Inter implosion leaves party planners stewing
AC Milan did what Inter should have done in the Milan derby: played like champions.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the general opinion of the Italian media after the Rossoneri spoilt their city rivalÃ¢ÂÂs title party on Sunday.
A victory would have given the ever-increasingly moody and snappy, if thatÃ¢ÂÂs possible, Roberto Mancini and his merry men their 16th scudetto.
Instead, not only was there no dancing in the street but the 2-1 scoreline in no way reflected how dominant Milan were throughout the 90 minutes.
Turin-based Tuttosport couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to twist the knife.
Ã¢ÂÂA day of fear,Ã¢ÂÂ warned their headline. Ã¢ÂÂInter blow the title wide open and the ghosts of 2002 are back.Ã¢ÂÂ
This was, of course, a reference to how the Nerazzurri imploded in the final three games of the 2001-02 season and handed the title to Juventus in a 4-2 defeat at Lazio on the last day, which just happened to be May 5.
However, this time around a home win against Siena, who have already secured their top-flight survival, next week will finally put the title beyond doubt no matter what AS Roma do as InterÃ¢ÂÂs head-to-head record between the sides is superior.
Kaka slots home to leave Nerazzurri feeling blue
While one half of Milan stews for another Sunday, itÃ¢ÂÂs all happiness and light in the Rossoneri camp.
Both La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport led with Ã¢ÂÂDerby triumphÃ¢ÂÂ headlines but also give plenty of space over to Mathieu Flamini's arrival at Milan.
The Arsenal midfielder arrived in town late on Sunday evening for a spot of dinner at the clubÃ¢ÂÂs favourite restaurant before signing a four-year deal when he completes a medical on Monday afternoon.
La Gazzetta believes that Rino Gattuso will be on his way to Bayern Munich as the German clubÃ¢ÂÂs transfer chief Paul Breitner was spotted at the San Siro on Sunday.
With the negotiations to bring Ronaldinho to Italy coming to a dead-end, Silvio Berlusconi took the opportunity to claim that he never really wanted to buy the Brazilian anyway and it was all a smokescreen to enable the club to get on with signing Didier Drogba.
Speaking to the press scrum after the game, the countryÃ¢ÂÂs returning prime minister said: Ã¢ÂÂI was never sure about this whole thing and after seeing the way Kaka played today I am certain we donÃ¢ÂÂt need Ronaldinho.Ã¢ÂÂ
After the debacle surrounding Ronaldo, maybe Milan are finally seeing sense in the transfer market.