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The target on Inter Milan’s back seems to get bigger

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Being top in Serie A comes with a bullseye.

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The FC Internazionale Milano fans show their support prior to the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 3, 2017 in Milan, Italy.
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Not that it’s breaking news or anything, but when you are tops in the division, everyone else wants to take a shot at you.

And, with today’s social media influence, those shots can come from a myriad of directions.

Take, for example, Sandro Pello, the director of communications for Juventus, who went on the team’s official channel and just blasted off on Inter:

“I dream of asphalting them, erasing them from the planet, taking away every little glimmer, desire, hope of being a normal team. They must stay in the sewers where they have been in the last years, in the manholes hidden in the dark.”

- Sandro Pello, Juventus director of communications to Juventus TV
Sandro Pello, director of communications for Juventus, blasted off on Inter on Juventus TV ahead of Saturday’s Derby D’Italia.
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Of course, I realize most of this is just fodder for fans to get riled up leading up to Saturday’s Derby d’Itallia in Turin, but really?

If that wasn’t enough, even Pordenone – Inter Milan’s opponent in the upcoming Coppa Italia – have taken to social media to come after the Nerazzurri.

Hey, I get it. You are a team struggling in the throes of Serie C and you get an opportunity to play with the big boys at the Giuseppe Meazza soon. And getting 3,000 fans into the San Siro among 60,000+ Interisti will be impressive … kind of.

What I don’t get is the blast off from the director of communications for Juventus. I mean, wow. Just what effect were you going for? Riling up the fans? I doubt they needed your words of wisdom for that. Perhaps you were trying to impress the female host on Juventus TV?? Yeah, I guess I could see that.

Oh well. In the end, we all know we have a target on our backs. We’ve been there before and we will be there again. We should expect nothing less from others who aspire to achieve what we have in such a short time.

Forza Inter!