Italian football was on the edge of a cliff, barely hinging to a livewire in her own hands, but therein lays the problem. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been; in this game, you hold onto your livewire yourself.
Your salvation in your own hands but on Matchday 6 of the UEFA champions league, both Napoli and Inter dropped the wire, literally.
Napoli visited Anfield unbeaten in this UCL campaign, top of the group and needing to avoid defeat against Liverpool, a team that had lost to Red Star Belgrade the previous Matchday whilst Napoli held PSG to another draw in Naples, it looked achievable
But there’s this tiny curse hanging around; see, Napoli haven’t won in the previous eight visits to England, and mother fate wasn’t asking them to win again, just get a draw and progress, yet they failed.
Defeat meant that manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who was leading his eight in Champions League football faced group stage for the first time since 2000/01 season while he was at Juventus.
Inter Milan, back in the Champions League for the first time since the treble winning season under current Manchester United Jose Mourinho eight years ago, yet had an easier task of simply doing better than Tottenham Hotspur on the night.
Oh, Inter Milan wasn’t playing Tottenham on the night, their opponent was PSV in front of a vociferous home ground, instead, Inter Milan battling injuries and forced to bare bones trailed the Dutch champions after only 13minutes.
Mauro Icardi’s goal proved enough at a point, but that was it. It was a short-lived orgasmic sensation that was followed by a long deafening silence at the San Siro.
Disappointment taking form and seating next to the spectators, Inter lost their cool and never found their way back.
In the end, two of Italy’s best representatives were knocked out on the same night directly and indirectly inflicted by two English sides who would surely have been knocked out had either Italian side gotten their wishes.