cordial. “Even though it’s a friendly game, I’m not expecting too much of a friendly game,” AC Milan and United States defender Oguchi Onyewu said after both teams trained yesterday at Gillette.

If you don’t know why there is such an ugly competition between these two sides, ask Inter founded, or should I call them Milan former directors who are considered to dissidents. Those “dissidents” broke away from AC Milan to form Inter in 1908.

“Even though it’s a friendly, there’s no question that both teams want to win (this game) because this is a rivalry that goes back many, many years,” Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar said through a translator.

Because of the circumstances, this match could only include 54,000 fans, because that’s the many sits the stadium contains. But, let’s be honest, no one is going to sit in this match.

This is the second time Milan play against Inter at US. Both clubs are failing to win so far at this pre-season at United States. Inter are coming to this game without sold star Ibrahimovic and without Eto’o, who signs for them. But the blue side of Milano is still strong.

Regard to the location, many of those spectators will not focus only on the big names of both teams, such as Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo, Micon or Lucio. It would be third opportunity for USA-local player and AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu to show what he can do.

Onyewu moved to AC Milan in a surprising move from Belgian champions Standard Liege, after had excellent campaign with the US national team, who finished second in the Confederation Cup this year in June.

After joining AC Milan earlier this month and made two substitute appearances against Club America and Chelsea, the American defender said he’s ready for his test in the big Italian derby, which also called Derby d’Italia, against Inter.

“I’ve been involved in derbies before in my career, so I’m assuming that this one won’t be too much different,” Onyewu said. “The Milan teams, ultimately, vie for respect in the city.”

This is the big test of Milan and Inter, to show what they got although the final reinforcements are not in the teams yet. THIS MATCH IS FOR MORE THAN WIN, IT’S FOR RESPECT.


By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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