Inter 1-0 Parma
A very average win. We got off to a great start due to Destro's early goal, but failed to capitalize and truly put Parma to bed. We played solidly, however, and we take another 3 points in our quest to win Serie A.
Napoli 0-2 Inter
Destro (pen 24, pen 63)
When I imagine Mattia Destro hitting a brace against Napoli, two penalties isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Napoli were foolish in their own penalty area, however, and the one and only Mattia Destro made them pay with 3 points. Bellusci stupidly got himself sent off, but at that point it didn't really matter.
Inter 2-1 Benfica (Inter 3-1 Benfica)
UEFA Champions League 1st Round 2nd Leg
And we're through to the quarterfinals! Alan Kardec's late goal for Benfica hung things in the balance as all Benfica needed at that point was 1 more goal to send them through. We hung on for dear life at the end, and the ever-reliable Destro gave us an injury time goal to seal it up.
Inter 2-0 Verona
A solid performance as Insigne and Shaqiri looked deadly down the wings. I played a number of younger players and Lorenzo Crisetig performed very well. I also gave Ademilson an increasingly rare start despite his 18 goal haul thus far, but he managed to miss a penalty.
Fiorentina 0-2 Inter
Ustari OG (56)
Insigne continued his fine run of form with a goal and we forced an own goal with our offensive pressure. Fiorentina are always a difficult team to play and they made us work hard for our victory, but in the end we achieved our goal.
Inter 1-0 Palermo (Inter 2-0 Palermo)
Coppa Italia Semifinal 2nd Leg
We knew from the start this would be a difficult match. Palermo really set up to defend and hit us on the break, and Federico Peluso lead their defense brilliantly. However, one excellent cross from new man Daniel Schwaab to the head of Ademilson sealed our place in the final.
Inter 7-0 Sampdoria
Ranocchia (4, 14, 34)
Insigne (48, 67)
Wow. What a victory. We absolutely dismantled Sampdoria in every way imaginable. Andrea Ranocchia, of all people to do so, scored his first three Serie A goals this season in spectacular fashion. Insigne also played brilliantly, notching up a brace and two assists to boot. This was a true title warning.
21 points clear with 7 matches with to go. If we at least draw our next match, we will officially seal the Serie A with a full 6 matches to go, which would be ridiculous. Even if we lose all of our remaining matches and Juventus win all of theirs, they will have to catch up on 38 goal difference. If we can win 16 of our remaining 21 points, we will beat our points record of 104.
Yet again, the infamous Old Lady awaits me in the Coppa Italia final. We've triumphed in the Coppa for the last 3 seasons, but Juventus is perhaps the only team in Serie A that I believe can truly push my team to the limit. It will be a cracking final, one I await eagerly.
UEFA Champions League
We progress to the quarterfinals with a real sense of belief at the club. This tournament has evaded our grasps for too long. It's timeto win. We've drawn Bayern in the tie of the round, though Manchester United and Real Madrid might disagree. We will play Manchester City or Porto in the semifinals.
Player of the Month
wins Player of the Month for us after a scintillating couple of weeks. The club vice-captain has consistently turned in defensively unbeatable performances and ended the month with a brilliant hattrick against Sampdoria.
7 victories from 7 is another brilliant month for us. We are this
close to sealing another Scudetto, we've booked our place in the Coppa Italia final, and now we must focus all of our attention to winning that elusive UEFA Champions League. Our attack is absolutely brilliant, with Destro, Insigne, Sterling, and Sissoko all hitting top form, and our defense looks impenetrable with Ranocchia and Bellusci leading the line. Things are looking bright indeed at the Giuseppe Meazza.