Former Inter Defender Gives Verdict on Serie A Race, ‘O Fenomeno’ and ‘Annoying’ Inzaghi

Former Inter defender Fabio Galante, who won the UEFA Cup title in 1998, believes this season’s Scudetto race is a four way encounter led by Italian elite in the form of Milan, Napoli, Inter and Juventus.

This seasons has started off in an unexpectedly strong manner as Napoli and Milan remain unbeaten in the league after ten matchdays and being closely tracked by Inter, Roma, Atalanta, Juventus and Fiorentina.

Speaking to Italian radio broadcaster Amore Campania (via Sempre Inter), the former Genoa stopper commented: “The season is long, but Napoli, Milan, Inter and Juventus remain the candidates for the title. Napoli are doing incredible things, at the beginning of the season no one expected such a positive run from them.”

He also shone light on the best footballer he has had the pleasure of playing with.

“Ronaldo, with whom I played,” he said.

When quizzed on the toughest opponents he faced during his two-decade career, the defender listed out some of the best attacking players of the generation.

“Batistuta, Shevchenko, Crespo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Baggio, there were very many. In my day the ones like Vieri, Inzaghi, Vialli, Mancini were different types.

Out of the latter four, the Serie B winner claimed a certain poacher to have annoyed him during matches, citing if VAR had been present during his day, things would have been different.

“Inzaghi was the most annoying to deal with, with VAR he would be called offside more,” joked Galante.

Galante began his playing career with Empoli, under current Partneopei coach Luciano Spalletti, before going on to have stints at Genoa, Inter, Torino and Livorno – amassing the Anglo-italian Cup, UEFA Cup and Serie B titles. He also captured the UEFA European U21 Championship with Italy U21, twice in 1994 and 1996.