Inter v Roma, an all-Italian classic

PHILADELPHIA – Inter and Roma have met on countless occasions on Italian soil before now, and each time it was a celebration of football. You can be sure that will be the case again today when Nerazzurri and Giallorossi lock horns on US territory in the Guinness International Champions Cup – an all-Italian classic drawing the world’s attention to Philadelphia.

There are plenty of interesting subplots of course. Can Mazzarri’s Inter side keep growing? Will Roma confirm their title credentials? What sort of form are two of Italy’s biggest clubs in?

And that’s not forgetting the three points at stake: a win for either side, coupled with a Man United defeat to Real Madrid, would send them into the final in Miami.

The match is to be played at Lincoln Financial Field, a 67,594-seater arena that’s home to the Philadelphia Eagles. The perfect venue for what is both a classic meeting and a first: Inter and Roma have never faced off in the International Champions Cup in the States before.