Former Inter captain Giuseppe Bergomi feels there will be no fireworks when the Serie A leaders host second-placed Milan in tonight’s Derby della Madonnina.
The crunch clash between the city rivals is being billed as a potential title decider, but Bergomi thinks Jose Mourinho’s men will be happy to preserve their six-point advantage at the top of the table.
“I think it will end in a draw,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.
“Milan will control the game. Inter are sitting deep in their own area of the pitch of late, staying focused on their defensive duties before hitting quickly on the counter-attack.”
Inter have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks and star striker Samuel Eto’o is on international duty with Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mourinho is facing a selection headache, but has Bergomi given him a few tips.
“I’d play Maicon and [Davide] Santon out wide at the back with [Walter] Samuel and [Ivan] Cordoba in central defence,” he explained.
“Then I’d field a diamond midfield with [Esteban] Cambiasso sitting in front of the back-line, [Javier] Zanetti on the right-hand side and either [Sulley] Muntari or [Thiago] Motta on the left flank.
“And finally, [Wesley] Sneijder behind [Diego] Milito and [Mario] Balotelli. But will Sneijder last the full 90 minutes?”
The Dutch international came down with flu during the week, but is said to have fully recovered and should be in the starting line-up this evening.