Inter Milan go marching on in style

by Michael Somerville

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Inter Milan’s resounding 5-3 victory against Roma has led calls that manager Leonardo is starting to put forward his expressive Brazilian roots in his sides’ style of football.

Inter was unmistakeably beautiful when going forward, combining precise passing, electrifying pace and incredible accuracy from outside the box (just ask Wesley Sneijder.) Although their defensive frailties were exposed by Roma, who managed to make it 4-3 with 10 minutes left, Inter in my opinion, have showed enough guile to be one of the favourites to retain the Champions League.

Leonardo, who replaced disgraced boss Rafael Benetiz in December has made good progress in the Serie A table, cutting AC Milan’s lead to just five points with a game in hand and has won his first nine games out of 10.

It may be churlish to compare Inter style of football under Leonardo with Ian Holloway’s Blackpool but the table never lies. Inter have an excellent scoring record this year (44 goals in 24 matches) but have conceded 27- just four less than relegation candidates Cesena.

However, defensive lynchpins Lucio and Walter Samuel were missing from the starting line-up, with Lucio possibly missing the round of 16 game with Bayern Munich on the 23rd of February.

Leonardo has described the fight for the Serie A title as “tight” and added after his sides entertaining win,

“I remain a Brazilian and 5-3 is a result that I like.”

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