Serie A: why we must not miss AC Milan-Inter, the derby della Madonnina

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku, head to head, during the Milan derby on January 26, 2021
This is the shock match of this 23rd day of Serie A. AC Milan welcomes Inter for the legendary derby della Madonnina. More than a historic rivalry, this clash will be a real shock from the top of the table, Sunday February 21. A single point separates the two teams, fighting for first place.

The temperature is rising in the Lombard capital, between supporters of Inter and AC Milan. And for good reason: the derby della Madonnina is fast approaching. If the stadium will be empty, Sunday February 21, theAC Milan wished to involve its fans despite everything by launching the operation “Derby Together “. Objective: to virtually fill San Siro with Rossoneri supporters. On the Inter side, the Curva Nord also called for mobilization: the ultra interists want to color the city with black and blue, their historic colors. If the meeting has already started in the city, the match promises to be particularly attractive this year. And this for three reasons.

The two Lombard formations are neck and neck for the title this season. With a comfortable lead over their pursuers (Roma are seven points behind the interist leader) this top match could designate the future Italian champion. AC Milan, leader of the standings from the fourth day of the championship, gave way to its rival on the 22nd day. With only one point behind, Stefano Pioli’s men have every intention of winning in order to regain control. But also to confirm their local domination, them who had won the first leg 2-1. A great performance at the time, since the Nerazzurri had not experienced a defeat (five wins, three draws) since January 31, 2016 during the Milan derby in the league.

Ibrahimovic-Lukaku will be the match in the match. Big, powerful, the two attackers stack the goals this season. 14 for the former PSG, 16 for his interist rival. Above all, their last encounter in the Italian Cup (victory for Inter 2-1) sparked. A provocation by the Swedish striker towards his former Manchester United teammate had heated the spirits. Settled face to face, the altercation had earned everyone a warning just before their return to the locker room. Message not received by Ibrahimovic, excluded in the second period for a bad gesture on Kolarov, forcing the Swede to apologize to his teammates, left at 10. This new Ibrahimovic-Lukaku duel will therefore be particularly scrutinized this time, all the more that the two men have always been decisive in this derby. On the way to the league, a goal from the Belgian answered the Swedish double. In the Italian Cup, it was Ibrahimovic who opened the scoring, before Lukaku replied.

Since 2012, impossible to dethrone it. Juventus Turin monopolizes the title of champion of Italy. The wait is starting to get long for other clubs, especially for the two Milanese teams. But this season, even if La Vecchia Signora remains in the race for the title, it already seems to slip through his fingers. A first for a long time, which has enough to whet the appetite of pursuers. The last coronation of AC Milan dates back to 2011. Ten years later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammates have a real opportunity to take back the crown. Inter, for their part, have not been titled in the league since 2010. A blessed time when the Nerazzuri marched on Europe, with José Mourinho at their head. Tied with 18 titles each, the stakes are even greater for the two clubs which can overtake their biggest rival. But even in the event of the coronation of one of the Lombard clubs, it would remain far from Juve and its 36 titles of champions of Italy.

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