Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inter – A night of glory!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Gazzetta dello Sport leads with a slogan that salutes the Italian champions for their tremendous achievement. Inter claimed a memorable 3-1 victory that will remain present in the minds of the 80,000 spectators for a long time. The Italian paper proudly proclaims that the Ã¢â‚¬Å“European champions can be beaten if you put them on the ropesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The author of the piece remarks that the first two goals of the night came from defensive errors; the kind of mistakes that Ã¢â‚¬Å“a defensive coach like Jose Mourinho will not fail to noticeÃ¢â‚¬Â. Amongst the drama there was the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was treated to a Ã¢â‚¬Å“torrent of boosÃ¢â‚¬Â from the passionate Nerazzurri fans.
Diego Milito endeavoured to work the channels all night and was duly awarded for his hard work with the third goal. The San Siro acknowledged the contribution of the Argentine with the stadium Ã¢â‚¬Å“trembling with applauseÃ¢â‚¬Â as he was substituted with cramp.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mourinho Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I signed for this!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Corriere dello Sport tells how Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inter overwhelmed the beautiful BarcelonaÃ¢â‚¬Â in Milan. The article calls it Ã¢â‚¬Å“an extraordinary nightÃ¢â‚¬Â which was made even more special because the Italian champions battled from behind to overcome their Spanish counterparts.
Despite PedroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 17th minute goal Inter regrouped and Ã¢â‚¬Å“played the perfect gameÃ¢â‚¬Â. Goals from Wesley Sneijder and Maicon edged MourinhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s men into the lead. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The PrinceÃ¢â‚¬Â (Diego Milito) added a third just after the 60th minute causingÃ‚Â “the San Siro to erupt”.
The first leg leaves Inter with a two goal advantage and a chance to make history and reach an elusive Champions League Final in the Spanish capital.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“BarÃƒÂ§a fall into Inter’s trapÃ¢â‚¬Â
Spanish newspaper Marca describes the night as the first time Pep GuardiolaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Barcelona were “out played by the opposition”. Jose Mourinho managed to “nullify all of the weapons” that the holders possessed.
The key factor was the “neutralising of Xavi’s influence” in BarcelonaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s midfield. The impact ofÃ‚Â former Inter Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was crucial too and the Swedish international Ã¢â‚¬Å“disappearedÃ¢â‚¬Â in the San Siro. Meanwhile Diego Milito was in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“state of graceÃ¢â‚¬Â as he displayed himself to be one of the best strikers in Europe.
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