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Three things learnt from a pulsating Milan derby, feat. Everton loanee’s masterclass

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If somebody were to predict who would be on the scoresheet for AC Milan as they launched a late, late comeback against Internazionale at the San Siro, few would have put their money on the two goals coming from Alessio Romagnoli and Cristian Zapata.

The centre-back pairing were both on the scoresheet, with both central defenders rifling home in the 83rd and 96th minutes respectively to earn a crucial point for Vincenzo Montella’s side.

In truth, it was the least that the visitors had deserved, after Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi had struck in the first half in two similar counter-attacking moves to punish Milan as they failed to capitalise on their domination and chances.

Amid a brilliant San Siro atmosphere, the two clubs are both now fighting for a Europa League place and whilst a point will not have suited either, they will be satisfied at least that they were not defeated.

Read on over the next few pages to see what we learnt from the game…

Chinese ownership could make a huge difference to both clubs

This was the first game since AC Milan were taken over by a Chinese billionaire and he joined his compatriot in the director’s box with both clubs now owned by some of the richest men from China.

There is no doubting that both clubs are under performing currently, but with these new owners ready to plough money into the budget, it could be a real turning point for both clubs this summer.

Gerard Deulofeu is showing the player he could be

Alongside former Liverpool man Suso, Everton loanee Gerard Deulofeu showed exactly what he is capable of. The winger was electric down the flanks and his pace caused real problems throughout, with Inter unable to cope.

With a coach who believes in him and is ready to support him and back him, both at club level and with the Spanish national team, Deulofeu’s confidence is soaring and it was clear in his decisive display.

It was no surprise that Barcelona’s sporting director commented on Sunday evening to say that they will exercise their right to re-sign him from Everton this summer, but the Spaniard must show this form on a more regular basis.

AC Milan are closest to their return to European football

With a number of talented youngsters, such as Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal, Alessio Romagnoli in defence and the Spanish duo on the attack, AC Milan certainly have the head start in their pursuit of Europe. This result protects the two-point lead over their rivals but still two points behind Lazio in their race for the Europa League.

Inter are in good form, and in the likes of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, they have the quality. However, their managerial instability and inconsistency could cost them dearly, come the end of the season.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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