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. 

Now I have to admit I didn’t see the first 20 minutes of the match due to not being able to find a live stream on the internet that actually worked, (Thank you to my Twitter Inter family for helping me out with links), thankfully I didn’t seem to have missed anything.

FIRST HALF –

This of course was Gasperini’s Champions League debut against a team that technically had already been knocked out once in the qualifying round but had been given a reprieve due to Fenerbahçe’s ban for match fixing, so with that in mind and the fact that they were without their coach Gunes, striker Yilmaz and midfielder Mierzejeski who were all sent off during their Europa league play off, this should have been a walk in the park for Inter.  But just like last Sunday the Nerazzurri yet again got mugged while on their walk.

One thing I should point out at this point is that for the 1st half the Curva Nord was empty with the Ultras protesting against the players association strike that postponed the first week of the Serie A, but their timing in my opinion was terrible as after Sunday our players needed to see that the fans were still behind them.  So the match started with Gasperini fielding a 4-3-1-2 formation and for the first 15 minutes it was fairly quiet (thankfully as I wasn’t watching), Inter were given a free kick in the 2nd minute which Sneijder hit straight in to the wall and then in the 14 th minute the Turks made a counter attack that was stopped dead by a decisive challenge from Lucio.

Our first real chance came on the 18th minute when Zarate took the ball forward with Pazzini in support only for the Argentinian to be closed down by 2 defenders when he decided not to pass to the Italian striker, luckily the ball ended up with Obi whose shot was blocked by the Turkish defence.  Ten minutes later Trabzonspor got their first real chance of the game but Cech’s effort went harmlessly high of the target.  Another free kick not long after that saw Sneijder hit the wall again, then shortly afterwards Zarate again ignored Pazzini in space and tricked his way past 2 defenders and got a shot on target but Tolga (Trabzonspor’s keeper) managed to steer it around the post.  The resulting corner dropped the ball in for Pazzini, who tried an impressive volley on the turn but didn’t manage to connect properly resulting in a wasted chance for the Nerazzurri.  At this point Inter seemed to be the only team in the game and Interisti hopes were raised that we could finally get a win here, in the 34th minute another chance came as Zarate latched on to a ball over the top of the Turkish defence but Tolga rushed out off his line to collect the ball and deny us yet again.  Inter were now really piling on the pressure as Sneijder took another free kick on the edge of the area, which this time cleared the wall but went straight in to the keepers arms.  With half time rapidly approaching ‘Pazzo’ set up Cambiasso who could only strike the ball off target, then just before the whistle was blown to bring an end to the half Sneijder played a lovely ball through to Pazzini who was wrongly judged to be offside, even though he was being kept in play by Trabzonspor’s nearside defender, and so the 1st half ended frustratingly goalless.

SECOND HALF

The players returned to the pitch after half time to a much louder Guiseppe Meazza, as the Curva Nord boys had returned and the chants rang around the stadium spurring the Nerazzurri on as they started the second half.  After another foul on Pazzini Sneijder lined up his free kick but his effort skimmed the right hand upright of Tolga’s goal.  This was followed by an abysmal effort at the other end by Trabzonspor’s Paulo Henrique, before Zanetti started the Inter threat once again but the attack was stopped dead by another dubious offside.  The 55 minute mark saw Gasperini make 2 changes with Pazzini coming off for Milito and Alvarez replacing Obi, personally I would have brought Milito on for Zarate and Alvarez for Jonathan, who had little influence during the game but i’m not the coach so I don’t get a say unfortunately.  It didn’t take long for Milito to make his presence felt though when he beat his man and whipped in a low cross that was just too far ahead of Alvarez for him to put the finishing touch on.  Zarate did well shortly after by making space for himself in the box but his shot went straight to the waiting keeper, then came what should have been the nail in the coffin for Trabzonspor when Milito recieved the ball in front of Tolga only to fire his shot at the keeper who couldn’t get a grip of it leaving it to trickle towards the goal line but managed to grab it before any of Inter’s players could knock it in.  Less than a minute later Milito had yet another failed chance as Zanetti sent a cross in that the ‘Prince’ could only head over the bar.

Then the disaster happened, just like in Palermo when it looked like Inter were in control the opposition scored.  The blame for the goal in my opinion lies with Lucio who for some unknown reason was playing too deep meaning that Altintop was onside just in front of the goal when the ball came to him, unfortunately for him he could only hit the bar but the rebound was put away by Celutska again played onside by Lucio.  Inter immediately went looking for an equalizer with Sneijder setting up Coutinho, who had come on as a substitute for Zarate, running down the center the young Brazilian fired a shot at goal without slowing down only to see it saved by a diving Tolga.  After 4 minutes of agonising added time the referee called time on another bitter defeat for the Nerazzurri.


 

Inter 1-0 Trabzonspor (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: 31′ st Celustka

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 42 Jonathan, 6 Lucio, 23 Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi (Alvarez 55); 28 Zarate (Coutinho 77), 7 Pazzini (Milito 55), 10 Sneijder.
Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 25 Samuel, 37 Faraoni, 44 Bianchetti.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Trabzonspor: 29 Tolga; 28 Celustka, 23 Giray, 6 Glowacki, 5 Cech; 20 Colman, 15 Zokora; 30 Serkan, 25 Alazinho (Sapara 64), 9 Halil Altintop (Akgun 88); 12 Paulo Henrique (Vittek 74).
Subs: 91 Sevim, 22 Mustafa, 32 Pawel Brozek, 63 Ferhat.
Coach: Senoul Gunes (suspended and replaced by his assistant Unal Karaman).

Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Swe); assistants Wittberg/Sjoblom; fourth man Lerjeus; additional assistants Stalhammar/Johan Hamlin.

Booked: Nagatomo 21, Zarate 41, Alanzinho 54, Halil Altintop 65, Cech 66.
Added time: 1+4 minutes.

With so many fans calling for Gasperini to be dismissed and the players looking like they don’t believe in him or his tactics Inter are far from being out of the crisis that started months ago with Leonardo’s departure.  Massimo Moratti though seems content with giving Gasperini more time to prove himself given that this was his first match using a 4 man defence but I also think it has a lot to do with the lack of realistic replacements if he did go too, one thing is certain though if we don’t get a win against struggling Roma on Saturday then Moratti should face the inevitable and carry on the search for a suitable coach that started way back in the summer of 2010.  And to all the Interisti keep your faith in this great team of ours as we’ve been through dark times before and returned to glory and we will again.

‘Nella gioia e nel dolore per l’Inter eterno amore’ – ‘In the joy and pain for Inter eternal love’

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Posted on September 15, 2011, in UEFA Champions League and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We keep going for inexperienced managers or ones that play a totally different system than ours.
    It’s not enough to have a great squad we also need the manager to guide it to success. Inter lacked options last night and after conceding we would get to the final 3rd and not know what to do.
    A quick comparison between mourinho and gasperini: when tied or losing mourinho used to play 2 or 3 inside the box (eto’o would drop his wing role & join milito inside the box) and even balotelli sometimes (later pandev) and he would rely on crosses inside the box from maicon on the right and deki or motta on the left until we get the foul or the goals we needed.

    That was mourinho’s way and it paid off, now gasperini on the other hand last night was doing everything right in my opinion & only the goal was missing & instead of pushing zarate to play next to pazzini inside the box he subbed both out and threw in 2 inexperienced young players & kept milito all alone in the box easily marked. He did come close to score twice but then he was totally contained by the defense plus naga & jonathan disappeared.

    I’m just an observer with almost 0 coaching experience and I can see that, how can some1 who has a career in football management that spends every day with the players in training knowing what they’re capable of not see/do that?

    We have wasted a pre season last year with benitez imposing his 433 even when he doesn’t have the players for it and it didn’t work, this season gasperini spent the preseason imposing his 343 and again we don’t have the players for it and it won’t work. I don’t want to sound annoying coz I’ve said this many times before: the obvious choice was and still is delio rossi: 4312, free, had very good results vs the big teams in Italy last season (with a lower quality squad in every position as compared to Inter). No he never won b4 but he plays the right system for us so if we had to gable it should have been rossi.

    I hate to say this but Allegri never won anything b4 last year also but he played the right system for milan so that option was the most logical 1 for them & it’s working.

    • All very valid points mate! Hopefully Moratti & co will see sense and bring in a coach that will return our great club to glory, but unfortunately even though we’re only 2 weeks into the season I think we will have to write this one off, all we need to do is qualify for next seasons Champions League and use this season to get everything in house straight again. If we manage anything better than this it would be great but we have to be realistic!

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