Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Coppa Italia: Inter v Genoa match preview

Heading into today’s semi-final Coppa Italia against Inter Milan at San Siro, it is questionable how both clubs will approach the match. While Giuseppe Sculli has noted they the Grifone will give their all it appears they will likely do so without the services of Diego Milito, Rubén Olivera, Boško Janković and Rubén Olivera and have late fitness tests on a number of others. To say the least, it could be a make-shift crew for Genoa in-which a more cautious tone is employed, however that could equally suit the conditions given the match will be played in near freezing temperatures.

Inter has its own problems with lineup selection and providing José Mourinho can cull the love affair with the mirror for the briefest of moments, he will notice that he is without Iván Córdoba, Serbian international Dejan Stanković and Patrick Vieira to injury as well as Julio Cruz and Marco Materazzi to suspension. Mario Balotelli and the self-proclaimed “special one” don’t seem to get along so in an effort to break the spirit of the brilliant young striker, he will sit out. While it seems to beyond local media attention, this is a foolhardy move that will do nothing for the young man but has everything to do with a power-struggle.

Returning to Genoa’s lineup, given much will be decided within an hour of the match I will provide an update if there is a relevant addition or deletion.