Milan derby

Eto'o plays down derby

April 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Inter striker Samuel Eto'o insists AC Milan remain favourites for the Scudetto and does not believe Saturday's derby will be decisive in the title race.

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Having fallen off the pace during Rafael Benitez's ill-fated stint, Inter have enjoyed a resurgence under ex-Rossoneri coach Leonardo and are now just two points behind their city rivals.

Victory on Saturday would therefore see them move to the top of the table and, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, Inter will be looking to seize the chance to keep their destiny in their own hands.

However, Eto'o has played down the significance of the Derby della Madonnina and believes later games will prove more significant.

"The derby is a game that can change the course of the championship for just one week," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "After the game there will be another seven matches to go and only the last four rounds will decide who wins it, but it all depends on Milan because they are first at the minute.

"If they win all of their remaining games then they will take the title. They are the favourites - the favourites are always the team who are first."

Eto'o has been in superb form for Inter this season and he added: "I don't know if this is the best year of my career, but I know that the older you get the more you try to improve on what you did in the previous campaign."