Derby Della Madonnina

The second semi-final match of the Champions League season took place on Wednesday night. A Derby Della Madonnina between the prominent Milanese club’s Inter Milan and AC Milan.

A very big deal for Italian football as Channel 4 paid £1.5m to air a full season of Serie A back in 1992. Premier League was paid £304m for a 5-year airing right contract by Sky Sports.

Back in the day, a roundup of the past week’s football news would air during the Gazzetta Football Italia magazine show on a Saturday morning. Sundays would follow with a live football match.

An average Serie A stadium attendance is around 29 000, Bundesliga sits just over 42 000 and Premier League just makes 40 000 seats full.

There could be a few factors that are contributing to the low attendance number for the Italian League. Many say it could be poor stadium infrastructure, financial scandals, and possible match-fixing could be the contributors.

70 000 is the average capacity for home matches of Inter Milan and AC Milan. Clearly no problem for these teams to fill the seats of their stadium.

Since 1992 Serie A’s income massively increased to around £825m but recently it was admitted by Milan CEO Giorgio Furlani that they are struggling to keep up with Premier League clubs in the transfer market.

Between Inter and Milan, these clubs have both bagged 10 European Cups and Champions League titles. Milan held the title in 2003 and 2007 while Inter had the title in 2010. However its not certain that they are even guaranteed a spot in the next Champions League season.

Fourth and fifth place on the Serie A table are held by Inter and Milan respectively with only 4 games to left play. Both could qualify for the final league position if Lazio and Juventus slip up in any way. But with the current standings, one of these football clubs could evidently miss out on the next season if no changes are made.

Wednesday’s match was clearly important for these teams and Italian football collectively. A sea of red could be seen spanning 3 sides of the San Siro stadium as fans showed their support.

This game was more than just about the derby taking place but a statement being made by the fans. The grandeur of Italian club football is back.

Fans were going crazy as Inter immediately took over and found the back of the net twice in the first 15min.

The goals came from Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Milan on the other hand was fighting a losing battle as they lost Ismael Bennacer in the 17th min to a knee injury.

After that double score from Inter early in the match, no other goal was made from either side. Inter Milan ended the derby with a win holding onto their 4th place in the league.

What will the second leg of the semi-final hold in for Inter and Milan next week Tuesday? Who will you back? Place your bet on Betway.