Will Liverpool-Inter Be Like Arsenal-Milan?

AC Milan (The Emirates Stadium, London)
Champions League 2nd Round, 1st Leg
Wednesday 20th February 2008
Kick Off: 7.45pm – Live On Sky Sports 2

Well I’m still in shock over Saturday’s game against Manchester United in the FA Cup. For a competition we really valued in years gone by has now been reduced to something Arsenal obviously care little about. In the Vieira/Bergkamp/Henry/Campbell days we would be favourites to be there or there abouts come Cup Final day. Maybe we’d have a better chance of progressing if the final was in Wales instead of London.

Last year we let Blackburn beat us and this season we gave United exactly what they wanted.

Talk about giving your rivals a boost.

We can go on and on about how many injuries we have but there really is no excuse for a performance like that.

On the plus side however, it looks like Clichy, Sagna, Adebayor and Flamini are available for tomorrow’s game so that is great news. The return of Clichy and Sagna is especially positive, as they have been exceptional this season and give Arsenal that something extra in the final third with their tireless running. Another thing is that every single time they have been on the pitch they have shown great desire and passion, something which couldn’t be said about a few of the regulars on Saturday afternoon.

AC Milan are struggling with injury problems of their own, with Ronaldo suffering a ruptured tendon in his knee which looks like will be career threatening. He has had his ups and downs in but there’s no doubt he was one of the best players to grace the game, and hopefully this won’t be how his footballing career ends. Milan are also having goalkeeping problems, with Zeljko Kalac dislocating a finger and Dida picking up a freak injury from sitting on the bench. Never short of controversy stupidity is he?

Meanwhile Clarence Seedorf thinks that Milan will be too strong for Arsenal. Milan’s domestic league record isn’t the best in recent years but in the Champions League they are a completely different beast. In Europe they are simply sensational, and Arsenal will find it tough tomorrow night because it seems like the Champions League is the only competition Milan actually take seriously.

Milan are like Liverpool – impressive in Europe but when it comes to the domestic league they’re fighting for the final Champions League position and Inter on the other hand are like Arsenal, top of the league and but have disappointed in Europe for a club of their stature.

Tonight’s game between Liverpool and Inter will be interesting to watch. Liverpool, like Milan are tactically astute (in Europe anyway) with Inter have a lot of attacking talent and the ability to score goals from all over the pitch. Arsenal and Inter are also top scorers in their leagues, and have similar goal differences (Inter +35 and Arsenal +36).

Depending what happens tonight at Anfield tonight, maybe Arsenal could learn something.


6 thoughts on “Will Liverpool-Inter Be Like Arsenal-Milan?

  1. but if its as you say then tonights game is the exact opposite of our game. tonight its the English team that is strong in europe and weak in the league whereas tomorrow nights it the other way round. I think it will just be interesting to see how good Inter are. if they make ‘pool look silly then we might want to be worried about Milan! But I would be more worried if Milan were running away with the league than languising down in fifth thats for sure. I think we need to test their keeper on lots of occasions. Ade needs to get some headers in on him.

  2. I’m surprised you didn’t mention Kaka, because for me he is the best player in the world and is a serious threat.

    He single-handedly slaughted Manchester United twice, at Old Trafford and the San Siro. The two goals in Manchester were sensational and he made United’s defence look like amatuers.

    Milan will be happy with an away goal even if they concede 2 or 3.

  3. both will win because both have used the required tactic before to brush aside italian opponents HIGH TEMPO. Liverpool beat juventus and ac in 2005 using that plan and arsenal walked all over juventus at highbury in 2006 with a high tempo game. Italian football (wioth a few exceptions like kaka) is a wasteground for has beens and old men. BOTH liverpool and arsenal WILL get through these ties.

  4. Erm… you can hardly use Juventus as an example to measure success! They were crap and only won Serie A because they cheated! In Europe where they couldn’t fix games they got found out for the average team they really were.

    I’d be shocked if it was other than an Inter Milan win tonight. Liverpool are all over the place.

  5. Thank you, Priya, Kalyan and Mahi for the hearn-warmitg words. After the masala chai and your sweet comments, I feel like a can weather the storm now. 🙂

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