AC Milan’s Paolo Maldini (L) with Inter’s Javier ZanettiOn Sunday night, two teams who have fallen from grace will battle each other in a quest to reclaim some of their lost honour. The Milan derby is the battle of the forgotten or the battle of two teams who went from being European Champions to strugglers in their league.Both clubs have seen several managerial changes in recent years. AC Milan appointed former player Filippo Inzaghi as their manager prior to the start of the season while Inter sacked Walter Mazzarri a few days back and brought back Roberto Mancini at the helm.Milan are currently 7th in the table with 17 points – 4 points way from Champions League qualification. Meanwhile, Inter are one point and two places behind their arch rivals. Dropping points is not an option for both teams as it could severely hamper their progress.We take a look at the six best Milan derbies from the history books.
#1 Milan 2-1 Inter: October 1984
We go back to a match that happened over three decades back. But before we dive into the game, here is a sneak peek into the background of the match.
Milan were in a very bad situation in the early ‘80s. They were relegated to the Serie B in 1980 following a betting scandal, and even though they gained promotion the very next season, they went down again in 1982. They returned to the top flight later on, but they had not beaten Inter in nine attempts prior to this game.
It was the first derby of the 1984-85 season and Inter took the lead in the game through Alessandro Altobelli. But Milan equalized through Agostino Di Bartolomei, before former Portsmouth striker Mark Hateley headed the ball in to give Milan the victory.