Inter Milan’s title hopes ride on this game and Jose Mourinho will want to beat the unpredictable Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi tomorrow night to consolidate his lead at the top of the Serie A table. With their two nearest challengers Roma and Milan having rather easy fixtures, the Nerazzurri face a tough couple of matches ahead with Juventus paying them a visit next Saturday at the San Siro.
The first governs the rest is a popular statement and if Inter can beat the Viola tomorrow then they can do the same to Juventus. My only worry is the unpredictable nature of these two clubs.
Cesare Prandelli’s side have their own ghosts to deal with. After starting the season all guns blazing, Fiorentina has succumbed to a series of a defeats and draws that have left them in 8th position with 45 points just 3 points above tenth place Juventus. To make matters worse, Fiorentina will be without forward Adrian Mutu who has banned for drug abuse.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are still on course to win titles in three competitions: the Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League. “We have to concentrate on the league,” said Julio Cesar. “Because from now on, every game will be a final.”
Inter Milan are capable of winning all these competitions but just looking at their upcoming fixtures makes me a little fearful. Inter play Fiorentina twice in the span of three days before hosting Juventus at the San Siro next Saturday. Barcelona are next in line for the Nerazzurri just 2 days later in the semi final of the Champions League.
These matches will also be Jose Mourinho’s Litmus test. If the Portuguese fails to win either the Champions League or the Italian League then there is a high probability that this might be his last season in the Serie A.
My prediction for tomorrow’s match (as much as you may not want to hear it) is a 1-1 draw.
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