They where controlled by Inter's powerful midfield and defense..
They went Italian style and played physical, something that isn't as popular in Spain..
Many Italian players, or foreigners that play in Italy for a while, that sign contracts in different leagues and transfer teams become frustrated, because their physical ways are more penalized in other leagues..
Walter Samuel, transfered to Madrid, to find that every game or every two games he would be cautioned, or even carded for what he considered normal football..
He went back to Italy and is one of the best defenders of the league, in Madrid he was nobody, another player, in Italy he's one of the best..
Someone finally played physical to Messi, and he sort of dissapeared.. I reckno he gets physical play in Spain, but this is a different level..He was marked by 3 guys that weren't scared of going cleats up or stepping on him which is granted ugly football, but sometimes it gets ugly in these matches.. He was choked, not given space, and if he beat a man quickly the second one would relay the first one and that would be the end of the attack... Thats how you mark Messi, with 2-3 guys constantly choking him.. In a play Samuel Et'oo marked him it was aroudn the middle of the field, I recall it was a 50 - 50 ball that Samuel just stood up to with all his african power..
Thats my theory..
Of course, If leo was closed, what happened to the other 9 players?
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