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Lazio 1-2 Roma: Ranieri gets his starting line-up wrong, but fixes it at half-time

April 19, 2010
Lazio 1-2 Roma: Ranieri gets his starting line-up wrong, but fixes it at half-time

Claudio Ranieri is a manager renowned for his surprise (and slightly baffling substitutions) – even being nicknamed ‘the tinkerman’ as a result. When he gets to the end of his career, however, he may well look at his substitutions in this Rome Derby as the most important of his career.
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Inter 2-0 Juventus: I Nerazzurri rely on a sending-off and a wonderstrike

April 17, 2010
Inter 2-0 Juventus: I Nerazzurri rely on a sending-off and a wonderstrike

Inter emerge victorious, but it was far from easy. A surprising system from Alberto Zaccheroni flummoxed Inter, and it took a combination of Momo Sissoko’s madness and Maicon’s brilliance to give Inter the crucial three points.
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Fiorentina 0-1 Inter: Eto’o wins the tie, then Inter go ultra-defensive

April 14, 2010
Fiorentina 0-1 Inter: Eto’o wins the tie, then Inter go ultra-defensive

When two teams play each other twice in quick succession, the second game is often boring and predictable – so the fact that there were eleven changes between the sides from the weekend’s line-ups was a welcome surprise.
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Fiorentina 2-2 Inter: The same goal three times, and a good result for neither

April 11, 2010
Fiorentina 2-2 Inter: The same goal three times, and a good result for neither

An exciting game that finished with a deserved point for either side, but it is a result that isn’t of much help to either at the moment – Fiorentina’s vague Champions League hopes are almost dead, whilst Inter are off the top of the table for the first time in months.
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Roma 2-1 Inter: A narrow victory that could turn out to be crucial

March 27, 2010
Roma 2-1 Inter: A narrow victory that could turn out to be crucial

There’s a case for saying that was the first huge game of the season. Title favourites Inter against the side who look most likely to topple them, and Jose Mourinho up against Claudio Ranieri – the man he replaced at Chelsea almost six years ago.
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