70 thousand fans for Inter-Empoli. Support? Abundant. Pressure? Plenty
Indifference is not contemplated. A civil but cold relationship is not possible. Like lovers in complicated relationships, going from passion and ecstasy to noisy arguments. Tomorrow night is not the first date but the last, there is no middle road usually between Inter and its fans: their story is often so… extreme. And it will be even more so in one night from in and out of the stadium. Also this time, there will be many at the San Siro as attendance is reaching 70 thousand.
And that figure can have a factor in two opposite directions: if on one hand, the club is inviting the fans to arrive early and make the stadium a madhouse, the pressure coming from the stands could be so much and perhaps counterproductive. Spalletti said this after the game against Chievo: “The fans will immediately ask you to do something more and sometimes you risk losing your balance.”
The fans will have no patience and that is certain: tension between Interisti has been high for days and many will arrive at the San Siro in the hope of removing that monkey from their shoulders as soon as possible. So, like other times in the past, the risk is that if a goal does not come, fans will start making a lot of noise and that can influence the players that do not have personality to deal with it, especially after the many lost opportunities to secure Champions League football of the last few weeks. Curva Nord promised to support the team until the last minute of extra time but also “war” in the event of failure. The rest of the stadium is probably less threatening but perhaps even less patient.
The great love from the fans has been the object of betrayals because Inter have failed at least three decisive matches at home this season. The most venial sin was the Coppa Italia against Lazio which came on penalties and in front of only 23 thousand fans (Curva Nord was suspended). The most difficult to swallow, however, was the draw against PSV in the Champions League. At the Meazza that time were over 62 thousand fans, ready to celebrate the team moving on to second round. Another cold shower happened against Eintracht Frankfurt. After the 0-0 in Germany, Inter needed to win and they would go through. They lost.
Disappointments like this have downed a lot of fans this season. They are asking for a celebration at the final whistle for the final seasonal team goal remaining. Otherwise, maybe it won’t be “war” but anger will certainly escape them.