Monthly Archives: December 2011
With everything that has gone on lately the mixed results, transfer talk and all the talk of Inter having no money, it really got me thinking about how I see things at our great club and what I think needs to be done in order for us to move forward.
We need to accept that the days of spending 30 million on players such as Vieri are behind us, at least until our revenue is sorted out, which I will go into later.
There has been a lot of debating lately whether Moratti is the right man to take the club forward. I have to admit I have a comfortable seat sitting right here on the fence. I just don’t know what is best for the Nerazzurri, in an ideal world I want the club to stay within the Moratti family more than I want any foreign owners as I think they care little about the club and they will all eventually get bored and leave behind in massive debt. Though the idea of investment from Russia sounds great will it stabilise the club or cause friction, do we really believe the Moratti family are going to listen or care about what the investors want for the club and for me that’s a dangerous road to take. I don’t see the Moratti family as a sharing bunch really.
The thing with Moratti is he has made mistakes and big ones at that, but he has also taken us to our highest point since the ‘La Grande Inter’ of the 60’s, and let’s not forget that was recently.
For the third time in a row Ranieri’s Inter were victorious continuing the fantastic come back that has seen the Nerazzurri rise from sixteenth place to now sit in fifth with 23 points after winning five of our last six matches, ok so by the end of the evening we could be in sixth, if Napoli beat Roma tonight. But even if that’s the case the recent revival of Inter proves we’re still a force to be reckoned with and even if it’s a long shot we are still in the running for the Scudetto and more realistically Champions league qualification.
The home side lined up with a formation of 4-4-1-1 that consisted of Francesco Antonioli in goal, a back line of Gianluca Comotto, Steve Von Bergen, Guillermo Rodriguez and Maurice Lauro. Their four man midfield saw Luke Ceccarelli, Marco Parolo, Roberto Guana and Antonio Candreva take to the field, and the spearhead of the home team came in the form of Eder who was playing in front of their second striker Adrian Mutu.
Claudio Ranieri’s Inter again started with his favoured 4-4-2, which I seriously dislike but at least it’s getting results, Ahead of Julio Cesar in goal we had Lucio and Andrea Ranocchia replacing Walter Samuel who was being rested on the bench, the central defence was flanked by Maicon on the right and Yuto Nagatomo on the left. Disappointingly Andrea Poli was missing from the midfield lineup but Phillipe Coutinho and Javier Zanetti took up positions on the wings with Thiago Motta and Esteban Cambiasso working as the engine of the team in the center. And once again Ranieri saw fit to pair up Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito up front much to everyones surprise considering that we had a fit Diego Forlan on the bench, though using this combination did mean that Milito reached 100 Serie A games in his career.
Inter came out on to the pitch at the Guiseppe Meazza on a cold December Saturday night that marked his 90th Birthday and the tenth Anniversary of the death of Inter legend Peppino Prisco and the Curva Nord paid tribute through their banners to the great man who in my opinion was one of the most devoted Interisti to ever live. The squad themselves also paid a fitting tribute by securing the three points with a confident display and two great goals.
This match also marked the first ever Serie A match that our captain has missed in his career due to a red card in the previous match against Udinese, but our defence was bolstered by the return of both Maicon and Lucio. Ranieri decided to line up with a tradition 4-4-2 that consisted of Julio Cesar in goal after being rested midweek against CSKA Moscow, Maicon and Yuto Nagatomo took the wide defensive positions with our two powerful centerbacks Lucio and Walter Samuel in front of the keeper. Marco Faraoni again was chosen to hold the right-wing while Coutinho sat on the left of the defensive midfield duo of Thiago Motta and Esteban Cambiasso who was the stand in captain for the match.
Up front Ranieri had yet again decided to play both Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito side by side even though previous games have shown beyond doubt that they are too similar in styles to work well together. Unsurprisingly throughout the first half this was again evident as both players continued to make the same sort of runs.
A few years ago the thought of Inter being in crisis with their league position being just above the regulation zone was laughable but that is the situation we find ourselves in today. There’s been a lot of talk since Rafa Benitez replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm of Inter that we are suffering some sort of hangover from losing Mourinho, who was the greatest coach we’ve had since the days of the last ‘La Grande Inter’ when Helenio Herrera was in charge, and of course this is a subject that has been discussed over and over recently so I’m not even going to go into that. Instead I’m going to discuss my thoughts on why we find ourselves where we are today and what is, in my humble opinion, the right direction for FC Internazionale to be taking from now on.
So how have we fallen so far?
I honestly think this has been coming since the dark days of the mid 90’s and where there is no single cause that is to blame the one consistent factor throughout it all is our president Massimo Moratti and the buck must stop with him. When he took over as president of Inter in 1995 he made no secret of the fact that he wanted to return ‘La Beneamata’ to the glory days of his father in the 60’s and as much as I thank him for everything he’s done since to achieve that goal it is also that obsession that has brought us to the point where we find ourselves in the situation we are in.
I had high expectations about the week 14 match against Udinese this weekend, from experience of watching Inter throughout the years I know as well as anyone that Udinese always make life difficult for us and this clash was going to be no different with the Zebrette up in the title fight while the Nerazzurri as we all know are pushing hard to get themselves involved up top of the table but are suffering from a lack of confidence that has effected our entire league season so far.
In my opinion before the match Claudio Ranieri should have been giving his players a bit of a confidence boost to ensure we went into the match with the right desire to win but instead during his pre match press conference he was full of praise for Udinese instead which was exactly not what the Inter players needed to hear, and I believe that instead of boosting their confidence this will have had more of a damaging effect on the team morale.
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