I am getting stupidly excited for this game. I don't think that Inter will come close to winning. I don't think it'll be a draw. But I will be watching tonight at 8:00 PM - a sane time for a football game finally! - with bells on. Why? Because unlike the Hamburg game, I think that the players will have some big game psychology going on in their melons. No one will want to look bad. Everyone will want to impress. I think that goes double for Mazzarri. He's going to want to show how much the team has improved under his short watch, especially with Mourinho on the other sideline - the two haven't exactly been on each other's christmas card list.
Having said that, a big loss can be manna from heaven for a coach. First of all, nothing gives a coach justification for a hell day on the training grounds like being embarrassed on international TV. Second of all, if Chelsea destroy Inter, the front office will spring into action... this front office reacts to embarrassment more than carefully executed cunning.
Walter Mazzarri has called up 23 players for Chelsea v Inter, the first match of the Guinness International Champions Cup scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (kick-off at 20:00 local, 2:00 Italian).
Goalkeepers: 1 Samir Handanovic, 12 Luca Castellazzi, 30 Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Defenders: 2 Jonathan, 5 Juan Jesus, 6 Marco Andreolli, 14 Hugo Campagnaro, 23 Andrea Ranocchia, 25 Walter Samuel, 26 Cristian Chivu, 31 Alvaro Pereira, 33 Ibrahima Mbaye, 55 Yuto Nagatomo;
Midfielders: 11 Ricky Alvarez, 13 Fredy Guarin, 17 Zdravko Kuzmanovic, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 90 Patrick Olsen, 93 Diego Laxalt;
Forwards: 8 Rodrigo Palacio, 9 Mauro Icardi, 7 Ishak Belfodil, 47 Alessandro Capello.
The following players will remain in