Man City coach Pep Guardiola has been put on notice after Inter Milan’s victory against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia yesterday evening – Simone Inzaghi is the “King of cup competitions.”
This is the view in today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper suggest that Guardiola will have watched yesterday’s match and seen clearly what he’ll be up against in Istanbul.
On paper, perhaps, Man City are big favourites against Inter in next month’s Champions League final.
The Cityzens have seen off formidable competition from Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Meanwhile, the Nerazzurri are battling for a top four spot in a league without the same level of quality as the English top flight.
Moreover, as good as Inter’s squad is, City can boast perhaps the most complete collection of footballers in Europe.
Accordingly, there’s little surprise that many view next month final as City’s, and Guardiola’s, to lose.
Pep Guardiola Given Reason To Fear “Cup Magic” From Inter’s Simone Inzaghi
Still, the Gazzetta suggests, there’s just something about Inzaghi when the former Lazio coach faces a one-off knockout match.
The 47-year-old has yet to win a league title in his career. Unlike his City counterpart, Inzaghi has not found the formula for dominating from week to week.
However, since he’s joined Inter, Inzaghi has only failed to win one one knockout tie.
That was a Champions League round of sixteen tie against Liverpool last season.
The Nerazzurri have won Supercoppa Italiana clashes with Juventus and AC Milan in consecutive seasons. Now, they’ve beaten both the Bianconeri and Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia.
All of Empoli, Roma, Milan, Parma, Atalanta, and Juventus have been dispatched in Coppa knockout ties.
Meanwhile, this season Inter have always saved their very best form for the Champions League.
Yesterday as well, the Nerazzurri proved that in a major final, they always seem to find another gear.
It was not an easy match at all against a hungry, aggressive, and technically very strong Fiorentina side. Moreover, La Viola scoring an early goal could’ve finished it off before it had even started.
However, the Nerazzurri found their groove and responded to everything Fiorentina threw at them.
Guardiola will certainly have been watching. And, the Gazzetta suggests, the City coach will have seen a clear indication that beating this Inter side won’t be anywhere near as easy as it may look on paper.
Now when he’s up against the “King of cup competitions.”