MILAN - AS Roma have ensured a fifth
Italian Cup final in six years against Inter Milan on Wednesday
will be anything other than dull after saying Jose Mourinho's
side should be ashamed of Sunday's league win at Lazio.
Leaders Inter prevailed 2-0 to go two points clear of Roma
in the Serie A title race, but the game was overshadowed by
Lazio fans cheering the goals against them given their bitter
city rivals slipped off top spot.
Lazio, still not mathematically clear of relegation with
two games left, pushed Inter in the first half but once they
conceded the match petered out as a contest.
"After what we have seen, to call our championship the most
beautiful in the world is absurd. If I was Inter I would be
ashamed of winning like that," Roma president Rosella Sensi
The final at Rome's Stadio Olimpico was already shaping up
to be an epic duel without the added spice.
With the two teams also again tussling for the scudetto,
victory on Wednesday could mean the first step in a possible
double for Roma or the first part of an unprecedented Italian
treble for Champions League finalists Inter.
Having played each other so much in Cup finals in recent
years, with Roma winning two and Inter two, fans might have
expected the sides to be sick of the sight of each other and
lay on dreary tactical stalemates.
Instead the first leg of the 2007 final ended up with Roma
winning 6-2 while their most recent encounter in Serie A was a
thrilling 2-1 victory for Roma full of drama.
The final is now a one-off game, pre-planned in Roma's
stadium, with both teams taking it much more seriously than
they usually would for the much-maligned Italian Cup.
The sides are likely to field their best teams, although
Inter may tweak tactics having experimented with right back
Maicon on the right of midfield against Lazio.
"It will be hard in the Cup on Wednesday because Roma are
on form and they aren't giving up, but we will give everything
to win the first trophy available to us," Inter's former Roma
defender Walter Samuel said.
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