Trophies are won on the basis of great defence, so goes the conventional wisdom. It is not a coincidence that teams with stingy defensive lines usually end up winning league titles. Yet, defenders are a sadly neglected lot. They rarely get spotlight or awards despite performing well. TheHardTackle will try to make sure that defenders who did well last season get proper recognition for their efforts.

Club football returns from the International break and a match couldn't get bigger than the Derby della Madonnina. Inter have closed the gap on Milan to just 2 points and this derby could well decide the fate of both the Milan sides. Read on for all the team news and predictions.

One of the fiercest battles in Italian football will be fought at a sold out Geussepe Meazza on Sunday as AC Milan will look forward to prove their superiority over Inter this season. TheHardTackle previews the Derby Della Madonnina.