Tonight Bayern Munich hosted Inter for a prestigious friendly which would award the "Beckenbauer Cup". It was not a match to be remembered, with very few chances, but Inter won't mind as they only needed a fine goal by new purchase Amantino Mancini, early in the second half, to secure a morale-boosting victory.
Coach Jose Mourinho played with his trademark 4-3-3 system with Esteban Cambiasso in central defence, Dejan Stankovic in front of the back four, and Adriano as a lone striker supported by Figo and Mancini on the flanks. Meanwhile, Bayern had a 3-5-2 formation with Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski as strikers.
The first half was very locked up as both teams struggled to raise the rhythm and create chances, leading to jeers and whistles from the crowd at half-time.
In the 7th minute of the restart a mistake by goalkeeper Michael Rensing allowed Inter to open the score. A poor goal kick allowed Inter to win the ball, Figo playing it to Mancini who fired a subtle lob which went in off the crossbar.
After this, Inter began to sat back to defend their lead, and did that remarkably well. It seems that Mourinho has already managed to give the Nerazzurri the same efficiency and organisation he gave Chelsea.
Among Inter's more impressive performers on the night were goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, 36, who still showed the same sharpness he had 10 years ago, Adriano, who seems to be improving with every game although he was somewhat isolated in this game, and Cambiasso, who once again showed his versatility by proving to be a rock in central defence.
Meanwhile, Bayern youngster Toni Kroos, who came in after 22 minutes to replace the injured Martin DeMichelis, showed some of the qualities which prompted German journalists to predict a bright future for him.
Bayern Monaco-Inter 0-1
GOAL: 52’ Mancini
Bayern Munich (3-5-2): Rensing; Lucio, De Michelis (22’ Kroos), Van Buyten; Lell, Ze’ Roberto (68’ Jansen), Altintop (68’ Ottl), Van Bommel, Lahm; Podolski, Klose (74’ Muller). Coach: Klinsmann
Inter (4-3-3): Toldo; Maicon, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Maxwell; Zanetti (90’ Santon), Stankovic (81’ Dacourt), Muntari (82’ Suazo); Figo (66’ Pele’), Adriano (66’ Crespo), Mancini (78’ Balotelli). Coach: Mourinho