Monday, 23 April 2007

Rival clubs congratulate Inter

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has saluted Inter after his club's arch rivals clinched their 15th Scudetto on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri retained the Italian title following a 2-1 triumph at Siena and Roma's defeat at Atalanta.

"Compliments to Inter who have won the Scudetto and have done better than us in the domestic competition," said Galliani.

Milan, who were among the clubs handed points-deductions for their part in the Calciopoli scandal
, are currently 26 points behind their city rivals. However, Galliani pointed out that while Inter have been dominant in the domestic front, his club have shone in Europe.

The Rossoneri remain the only non-English club still in the Champions League competition after Inter were eliminated by Valencia in the Last 16.

"We have done so much better than them in the Champions League," added Galliani.

Meanwhile, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti hailed the Nerazzurri's impressive campaign, after the Giallorossi were unable to keep up.

Roma, who beat Inter 3-1 in midweek, a result which marked the Nerazzurri's first league loss of the campaign, currently trail Roberto Mancini's side by 16 points.

"We must congratulate Inter," said Spalletti. "They have been the strongest side and have fully merited the Scudetto. We have had a good campaign, where we have taken good results and seen a lot of will from my players."

With Juventus relegated and several clubs handed points-deductions, Inter's dominance of Serie A has been breathtaking, with the title sealed with five matches to spare.

Juve, who last season had their Scudetto revoked in favour of Inter, also paid tribute to the champions' achievement. "Inter has won the Scudetto on merit," read a statement from the Serie B leaders. "We hope to meet them next season in a more competitive Serie A."

[Inter - Campione d'Italia]

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