Inter Milan’s Matchday 25 tie against Sampdoria has been postponed due to Coronavirus fears. Italy has the most recorded cases in Europe, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the decision to cancel all sporting events in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, where cases are highest. Other Serie A matches affected are Atalanta vs Sassuolo and Hellas Verona vs Cagliari. Meanwhile, Genoa vs Lazio, Torino vs Parma, and Rome vs Lecce will go on as planned.
Most important is the well being of people in Italy, and since this action will help protect them, it is a smart decision from the government. Let’s send good wishes to everyone affected.
But because this is a football site, here’s the sporting perspective on this. First, this is a much needed, if unexpected rest for Inter, which has had a hectic schedule as of late, with Europa League and Coppa Italia action in addition to the league. This means Inter will be fully rested heading into a crucial clash at Juventus, while the Old Lady travels to Lyon mid week in the Champions League.
Unfortunately, the table will show the Nerazzurri six points behind Juve heading into that showdown, but hopefully that issue will be rectified once Inter eventually meet Sampdoria. Speaking of which, the postponement will create further fixture congestion down the line, but I’m sure Inter will take this break for all its worth and worry about that later.
Again, we can talk all we want about what this means for Inter Milan, but the main thing is the health and safety of people.
Anyway, enjoy your now football free Sunday!