Written By Onyeka Daniel
The Milan derby is usually a fiercely contested encounter between two city rivals as they battle for supremacy and bragging rights, but for this season, there are some extra to this encounter that would definitely evoke the strongest of emotions from the players and the spectators.
With Inter Milan the designated home team, the fans are said to be planning a huge choreography to make the occasion, which will further charge the atmosphere as the two teams also battle for who will stay at the top of the table.
Just like any other derby, no team wants to lose and a former player of the Nerazzurri has recalled how an argument was able to help them turn the results around a few years ago against the Rossoneri.
Former Spanish midfielder, Borja Valero recalls a tense atmosphere at halftime during Inter Milan’s 4-2 comeback win over AC Milan in 2020. Speaking in a recent interview with DAZN Valero gave his recollection of the dramatic derby match under title winning manager, Antonio Conte.
Inter did not get the match off to the start that they wanted. The Nerazzurri went in to halftime 2-0 down. But in a second half performance for the ages, the Nerazzurri scored four goals without reply. It was a show of Inter’s mental strength even when the pressure and adversity were on them to the highest degree.
And as former Inter midfielder Valero has revealed, that second half display only came about after a lot of tension and soul-searching during the halftime period. “When we went back in to the dressing room, Brozovic and Lukaku were arguing,” Valero reminisced.
“They weren’t holding back!” “We were 0-2 down in the derby.” “In the Inter dressing room there’s a room for the coach next to the players’ room,” the former midfielder noted. “Conte heard the screaming argument and opened the door.” “He asked, what’s going on? Are you arguing?”
“Then there was a moment where the argument paused,” Valero noted. “And then he went, ok, good, carry on! That’s what you need to do! It’s good for you, fight it out!” “He kept urging us on, he was screaming at us!” the former midfielder looked back.
“And then we came out for the second half fired up, and turned it around from 0-2 to 4-2.” He further added. Of course, this game is one of the most dramatic comeback victory for the Nerazzurri during the 2019-20 season.
That was the first campaign in charge for coach Antonio Conte. And it proved to be a key match in really showing what the Nerazzurri would be about under the former Juventus and Chelsea coach as they went on to win Serie A title the following season with a convincing display, blowing away all other oppositions.
It is also worth nothing that Borja Valero has since left the club to retire from active football, Antonio also walked away from the club after winning the Scudetto, while Brozovic and Lukaku also left during the just concluded summer transfer window.
The Nerazzurri recently struck a deal with U-power as their back shirt sponsors and details of the deal is now starting to emerge. After securing the deal, the Nerazzurri will reportedly collect more than €50m from shirt sponsorship every year.
The report further states that Inter’s four-year deal with U-Power is worth around €20m in total. Thus, the club will earn €5m per year. Already, they’ve a deal with Paramount+, Nike and E-Bay and with Nike, they will collect €26m season. This figure can rise to €30m after adding bonuses.
They’re also set to receive €15m every year from their main shirt sponsor Paramount+. Finally, the club’s sleeve sponsor E-Bay adds €5m, which could rise to about €9m, depending on the performance.
This should earn the Nerazzurri roughly around €50m that could rise to over €60m depending on the bonuses. This should help ease their financial burdens overtime as the club look to open more streams of revenue with their stadium project already underway.
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