Hungry Italians ready for full English
Apparently, Italy has leapt ahead of the UK in terms of GNP and Serie AÃ¢ÂÂs three Champions League representatives feel they will be in the money when they face the Premier League's rich list.
The Italy game has been lagging behind its English counterpart for far too long and now is the perfect moment to regain their position as the head honchos in Euroland.
Of course, when Inter take on Manchester United, itÃ¢ÂÂs really Jose against Sir Alex and the Portuguese was the cat who got the cream Ã¢ÂÂ well thatÃ¢ÂÂs the faÃÂ§ade he put on Ã¢ÂÂ when he met the press on Friday.
Ã¢ÂÂMy wish has come true,Ã¢ÂÂ he beamed. Ã¢ÂÂWe are very motivated, I want to face the best and Manchester [United] are certainly that.Ã¢ÂÂ
Of course, Inter's dire recent form in the competition will count for nothing come late February and United's attacking style plays perfectly into Italian hands.
"I'll get you next time, Penelope Pitstop"
ItÃ¢ÂÂs something La Gazzetta dello Sport's website highlighted under their headline: Ã¢ÂÂNo fear of the Devils.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂA lesser opponent may have seen the Nerazzurri fall into their lazy ways but Manchester [United] will sharpen MourinhoÃ¢ÂÂs senses.Ã¢ÂÂ
This is just the sort of occasion for which Massimo Moratti hired Mourinho in the first place and the showdown with the English champions will define the Special OneÃ¢ÂÂs season.
Claudio Ranieri was another chirpy chap on hearing of a return to Stamford Bridge and Juventus are more than well equipped to deal with Chelsea, who have already lost heavily once to Italian opposition in the shape of AS Roma.
Ã¢ÂÂI am looking forward to seeing how Italy gets on against the money men,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. However, wily old Claudio quickly added: Ã¢ÂÂI canÃ¢ÂÂt say I am too happy.Ã¢ÂÂ
If there were smiles of contentment from the Inter and Juve camps, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti was absolutely beaming with joy at the news of having drawn Arsenal out of the bowl. Ã¢ÂÂWe can face the game with no fear,Ã¢ÂÂ was the TuscanÃ¢ÂÂs up-and-at-'em reaction.
That can certainly be the mantra for all three Italian clubs through the rest of the winter months before tackling the best that England has to offer.