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Coppa Italia Final Debate: Key Personal Battles Between Inter And Roma

Inter once suffered a famous collapse to lose the Serie A title on May 5, 2002 at the Stadio Olimpico and they will be keen not to let something similar happen when they face Roma ten years later in the Coppa Italia final.

The rivalry between these two sides in the competition is fierce, as Wednesday's clash will be the fifth time in six years that the two teams will face each other in the final, and analyses some of the key contests which could decide the match.

Diego Milito v. Juan

The transfer of Milito has paid plenty of dividends for Inter, as the Argentine continues to score on a consistent basis with 25 goals in all competition this season and Juan will have the unenviable task of marking him. However, the Brazilian defender has matured under Claudio Ranieri and has been one of the best centre-backs in Serie A this season. Little separates these two in form stars at the moment.

Maicon v. Mirko Vucinic

Interestingly, these two have one trait that separates them immensely. Maicon is a model of consistency, while the former Lecce star has always been slated for his lack of it. With Vucinic expected to be deployed in a wide position in support of Totti, he will have the opportunity to exploit space left by the Nerazzurri right-back, who in typical Brazilian fashion bombs forward. The question is: Which Vucinic will show up?

Walter Samuel v. Francesco Totti

‘The Wall’ returns to his old club where he made his name on the European scene and will take on his former team-mate Totti. The Lupi captain was inspired at the weekend with an exceptional goal and assist against Parma and will likely use all his tricks and cards up his sleeve to attempt to free himself from the Argentine’s shackles on Wednesday night.

Esteban Cambiasso v. Daniele De Rossi

Two of the best defensive midfielders in the world go head-to-head in what should be a fascinating battle. Cambiasso is a master of positioning in front of the back four while De Rossi himself is a tenacious talent and the best ball-winner in Italy. One thing is for certain, neither lack ambition nor hunger and whoever wins this battle will give their side a massive boost.

Jose Mourinho v. Claudio Ranieri

The contention between these two goes back to Stamford Bridge, when ‘The Special One’ was hired to replace ‘The Tinkerman’ at Chelsea. The rivalry was renewed last season in the Derby d’Italia, but this campaign Ranieri’s Roma has so far gotten the better of Mourinho’s Inter, which not many coaches (including Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola) can boast.

Nonetheless, Inter are top of Serie A at the moment and this gives Ranieri not only the opportunity to show he can win some silverware with the Giallorossi, but also tangle with the best Mourinho has to offer and prove they are on equal ground.

"Roma and Inter start on the same level. There are no favourites. It will be a game between two protagonists and a feast of football where we hope there are no incidents," said Ranieri to the press earlier on Tuesday.

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