Monthly Archives: September 2011

Serie A: Bologna 1-3 Inter, ‘il Biscione’ strikes back

Finally Inter get their first win of the season and I  couldn’t be happier, ok so Bologna are hardly the hardest team is Serie A to beat but after recent results under the guidance of Gian Piero Gasperini this win means so much more than three points, not only to Interisti but also to the players and everyone involved with the Nerazzurri.  Before the game I was hoping for a win but as Claudio Ranieri had only been in charge of the club for three days I was expecting for Inter to still be looking a bit rough around the edges, especially when it was announced that Wesley Sneijder was out with an injury picked up in training.  It has to be said though that already under Ranieri the Nerazzurri are looking like their old selves again and for me it just proves the point that our recent bad form was completely down to Gasperini and his stubbornness about his 3-4-3 tactic.  After passing his acid test for Inter ‘The Tinkerman’ was pleased with not only the win but also with our players mentality

“It was important to get off on the right foot. The lads needed a confidence boost. I said it didn’t matter whether we played well or badly; what mattered was that we fought for every ball to get the result. And that’s what we did. These lads are hungry and they showed that. I was pleased with the self-sacrifice I saw in all of them. This is the right spirit.”

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Welcome to Inter’s new coach Claudio Ranieri

Everyone knew after the Novara game that Gian Piero Gasperini wasn’t going to see the end of the next day as the Inter head coach but I can’t imagine that anyone thought that Massimo Moratti and Marco Branca would instate his replacement so quickly. This says to me of course that this has been in the pipeline for a little while and regardless of what has been said in previous weeks Gasperini was rapidly running out of time.

A few months ago when we were originally looking for Leonardo’s replacement Ranieri was amongst the list of candidates so it’s no real surprise that he was chosen. One crucial factor in his appointment is the fact he has been the coach of several top-level clubs and ‘The Tinkerman’ is known to have a talent for steadying a ship, which will be vital after Inter’s disastrous last couple of months. The downside of his appointment is that he is widely considered as ‘the best loser’ as he has a habit of coming close to honours of league titles or cup wins but always coming up short in the end. This isn’t as bad as it seems as long as Moratti only sees him as a short-term solution because with the chaos caused by Leonardo’s departure and Gasperini’s terrible era we need to be realistic and just set ourselves a target of qualifying for next seasons Champions league, anything beyond that would be a bonus and as much as I’d love to see our beloved club return to glory this season we need to settle the squad again and rebuild their shattered confidence, as Roberto Mancini said to the press recently Inter’s winning cycle has come to an end, as Interista we have to accept this fact and realise our priority now is to setup the new foundations to return the club to glory in the coming seasons.

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Serie A: Novara 3-1 Inter, Minnows embarrass the mighty Inter

First of all I would like to congratulate Novara on their win, they by far deserved it more than Inter.  As for the Nerazzurri, they were shocking, for the majority of the match Novara was running rings around them making the World Champions look like a Serie C side.  On the bright side for us Interisti there is no way that Moratti can ignore the fans shouts for Gasperini to be given the boot.  Instead of them improving and getting the 3+ goal win that everyone expected they again looked disorganised and lost on the pitch which handed Novara the best possible home start as they return to the Serie A after 55 years away from the top flight, as for Inter they now sit at the lowest position in the league that I can ever remember.
If us Interisti had our way Gasperini would be dragged all the way back to Milano where he would be crucified then hung from the rafters of the Guiseppe Meazza as a warning to future coaches, but after the game Massimo Moratti seemed to be staying fairly calm despite his obvious anger as he was quoted as saying “Gasperini didn’t have control of the match? It really seems to me that he didn’t, but let’s sleep on it,”  which I believe can be roughly translated as “Don’t worry by this time tomorrow he’ll be long gone!”

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‘Pupi 757’ – Javier Zanetti we salute you

In last night’s match against Novara there was one shining piece of positivity in a sea of negativity, our great captain now holds the record for most appearances in an Inter shirt, 757, overtaking legend Giuseppe Bergomi.  Zanetti became our captain on the 29th August 1999 in a 3-0 win over Verona.

Here are the numbers of Pupi’s Nerazzurri career

– 65,656 total minutes played
– 46,967 minutes in Serie A
– 15,872 minutes under Roberto Mancini, the coach he played for the most
– 12,194 minutes in Europe
– 5,280 minutes in the Coppa Italia
– 757 total appearances
– 689 full games played
– 539 Serie A appearances
– 189 appearances under Roberto Mancini
– 141 appearances in Europe
– 64 appearances in the Coppa Italia
– 51 bookings
– 34 times he has been substituted
– 33 times he has come on as a substitute
– 21 goals
– 16 coaches in Italy
– 16 trophies won
– 15 trophies won wearing the captain’s armband
– 12 decisive goals
– 12 goals in Serie A
– 6 goals scored for Roy Hodgson, the coach with whom he scored the most
– 5 goals in Europe
– 3 goals in the Coppa Italia
– 1 goal in the Club World Cup
– 1 sending off (Coppa Italia, Inter 0-2 Parma, 17 February 1999)

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Results of the Who should replace Gian Piero Gasperini? Poll

Now that Moratti has seen sense and dismissed Gasperini I have decided to end our poll on who should replace him early and the results as voted for by the Nerazzurri World readers are –

  1. Guus Hiddink was the most popular with 20% of the votes
  2. Carlo Ancelotti came second with 17.78% of the votes
  3. A surprise third place for Inter’s very own Luis Figo with 15.56% of the votes
  4. And in joint fourth place was Giuseppe Baresi & Don Nerazzurri with 11.11% of the votes each

Wow it comes to something when I’ve been voted in the top 5 of candidates for the Inter job 🙂

Unfortunately this is all irrelevant as it seems like Claudio Ranieri is going to be announced as the new coach very shortly.

For all the results see the poll below 🙂

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Serie A: Inter 0-0 Roma, Draw not good enough for the Nerazzurri

Week 3 of the 2011/12 season saw Inter take on Roma at the Guiseppe Meazza, with both teams having a torrid start to their seasons the coaches both needed a win to ensure their futures but despite chances, drama and a match I couldn’t take my eyes off for a minute it ended goalless, before the match myself and other Interisti predicted that it would end as a draw but going off the results of previous matches we all thought this was going to be a high scoring affair, so how was it that two teams that play offensive football couldn’t score at least once?

The positive thing about this match was that we managed to keep a clean sheet for a change and it also saw our legendary captain, Javier Zanetti, equal Giuseppe Bergomi’s club record of 756 appearances in the Nerazzurri colours, to commemorate this special occasion Zanetti wore a special armband  (“Zanetti & Bergomi 756 volte nerazzurri”) which will be auctioned on E-bay with the proceeds going to the PUPI Foundation.  These 2 Inter legends appeared together 134 times in the 90’s and won the 1998 UEFA Cup together.

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UCL: Inter 0-1 Trabzonspor, improved performance still not good enough

What can I say about last night’s Champions League group stage match against Trabzonspor?  Well on a positive note Gasperini dropped his 3 man defence and Inter looked a lot better for it, they defended better, they passed the ball better, they looked more dangerous going forward but for some reason unknown they could not get a goal!

This of course means that Gasperini has now made appearances in all three competitions (if you count the Supercup as a Coppa Italia match) and also lost all three games, not a good situation for Inter or Gasperini as Interisti are now calling for him to be replaced, but it has to be said last night saw a marked improvement on previous competitive displays even though we lacked the right rhythm at times and as Massimo Moratti  himself  said Gasperini can’t be blamed for the goal that lost us the game.  He isn’t entirely blameless though his biggest problem is that the squad don’t seem to have any confidence in him or his tactics and the Inter coach must be all too aware that he’s walking on thin ice meaning that if the result doesn’t come on Saturday against the struggling Roma he could have one of the shortest ever coaching careers at Inter. 

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Serie A: Palermo 4-3 Inter, Gasperini’s formation issues sink the Nerazzurri

What a match! Goals galore and end to end action, a perfect evening’s football for the neutral fan and jubilation for the Palermo fans. The trouble is I’m neither, I’m Interisti and for me there was nothing perfect about our week 2 fixture at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, in fact if I’d written this report straight after the game it would have just been a page full of offensive words aimed at Gasperini, luckily though after a nights sleep I have managed to calm down enough to write this without resorting to insults.

First off i’d like to say that everything I’ve said in previous articles about giving Gasperini a few weeks to prove his 3 man defense does work, FORGET IT, last night proved to me without a doubt that it does not and will not ever work for us! The attacking side of the formation worked great (once Sneijder was on the field!), but the defence was non existent with Miccoli and Hernandez breaking them down every chance they got. This of course was Gasperini’s 2nd competitive match in charge of Inter and more importantly his 2nd competitive loss, not to mention the poor performances during pre season, so it’s not surprising many Interisti are losing patience with him already.

Where did it all go wrong in Sicily?

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A look in to Inter’s Tactics

Since Gian Piero Gasperini’s name was linked with Inter earlier this summer the main thing on Interisti minds was the fact that the promising coach has a preference for using a 3 man defence, which he used fantastically at Genoa and since his arrival at Inter he has been working hard on adapting both the players to his formations and also trying to adapt the formations to his players. In pre season his results were a mixed bag with some stunning high scoring matches against lower end teams at the beginning up to a very disappointing loss against Chievo a couple of weeks ago.

All in all I think his formations are not a good fit with our squad as against any team that is of the calibre we should be facing throughout the season we have struggled immensely, you only have to look at the draw against Galatasaray and the two losses to both AC Milan in the Super Cup and Manchester City in the Dublin Super Cup to see that it wasn’t working for us, a lot of this is down to the fact that the formations weren’t playing to the strengths of our squad as I discussed in my post ‘Inter’s summer Transfers – Do they really fit in with Gasperini’s Formations?’   This article of course is now outdated as it was wrote half way through the transfer window and we have made a few more signings since then who we haven’t seen play in a Nerazzurri shirt as yet, so it would be unfair of anyone to say that Gasperini’s 3 man defence will not work this season.  As such I am going to use this article to look in to how I think he could possibly make his formation work and also show an alternative 4-3-3 formation that he could change to mid game without too much trouble. Read the rest of this entry

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