What happened at the San Siro last night was more of a circus act than a football match - one with an overabundance of clowns, a little bit of tactical juggling, and some courageous lions - although they didnÃ¢ÂÂt need to roar particularly loud to get their opponents cowering into submission. Schalke romped to a historic 5-2 victory as Inter struggled to cope with their energy and industry, but the result could easily have been quite different.
LeonardoÃ¢ÂÂs voice had gone long before the end of last nightÃ¢ÂÂs humiliation, which was just as well because there was little he could have said in defence of InterÃ¢ÂÂs performance in the Champions League quarterfinal humbling at the hands of Schalke 04.
As Silvio Berlusconi might note, you can say one thing in public and do exactly the opposite in private. Certainly Berlusconi's employee Massimiliano Allegri did so in the build-up to SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs Milan derby. The AC Milan coach had been telling all and sundry that this Derby della Madonnina was of much more importance to Inter, who trailed his side by two points at the top of the table.