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Coutinho bracing for derby test

5 October 2012 16:36

Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho is eagerly anticipating Sunday's derby against AC Milan and expects a difficult match.

Inter won the last Serie A encounter against their city rivals 4-2 back in May, and the Brazilian is hopeful of recording another victory at the weekend.

"The derby's always a difficult game, hopefully we'll be able to keep up the form we've shown in the last few games and get another win," the 20-year-old told reporters.

"I don't know whether I will start against AC Milan. I hope so, but it's up to the coach to make the final decision."

The youngster looked back on his loan spell at Espanyol in the second half of the 2011/12 campaign, and insisted his time in La Liga has made him a better player.

"Going to Spain has definitely benefited me and then coming back and finding a coach like (Andrea) Stramaccioni gives us all confidence," he said.

Coutinho has netted three goals in 10 official appearances for Inter this term.

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Competition
Serie A
Date
7 October 2012
Game week
7
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Attendance
40155

Goals

0 - 1
4' W. Samuel
 (assist by E. Cambiasso)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
32
76 88'
25
5 34'
2
10
34 38'
28
18 85'
22
92
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

Monday 6 July

22:08
21:11
20:18
20:11
19:47
18:50
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18:24
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16:29
16:07
15:39
14:22
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11:49
11:21
10:24
09:37
08:19
07:34
07:04
04:20
04:13
03:15
02:50
02:49
01:49

Sunday 5 July

22:39
22:21
21:18
21:16
20:36
19:08
18:26
17:58
17:22
17:03
16:47
16:21
15:55
15:11
14:43
14:33
14:18
12:28
12:06
11:11
10:38
09:48
08:25
06:45
06:43
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05:28
04:55
04:18
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03:27
03:11
01:01
00:53

Saturday 4 July

22:11
19:44
19:16
19:11
17:45
17:45
17:10
16:45
16:09
16:06
15:35
13:48
13:17
12:56
12:28
11:14
10:04
08:50
07:47
07:28
07:27
06:58
06:55
06:18
04:44
04:35
04:10
03:24
02:58
01:39

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 87
2 38 +23 70
3 38 +33 69
4 38 +15 64
5 38 +16 63
6 38 +15 59
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +11 55
9 38 +3 54
10 38 +6 52
11 38 -2 49
12 38 -8 49
13 38 -16 46
14 38 -13 43
15 38 -6 42
16 38 -13 41
17 38 -19 37
18 38 -20 34
19 38 -37 24
20 38 -42 19

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