Match - Mon 26 November, 22:00, Ennio Tardini
Obi’s Inter comes up against childhood town
Joel Chukwuma Obi, Inter Milan
The match will be held at the Ennio Tardini with kick-off set for 22h00 (CAT).
Coming into the game, situations between either team couldn’t be set in more of a contrast with the Nerazzurri arriving in Parma under a cloud of controversy having hit out at the arbitration decisions they experienced on the field.
The club hit out that they were denied two clear penalties in the final minutes of their two previous games which saw them accuse the referees of being against them in games.
Though Roberto Donadoni isn’t concerning himself with such matters and is well aware of the talent in the squad.
“The value of Inter is recognized by all. They are a great opponent and one of the contenders to win the championship, which means more stimulus in facing them to prove we are worthy of an opponent of this magnitude. These are ingredients for a great game” the Parma coach told Parma’s website.
Meanwhile, the Parmigiani have snuck in under the radar and sit in an impressive ninth place and 11 points behind second placed Inter.
At the same stage last season they were lying in 13th place further underlying the improvements made by Donadoni.
Disappointing for each team are the several key players who will be missing.
Marco Parolo’s midfield creative skills will serve a suspension whilst Cristian Zaccardo and Jaime Valdes may be unable to recover in time.
Serving a suspension for the Blue and Black half of the field will be Antonio Cassano- who received a two-match suspension for bad mouthing a match official. Freddy Gaurin is in doubt but Wesley Sneijder may be back.
It seemed befitting that Obi’s expected date of return was to be in the hometown he was brought up in, but it now remains unlikely as he continues to shake off the latest bought of muscle injuries to have hit him.
After all Inter’s talk about the referees and then going into a media blackout the pressure is on them to make sure they win on the field and not let the media focus get the better of them.