Inter is set to lock horns with Atalanta in the Battle of Bergamo on Tuesday afternoon. The Nerazzurri are coming off a 4-2 victory over Hellas Verona on the weekend and another three points is very much on Walter Mazzarri's wish list.
I've had this match circled on the calendar ever since the brazen robbery that took place in broad daylight at the Meazza on April 7, 2013. If you watched the match then you know exactly what I am talking about.
Inter were cruising to victory until Andrea Gervasoni whistled an Inter player, no one was sure who though, for a phantom penalty. Andrea Rancocchia then missed a sitter that my nonna scored ten times out of ten and Atalanta went on win the match 4-3. It was one of the low points of the season for me.
The Beneamata now have a chance to exact a measure of revenge but it won't be easy as they have failed to beat Atalanta in the last four tries.
To make matters worse we haven't beat them in Bergamo since Mario Balotelli and Patrick Vieira scored in the 2-0 win in April of 2009. That's insane, we need to put an end to this tomfoolery on Tuesday.
Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 3:45 EST
Venue: Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Inter Probable Formation: 3-5-1-1: Handanovic; Rolando, Samuel, Juan Jesus; Jonathan; Guarin, Cambiasso, Kovacic, Nagatomo; Alvarez; Palacio
Atalanta Probable Formation: 4-4-1-1: Consigli; Scaloni, Stendardo, Yepes, Del Grosso; Raimondi, Cigarini, Carmona, Brienza; Moralez; Denis
Unavailable For Duty: Javier Zanetti is inching closer to a return after tearing his Achilles last season. Hugo Campagnaro will miss out once again as he battles a troublesome thigh injury. Diego Milito is sidelined with a muscular knock while Cristian Chivu is still recovering from knee surgery in the summer. Ishak Belfodil is suspended after he was sent off against Verona at the end of the game.
Operation Wounded Mongoose: This is personal, a revenge mission all the way. The objective is to plunder Bergamo by any means necessary while taking absolutely no prisoners.
Enemy Of The State: German Denis loves to score against Inter and found the back of the net five times against us last year alone. That is not normal. He obviously holds a grudge against us seeing as he's the only Argentine in Italy to have never played for Inter. That has to be it, right?
Fear Factor: 7: Atalanta is as frightening as the guy in Kurt Rambis-style goggles, short shorts and knee high socks who is ready to play you in pick up basketball. You're pretty confident going into the contest until he sticks his elbow into your chin and runs you off the court. You are bigger, faster, taller and stronger than this joker but for whatever reason you just can't beat him.
Medal Of Honor: I think Ricky Alvarez is going to have a big game. He is healthy again and I can see him running rampant and wild on Tuesday. A goal and an assist sounds about right for 'El Chupacabra.'.
If Inter Wins: I will feel that justice has been finally served and will sip a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier by the fireplace in quiet contentment.
If Atalanta Wins: I will be forced to lock myself into my office and listen to System of a Down for 30 minutes before calming down and putting it out to the cosmos to have Atalanta relegated so we don't have to face them for at least a year.
Likely Outcome: Mazzarri has a proven track record of beating teams below his in the standings but Atalanta has been our bogey team in the last few years. Something has to give here. It pains me to predict a draw but we're going head over heart here. This one ends 2-2.