Inter & May 5? I Don’t Give A Damn, Says Lippi

Italy national team coach Marcello Lippi has sniped that he “doesn’t give a damn” about the relevance of Inter’s infamous May 5 title collapse in 2002, as he prepares to take on the Nerazzurri’s coach from that day – Hector Cuper – tomorrow night.The Azzurri will be hoping to make it six points out of six in their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign when they host Georgia at the Stadio Friuli in Udine tomorrow night. The coach of Georgia is former Inter boss Hector Cuper, who famously went head-to-head with ex-Juve coach Lippi in the race for the 2002 Scudetto. The Nerazzurri went into their final day match on 'May 5' at Lazio just requiring a win to secure the championship. However they collapsed to a 4-2 defeat, following a number of defensive gaffes, including one howler from Vratislav Gresko, and Juventus picked up the championship after winning their game. Inter have always been bitter about this capitulation, and have erroneously claimed that there was something sinister going on. Earlier this year, while in charge of Parma, Cuper publicly came out in the press and claimed that Inter had been robbed of the 2002 Scudetto. When this subject was brought up by journalists today, possibly in a bid to spice up tomorrow’s match between Italy and Georgia, Lippi’s response was emphatic. "The date of May 5? I don’t give a damn,” snapped Lippi. “To me it is just a beautiful nothing. The only thing that interests me is September 10, and that is tomorrow. All clear?!” Lippi will be hoping for a better performance from his charges in Udine, following their under-par display against Cyprus on Saturday, when they limped to a 2-1 win.


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