Trofeo TIM Tournament: AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus the Verdict

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IAugust 19, 2011

BARI, ITALY - AUGUST 18:  The Team of Inter with Tim Cup  during the TIM preseason tournament at Stadio San Nicola on August 18, 2011 in Bari, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
BARI, ITALY - AUGUST 18: The Team of Inter with Tim Cup during the TIM preseason tournament at Stadio San Nicola on August 18, 2011 in Bari, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

The 2011 Trofeo TIM has come to an end for another year with Inter Milan successfully defending their title from last year.

Perhaps one of the most exciting round-robins in the history of the competition, this year’s installment saw a number of goals scored and some enthralling endings. 

Matches

Inter Milan 1:1 Juventus (6-5 Penalties): Juventus took the lead against Inter with a goal from new signing Mirko Vucinic. It was quickly cancelled out by Ranocchia, and the game ended up going to penalties.

Routine spot kicks for both teams until Barzagli stepped up for Juventus and failed to convert.

Inter took two points from the game.

AC Milan 1:2 Juventus: A come-from-behind victory from Juventus will give them confidence this Serie A season. They quickly went behind after Cassano netted a goal, but Juve were soon equal after former Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal scored to equalize.

It looked to be heading to penalties yet again for Juventus until Matri popped up to head in and give Juventus all three points.

AC Milan 0:1 Inter Milan: Diego Milito returned to form to give Inter a narrow 1-0 win over AC Milan and secure the Trofeo TIM for Inter Milan yet again.

Sneijder came off the bench and provided a much-needed creative spark, which ultimately saw Inter close out the game the more dangerous of the two sides.

Results: Inter 1-1 Juventus (6-5 on pens); Juventus 2-1 AC Milan; AC Milan 0-1 Inter.

Final standings: Inter 5 points; Juventus 4 points; AC Milan 0 points.

The one-line verdict

Juventus: Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo are a formidable force in the midfield.

Inter Milan: Need some more force going forward, especially if Sneijder ends up leaving.

AC Milan: Let us just hope that they have Ibrahimovic back before the start of the Serie A.

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