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Milan derby no longer carries lustre of old

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If any evidence was needed of just how superior dominant champions Juventus are when compared to the rest of Serie A then last weekend's Milan derby at the San Siro was perfect proof.

There came a time when the giants of the game would crave to play in the contest for San Siro supremacy between the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri. The likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho, Hernan Crespo, Andrea Pirlo and Wesley Sneijder would all take centre stage, and act as a lure to all corners of the footballing world.

Now, however, it is a different contest all together. The San Siro is no longer the gladiatorial arena of old, regardless of which of its two inhabitants are playing.

It is now the place where footballers go for redemption after difficulties elsewhere. For Milan, Mario Balotelli, Nigel De Jong and Robinho had their moments at Manchester City, but were ultimately deemed replaceable assets. Michael Essien and Kaka signed this campaign, but only after struggling for form at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Inter is perhaps a tad different. It now boasts the cruel nickname of ‘graveyard’ once afforded to their fiercest rivals. Javier Zanetti, Walter Samuel and Diego Milito are all still prominent faces in the side, even with their best days clearly well behind them.

What Serie A as a whole requires is an influx of money and a time period free from scandal. Juventus’ status as the leading superpower makes them a formidable opponent to try and overcome, on and off the pitch.

Both Inter and Milan are in severe need of a rebuild, and missing out on the Champions League will severely hamper both financially. The days where footballers would yearn to play at the highest level regardless of current standing is long gone, with money now the predominant factor when it comes to luring players of the highest pedigree.

In terms of quality and passion, many more derbies appeal rather than the Derby della Madonnina. The teams residing in Merseyside, Manchester and Madrid alone possess more superstars and quality than those in Italy.

The managers alone are proof of this. Whereas AC once had Carlo Ancelotti and Fabio Capello, and Inter had Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini, both of the current coaches are relative novices to the managerial world.

Inter Milan now have Walter Mazzarri who has never managed a top side, whereas AC put their trust in former player Clarence Seedorf who has no managerial experience to speak of.

Both teams need improvements in the years to come. If not, then a long era of Juventus dominance threatens to engulf Serie A for a very long time.

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Michael Essien
Football
Kaka
Mario Balotelli
Inter Milan
Manchester City
AC Milan
Nigel De Jong
Serie A

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