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What can we expect tactically from our new boss? In the past he’s been know to push for free flowing football with his controversial 3-4-3 formation which i know alot of Interista are very dubious about but i believe a fresh approach is exactly what is needed at the club and besides if he uses the right players it should play more like my personal favourite 5-3-2 formation which in my opinion suits the players we have in the ranks as i discussed in my post on the rebuilding of Inter which is handy as it’s looking more & more likely there isn’t going to be too many new players this summer. A lot of my fellow Interista have said to me in a recent conversation about formations on Twitter that only having 3 defenders would be suicidal but if he plays Samuel, Ranocchia & Lucio as CB, with Nagatomo & Maicon running the wings as WBs with Zanetti & Cambiasso as CMs also covering back to help out the CBs then sit Sneijder slightly behind the front line of Eto’o & Pazzini we would have pretty much a perfectly balanced formation that can switch from defence to attack in no time at all which is ideal for playing on the counter attack.
All in all Gasperini’s appointment at Inter could be a good thing for us as long as he can handle the pressure of being at the helm of the Nerazzurri, but all we can do is have faith in him & see if he can live up to the potential he has shown in the past. Unfortunately for him the first competitive test he’ll face will be a derby match against AC Milan in the Italian Super cup in Beijing so like most of the fans i’m hoping that now the managerial crisis has been sorted we can moved to bring in some excellent players to the Black & Blue side of the San Siro.
Well here we are 18 days into the 2011 summer transfer window and instead of the strengthening of Inter that we all expected with not alot of movement being shown in signing new players while in the Nerazzurri camp it’s starting to look more like a meltdown than a revolution.
After committing to the Nerazzurri a few weeks ago Wesley Sneijder disappointed all the Interista and Massimo Moratti by stating that “Only God will decide where my future lies. ” followed a few days later by a statement from Samuel Eto’o who also had committed to our beloved club that “Playing in England is an idea I have had in my head for some time and now what matters to me is finding a good team,” then followed the best news so far this summer that Leonardo was leaving to take up a directors role at Paris St Germain, which in it’s self is great news as I’ve felt for a while that he wasn’t up to the job at Inter but it has raised the question as to who is? And the cherry and icing on the cake is that it’s been revealed that Lucio is considering a contract from Malaga after the powers that be at Inter refused to give him a two year extension to his contract!
However, it’s not only a €15 million release clause that stands in the way of the ‘new kid on the block’ coming back to San Siro; Villas-Boas has already made it clear that he intends to continue with his impressive Porto side, but you never know stranger things have happened so i’m going to keep my fingers crossed. Of course people are saying €15 million for a manager is excessive and you could get a decent player for that but for me having a decent manager is just as important as the players so it’d be money well spent for me.
In Gasperini’s favour is his availability and motivation to prove himself with a big club, an opportunity many feel he deserves. However, working against him is his lack of experience at the highest level. Tactically, Gasperini has intriguing ideas, often employing a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3. The Italian media recently reported Moratti met with Genoa president Enrico Preziosi in order to discuss releasing the coach from his ‘gardening leave’, as his contract is still in effect despite being relieved of his duties last November. I think if we can’t get Hiddink or Villas-Boas than Gasperini would be the next choice for me.
Mihajlovic enjoyed success with Catania (as many coaches seem to do) before replacing now-Italian national team boss Cesare Prandelli at Fiorentina. It took time, but the 42-year-old eventually settled with the injury-hit Viola in the last third of the 2010-11 campaign and it’s unlikely the Viola will let him go easily, as they see him as a long-term appointment.
His past with rivals Juventus and Roma may prove a difficult pill for the Inter fans to swallow, but his reputation and knowledge of Calcio make him one of the ideal candidates, not to mention he’s currently out of work after leaving the Giallorossi midway through last season.
Though we managed to secure the Italian Super Cup against a terrible Roma team the European Super Cup was well out of our reach with a bad performance from the team and already it was starting to become clear Benitez had no control over the Inter squad. With a divide ripping through the Inter camp by December the Nerazzurri was looking half the team they were under Mourinho. Winning the Club World Cup got the spirit of the players and fans back up but Benitez still wasn’t happy and after an unproffesional outburst during the post match interview Moratti decided that enough was enough and fired the Spaniard.
The best thing that has happened for Inter this season is that they have relinquished the title. It has made Moratti realize that his squad needs a spark if he plans to sustain their success levels from years past. Moves are being made to address this issue and Leonardo’s confirmation as Coach for next season is the first step towards ensuring a stable and developmental approach for the future.
Coach – Leonardo:
The Brazilian’s statistics fail to highlight his failures but they reflect handsomely on his success. Inter won every single home game in the league under him but when it really mattered they failed to deliver. He definitely needs to work on the tactical side of the game, but motivationally he is one of the best and knows how to get the most out of his team.
Player of the Season – Samuel Eto’o:
There are no other contenders for this honour as without him, Inter would have been a laughing stock for the first half of their season. He took on the responsibility of scoring and delivered, resulting in 37 goals for Inter this season beating his previous personal best of 36 he scored for Barca, if he can continue in the same vein next season and with Pazzini along, Inter can feel secure.
Turning point – Milan 3-0 Inter:
This was the beginning of the end for Inter. They conceded in the opening minute and gradually lost the plot as the game unfolded. A win would have put them top, but they flopped and it was followed by an even worse performance against Schalke in the infamous 2-5 defeat.
What’s to come?
Hopefully Inter will break the habit of a lifetime and make a real effort to compete with Europe’s biggest teams to secure the signatures of some big names which means Moratti needs to spend some serious money, time will tell and all we can do is sit back and see what happens over the summer. One thing is definite though Inter will be a force to be reckoned with next season no matter what happens.