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Roma resolved to deny Inter double

Published: Saturday 24 May 2008, 13.40CET
For the fourth season in succession, FC Internazionale Milano meet AS Roma in the Coppa Italia final, with the Nerazzurri eyeing a domestic double in Rome tonight.
by Roberta Radaelli
from Milan
Roma resolved to deny Inter double
Roma and Inter contest a fourth successive Coppa Italia final on Saturday ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 24 May 2008, 13.40CET

Roma resolved to deny Inter double

For the fourth season in succession, FC Internazionale Milano meet AS Roma in the Coppa Italia final, with the Nerazzurri eyeing a domestic double in Rome tonight.

For the fourth time in as many seasons, FC Internazionale Milano meet AS Roma in the Coppa Italia final, with the Nerazzurri chasing a domestic double.

One-off final
A change of format has seen the two-legged final replaced by an all-or-nothing game at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, and if Serie A runners-up Roma have home advantage, the side that denied them the Scudetto would love to follow up their third straight championship with a domestic double. An Inter victory would also represent a third final win against Roma in four campaigns.

Travelling army
"Saturday's match gives us the chance of another trophy," said Nerazzurri captain Javier Zanetti. "We will be calm and focused going to Rome, confident that we can do well." Roberto Mancini's men will have plenty of support too, with 30,000 Inter fans headed for the capital. "It will be a good game and we hope the crowd enjoy it and participate in a celebration of sport," added Zanetti.

'Staying with us'
Roma turned the tables on Inter last term, taking the Coppa Italia after losing the previous two finals against the Nerazzurri, and striker Mirko Vučinić is sure his side will keep a firm grip on the trophy. "The cup is staying with us," said the Montenegrin international. "They are not going to take the rosette [the badge given to the cup winners] from our jerseys."

Worthy champions
Vučinić has proved vital to Luciano Spalletti's Giallorossi in the absence of injured skipper Francesco Totti, and while Matteo Ferrari is also likely to be sidelined, Roma are desperate to get their own back, feeling they would have been worthy champions. Inter, however, are giving no ground. "On Saturday, the best teams in Italy meet again and we want to win," said Zanetti.

Last updated: 24/05/08 22.16CET

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