oops : my finger slipped.
Anyway, as I was saying : I wanted to spend a few words on our city "rivals" Inter. In fact, I wanted to simply thank them for existing, for I believe that without them the serie A and football as a whole would not be the same. And I say this sincerely, with no intention of bashing my unlucky cousins.
I am aware that teams in other leagues have encountered a similar scarcity of victories (e.g. Liverpool in England), but none of them has been so incredibly persistent as Inter has been in the past 15 years.
Here is a team that has invested hundreds of millions of euros to enlist the services of players such as Bergkamp, Sammer, Ronaldo or Vieri in a matter of a few years and yet who routinely missed all the glorious objectives it had been aiming at. At the start of every year there are talks about refounding the team and planning on a long term basis. However, at the end of virtually every season for the past 15 years, the coach has been fired (if he was lucky enough to still be in charge by then), stars have been sold and new stars brought in.
There never seems to be one second of peace for Inter, and just when you think they have hit the bottom and can only bounce back, they surprise everybody by falling even lower. I think such regularity in the field of folly has to be hailed, and I, as a Milan fan, am not afraid to say that if I was forced to chose which team I would not want to see disappear between Milan and Inter, my answer would be Inter.