Saturday, September 27, 2008

Milan Derby

Sheva vs. Mourinho

The Inter-Milan game this Sunday is the one true football match of note this weekend (though I still have my eye on Barcelona's game against Espanyol). Why The interest in the Milan derby? Let the Guardian explain:

Jose Mourinho might still be Chelsea's manager had the arrival of Andriy Shevchenko not undermined his relationship with Roman Abramovich. Then again, had a different coach been in charge at Stamford Bridge when the Ukrainian moved there from Milan two years ago, he might have continued scoring the sort of goals that saw him voted European Footballer of the Year in 2004.

On Sunday night Shevchenko will have the chance to settle old scores at the San Siro when the Rossoneri take on their city rivals Internazionale in what will be Mourinho's first Milan derby. It had seemed that Shevchenko would be a substitute — a role that became all too familiar to him during his two unsettled years under Mourinho in west London — but a thigh injury to Marco Borriello means he is almost certain to be in Milan's starting line-up against the Italian champions.

Yes, I posted half the article, but I had to give you context, no? I hope Shevchenko gets some measure of revenge, but I expect him to find himself on the bench and ineffectual if he actually appears in the game.


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