The significance of the game [as the atmosphere on the pitch suggested] can't be overvalued. As the inclusion of Marco Materazzi in the starting eleven suggested, the atmosphere on the pitch was more typical of a friendly. Time to try new players and to experiment a bit.
Leonardo chose Pazzini as lone striker with Eto'o and Coutinho behind, free to create and move. They both had a good game, which is no news for the Cameroon star but it's an encouraging sign for the Brazilian starlet. Coutinho scored in the 76th minute with a perfectly executed 25-yard free-kick over the wall. It wasn't a decisive goal but it was the best shot of the game, paired with Gilardino's goal.
Inter's good result will boost Nerazzurri's morale before the Italian cup semi-final 2nd-leg against Roma on Wednesday at San Siro - Inter won the away game 1-0. Nerazzurri are ending the season in good spirit and the chance to clinch another trophy is more than a mere possibility. Winning the Coppa Italia can help the club to sell some of its fading stars.
The Coppa Italia would be Leonardo's first trophy in his managerial career but it's likely to be the one and only at Inter, despite 16 wins out of 21 league games in charge. A Barcelona triumph at Wembley could facilitate Guardiola's departure from Camp Nou, with Inter and Chelsea the two likeliest options for the Catalan coach.
But Pep is not the only threat to Leo's bench - there is still a verbal agreement with a guy called Jose Mourinho. Leonardo knows how it works: "I have never thought about leaving Inter. I have a contract and want to respect it, even if I know a coach is always judged on results".
Man of the match: Coutinho. The 18-year-old talent scored the first goal with Inter in great style. It's an event that needs to be celebrated, as it can be the first of many in years to come.
Serie A 2010-11 / day 36
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Materazzi (76' Lucio), Ranocchia, Chivu (72' Obi); Zanetti, Cambiasso; Kharja, Coutinho, Eto'o (58' Pandev); Pazzini. Coach: Leonardo
Fiorentina: Boruc; De Silvestri, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual (81' Comotto); Behrami, D'Agostino (56' Mutu), Montolivo; Cerci (71' Santana), Gilardino, Vargas. Coach: Mihajlovic
Goals: 25' Pazzini, 28' Cambiasso, 75' Coutinho; 73' Gilardino
Yellow cards: De Silvestri
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