Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pazzini And Sneijder Make Up For Another Absent Diego Milito Performance

As the dust settled on Inter Milan's 3-0 away win over struggling Bari, one would be safe in saying that Inter Milan have successfully clawed their way back into the Scudetto race. However rosy this statement may seem to  supporters of the Nerrazzuri it comes with a slight disclaimer in the form of one Diego Milito. Milito's success during Inter's treble winning season has been well documented and his two goals which won the Champions League for Inter have been watched and re watched by millions of fans around the world. But more or less ever since his terrific brace at the Bernabeau Milito's career has been on a downward trajectory. First, there was the lack of minutes during Argentina's eventually unsuccessful World Cup campaign, followed swiftly by a poor start to the Serie A season both by Inter and Milito himself. Next, there was the slap in the face of not even being included in Fifa's original shortlist for the 2010 Ballon D'or, and then an unfortunate injury which would rule Milito out for several games. Upon his return from injury El Principe finally began to show some signs of life with a goal in the semi final of the Fifa Club World Cup. However, upon a return to Italy following Inter's successful Arab sojourn, Milito continued to look flat, a fact surely noted by Inter coach Leonardo, as it wasn't long before a new attacking hero entered the San Siro gates, Sampdoria's prolific goalscorer, Giampaolo Pazzini. Pazzini made his debut against Palermo last weekend where he scored twice and won a penalty, surely forcing himself to the front of the pecking order, ahead of Milito and fellow struggler, Goran Pandev. Frankly, Milito was lucky to maintain his starting berth for Inter's aforementioned match at Bari, but he was hauled off after just an hour, with the scores still locked at 0-0. Had Inter Milan gone on to drop two points then Milito may well have been facing the prospect of pointed fingers from the Italian Press come tomorrow morning, but luckily of the ex Genoa man, a Sneijder inspired Inter went on to win through goals from new signings Kharja and Pazzini, as well as a late strike from the returning Dutchman himself. Inter Milan fans will still hope for a return to form from Milito, but it looks as though they may have to content themselves with watching goals fly in off the boots of the new man, Pazzini.

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