Tomorrow the Super Cup lands in Milan in front of the 70,000 crowds at the Meazza. The Slovak closed in silence; it could be his last for the nerazzurri
It’s a night of celebration for Inter and its fans. Tomorrow evening at San Siro, before the match against Empoli, there will be the Italian Super Cup. The fourth trophy of the Zhang era, the first of this 2022-23 which started with 4 defeats in the first 8 league days and which can now be… changed by the triumph of Riad. It will be a night of cheers and applause, a night for true Inter fans. Not surprisingly, despite the day (Monday), the time (8.45 pm) and the fact that in the month of January alone there are five night games at the Meazza (Naples in Serie A on 4 January, Parma in the Coppa Italia on 10 Hellas in Serie A on the 14th, Empoli in Serie A tomorrow, Atalanta in the Italian Cup on the 31st), the possibility of reaching 70,000 spectators is concrete. To cross the finish line, the company has put tickets for the third ring on sale for 5 euros because there is a desire to celebrate all together. In 70,000 as has been the case for a long time. Yes, but will it be party all the way?
The story of the Slovakian, who said no to renewal (over 6 million per season plus bonuses for 5 years; he would have become the highest paid defender in Serie A), risks ruining the atmosphere at least in part. Because the Curva Nord spent a lot to convince him to sign, amidst chants and banners; because the club made him wear the captain’s armband (which “due” to him due to seniority with Handanovic, D’Ambrosio and Brozovic not among the owners); because coach and teammates cheered a lot for him to stay. Milan hasn’t spoken for a while and it’s not expected that he will even do so tomorrow when the bus arrives at the Meazza. He closed himself in silence because explaining such a decision in January, even after you wear the captain’s armband, is not easy. So he goes on to be a professional: he sweats on the pitch during the week and is among the best in matches. It happened to Riad too. Will tomorrow night be enough to save him from booing?
ULTIMA A SAN SIRO?
The announcement made by Galtier of his move to Paris (“Now or in the summer”) didn’t help the former Sampdoria who, however, didn’t get upset. Yesterday he trained with his usual intensity and today he will do the same. At the moment there are no signs that he wants to give up the armband. And neither the club nor Inzaghi (who will not hold the press conference today) intend to demote him as happened with Icardi in 2019. Barring any surprises, it will go on like this, then Brozovic’s return to the starting lineup will sort everything out, putting the Croatian’s arm band back on . The news, however, is Inter-Empoli which could also be Skriniar’s last at the San Siro with Inter. For this to become reality, the transfer to PSG is necessary already in this January window, a possible but not obvious eventuality. Do the French need a defender in January? Yes, especially the value of Milan (Kimpembe hasn’t been well for months and Bayern in the Champions League is on the horizon). Will Skriniar agree to move immediately with a large chunk of his signing bonus that would end up in the coffers of Viale della Liberazione? Only he can answer this question. Certainly Marotta, Ausilio and Baccin are willing to let him go immediately in exchange for 15-20 million. There they would invest in Djalò del Lille. We’ll see… The reaction of the people tomorrow night can also direct the story. On a night of celebration, with the Curva Nord having organized a super welcome, with flags, banners and lots of warmth for the last kilometer that the coach will travel to enter the San Siro garage, the Interisti would have gladly done without this case.
January 22 – 12:59
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