SerieA: Juventus 2-0 Inter, The Nerazzurri lose another Derby d’Italia
Inter’s week 29 2011/12 Serie A match away for the first time at the new Juventus stadium didn’t end as I was hoping it would. Even though I knew our chances in this match were slim at best, considering the difference in form this season between the Bianconeri and the Nerazzurri, I still held on to that faint glimmer of hope that Inter could be the first team this season to hand our old enemy a defeat.
Of course that was asking too much of Claudio Ranieri and our aged team and even though we didn’t manage to beat them we did put up a good fight and make them work hard for their win.
Ranieri opted for his 4-4-2 formation for the game with just two changes from the squad that flopped against Atalanta last week, bringing in Dejan Stankovic in place of Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Forlan partnering Diego Milito instead of Giampaolo Pazzini. New boy Fredy Guarin made another step towards his debut and was picked to sit on the bench as one of the back up brigade.
In true Juventus style the players took to the pitch in front of a black and white display in the stands that as usual saw the Juventini moaning about the past, their imaginary Scudetti and Calciopoli. Come on isn’t it about time you stopped dwelling on past events and focused more on the future, the whole thing is just boring now! You did wrong, you got caught and you were found guilty so stop going on about having 29 Scudetti when you know you haven’t! Anyway that’s all I’m going to say on that subject as their bitterness just bores me.
Before the kickoff a minute silence was observed for Michele Silvestri, the Italian sergeant who lost his life in Afghanistan this week. And so the first ever Derby d’Italia in the new Juventus stadium got under way with Inter looking determined for the battle ahead.
The first half turned out to be a fast paced thriller with chances at both ends as the game was controlled in turns by each team, I was impressed the obvious will to win by the Nerazzurri with some great chances on goal being created. Milito pushed hard to get Inter in front with several attempts including a great solid right footed shot in the 14th minute.
The Inter team in general created, defended and took their shots well, Joel Obi started a little shakily which included colliding with Yuto Nagatomo while defending a Juventus counter attack, but despite this he grew in the first half and played well for most of the game even having in my opinion the best shot of the game for Inter when he drove a dipping long range shot at Gigi Buffon’s goal only to be denied by some excellent goalkeeping.
Just after the 35th minute there was controversy as Chiellini impeded Milito as he broke through on goal just outside the box but the referee De Marco saw nothing wrong with the challenge (wrongly in my opinion) and waved play on.
The second half didn’t see any changes until the 53rd minute when Antonio Conte brought on fresh legs with a double substitution and less than five minutes later the home side took the lead. When Ranieri eventually made a change by bringing on Davide Marco Faraoni and Pazzini he didn’t remove Stankovic or Forlan who both played below par all game, he instead took off Andrea Poli and Obi, both of whom were providing energy and pace to the Inter squad.
After the first goal Inter looked to have the wind knocked out of them and with Alessandro Del Piero’s goal on the 71st minute the Inter players seemed to accept the inevitable and the game was over for us. The Nerazzurri did show great spirit and effort in the match but once again the problems in our team shone through. Inter have now this season lost as many games as we’ve won and we sit well off the pace in 8th place with a disgraceful 41 points which is a huge 22 points behind AC Milan in 1st place.
I really thought we’d be capable of securing a point in Turin but Ranieri seems incapable of making the right choices for Inter and his insistence on still playing our older players is, in my opinion, costing us valuable points! For example why on earth is he starting Stankovic who hasn’t added anything to the team this season apart from long range potshots instead of Cambiasso or even Faraoni. I would have like to have seen at least ten minutes of Fredy Guarin on the pitch too, I realise he wasn’t fit enough to start but just a bit of match time for him would help his progress. I was also disappointed to see that once again Juan Jesus didn’t even make the squad, I don’t know whether this is down to him not performing up to standard in training or the fact that Ranieri refuses to use the newer or younger players.
It has been said time and time again this season that our starting lineup is too old and tired but nothing seems to change, it’s even more infuriating when you consider that our Primavera squad have just been crowned youth champions of Europe, in the game yesterday against Ajax they showed a real passion, drive and desire to win that is far from evident in the first team.
So what should we do now? Even a third place finish is looking almost impossible and we don’t really have anything to lose now, I think it’s time for Massimo Moratti to remove Ranieri from his role and even if he doesn’t replace him until the summer, we should start laying the foundations for next season’s project from now on by putting more faith in our younger players and removing the older tired players. Maybe even promote Andrea Stramaccioni to caretaker coach for the rest of the season, he knows how to get the best out of our youth and he’s proved with the NexGen series that he can get results with them, imagine what he could do with the likes of Juan Jesus, Guarin, Alvarez and Castaignos in the mix too. It doesn’t matter any more this season if they don’t perform to their absolute best but it will give them valuable experience ready for starting again next season.
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Posted on March 26, 2012, in Serie A and tagged Cesar, Derby d'Italia, Faraoni, Forlan, Inter, Juventus, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Nagatomo, Nerazzurri, Obi, Pazzini, Poli, Samuel, SerieA, Stankovic, Zanetti. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.