Inter played on Thursday against Fiorentina this week, a day after the rest of the league. It went into the match knowing that Roma is the team to beat (they are 5-0 now, their best start ever), Napoli amazingly tied at home against Sassuolo (maybe we knocked some pride into them last week) and missed a golden opportunity to stay at the top of the table, Juventus was losing against Chievo and then, oops, the refs denied Chievo a goal that was valid and Juventus won 2-1 (old habits never die, do they?), Milan scored two goals in the last few minutes to tie Bologna 3-3. Lazio and Udinese won.
So what did all this mean? It meant that going into the game a victory was mandatory to stay close to the top of the table, and the same meant for the opponent. In the second half Inter went down on a penalty. The reaction was convincing. In a matter of less than half an hour Inter scored two goals and defended the victory. This show of character is very unusual for the team I am used to experience and supports the view that a top five finish is in the cards. The team looks better than last year, when it also started strong but finished ninth.
So… What’s up with Roma? At the beginning of the season I did not consider them as a Scudetto contender at all. Now look at them. Maybe Totti should go to Brazil this summer.