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Brasiliense Taguatinga V Sport Recife, May 8
Ordaye (Liverpool) 3 years ago
The final does not only belong to Milito, of course. Inter's overall team play and team spirit, instilled by Jose Mourinho, went a long way to enabling them to lift the trophy at the end of the evening. Milito's Argentine compatriots Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti were all exceptional.

The legendary and evergreen Zanetti, in his 55th start of the season and 700th appearance for the club, coped with the dangerous threat of Arjen Robben in a far superior manner than Cristian Chivu had after the Romanian was replaced by Dejan Stankovic.

If it is possible for Argentina coach Diego Maradona – it is difficult to label him a tactician – to contemplate he has erred in his ways, he should have realised long ago that Zanetti should be on the plane to South Africa for the World Cup finals. Cambiasso is also in the same boat, but this topic is for another day.

Alongside Zanetti, Samuel, Lucio and Maicon were rock solid at the back and prevented Bayern from having many clear cut chances at all during the 90 minutes. In fact, Lucio's lunging, completely committed block on Thomas Mueller's shot not only protected his own goal but also started the move that led to Milito doubling the lead.

The work of Milito's strike partners Goran Pandev and Samuel Eto'o was creditable, and the latter completed an unprecedented and remarkable feat by winning back-to-back trebles with two different clubs, but the finishing touches came from the boot of 'Il Principe'.

The futures of Mourinho - who, after applauding the Inter fans at length, disappeared quickly after the presentation - and even Milito, who admitted that he "has had offers" after the game, may lie away from San Siro. Tonight, however, belongs to the two men and to the Nerazzurri as they claimed their first title since Helenio Herrera's 'Grande Inter' in 1965.



   
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