A present at the right time. Established 104 years ago on Friday, Inter returned to winning ways after six losses and two draws, just in time to prepare for the second leg of the last-16 Champions League clash against Marseille.
The 2-0 win at Chievo was achieved thanks to two goals in the last three minutes; Samuel and Milito - who missed a penalty in the first half - the goalscorers. Luck is the prize for the good and the brave. And Inter deserved to find the net so late on, as Ranieri's team did their best to win the game right from the kickoff and missed several chances during the game.
The Chievo's game (like Napoli-Cagliari) was a sort of warm up: the next Champions League fixture was the dominant thought. Too huge to be escaped. Even the opponents' approach seemed to be influenced, with Cagliari and Chievo playing more like sparring partners than true fighters.
The most important thing for Inter was the win and the composure that marked this exhibition match. The winning mentality is fed by victories, and good wins like this one at Bentegodi is full of nutrients. There was nothing too outstanding, but it was a comfortable victory that will give the confidence Ranieri and his guys were looking for.
Marseille will be defeated. Even in France, despite losing, Inter were the better side. There is no reason Inter can't make it at San Siro.
Serie A 2011-12 / Day 27
Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Andreolli, Acerbi, Dramè; Luciano (71' Hetemaj), Rigoni, Bradley; Thereau, Sammarco (60' Dainelli); Pellissier (77' Moscardelli). Coach: Di Carlo
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Stankovic, Poli (83' Cambiasso); Sneijder; Forlan (71' Pazzini), Milito. Coach: Ranieri
Goals: Samuel 87', Milito 90'