Monthly Archives: January 2012
The mood coming in to the week 20 match at the Stadio Via del Mare against Lecce was positive as third place Udinese had lost to league leaders Juventus meaning that if the Nerazzurri repeated their home result of 4-1 against struggling Lecce again we would move in to third place ahead of Udinese by goal difference, the reality was very different though with the fans positive mood not seeming to be shared by the squad.
After the mid-week defeat against Napoli in the Coppa Italia it was widely thought that the Lecce match was a great opportunity to bounce back with a win and carry on our great run of league results, but Lecce had other ideas.
After last weeks fantastic derby win and Thursday’s cup win over Genoa Inter’s confidence was high coming in to this weekend’s game against Lazio who sat just one point ahead of us in fourth place and it was this fact that made this match a must win affair. The Nerazzurri came through and secured the fourth place spot but it was a hard-fought battle with the Biancazzurri and it seemed to me that the pressure of moving up a place in the table and keeping the pressure on the front-runners was affecting the players more than they would have liked.
Inter’s passing, movement and general game play throughout the match was disjointed, sloppy and lacked any real confidence or commitment. Lazio aways looked the most likely to score and their veteran Tommaso Rocchi’s goal came as no real surprise to either side’s fans.
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What a weekend for us Interisti and what a game! This season’s first league Derby Della Madonnina was hugely hyped up around the world, more so than usual it seemed, and with both teams being in the best form of the season it was looking to be an epic game. Unfortunately to be honest it wasn’t quite the classic match I had expected and my predicted score of 2-3 to Inter was a fair few goals off the reality but what is important is the fact that Inter won and closed the gap on the top of the table by another 2 points. (Juventus of course gaining only one point this week from being held to a draw at home by Cagliari, *Childish chuckle* 😉 )
This fixture of course was the Rossoneri home fixture and they were looking to hold on to their record of not losing at home since 18th December 2010 when Roma defeated them, led by none other than our very own Claudio Ranieri, so it was quite fitting that this record was broken by the same man in his very first Milan Derby. Before the match both the Curva Sud and Curva Nord Ultras gave their usual stunning displays, shown above and below, and the scene was set for the greatest city derby in the world to begin for the 190th time since the 1929/30 season.
First of all I’d like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year, and what a start to the year Inter had last night! Before the winter break the Nerazzurri found their form in the last four games of 2011 ending with the fantastic 4-1 thrashing of Lecce in December and then came the winter break, two weeks without a match that for me seemed to last for a lot longer but my main concern was that the great form we found would be lost with the lack of matches and momentum.
I shouldn’t have worried though because as it turns out, Inter actually managed to improve further during this time and started 2012 with what was undoubtably their best performance of the season, the game had everything from goals galore, moments of great skill, even when Ranieri brought on his substitutes they were the right players and most importantly we kept a clean sheet. All in all it was the perfect game for Inter.