Monthly Archives: September 2012

SerieA: Chievo 0-2 Inter, 3 man defence brings 3 points

Andrea Stramaccioni’s side made it five wins out of five on the road this season with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi.

The coach had expected Chievo to provide a stern test and the hosts certainly got off on the right foot, Pellissier and Di Michele causing problems for Inter early on. Guarin responded for the visitors by fizzing an effort across the face of the goal before Pereira struck two minutes before the interval: Nagatomo’s cross left him with the simple task of tucking home from just yards out. An important goal for the Nerazzurri and the Uruguayan’s first for the club. Inter came out after the break with the bit between their teeth as Milito and Cassano linked up to good effect in the final third, while Marco Rigoni and Co. drew a couple of big saves from Handanovic. Cassano, set up by Gargano, made things more comfortable for Inter with a cool finish: his third in black and blue on his 300th Serie A appearance. (via inter.it)

Read my views on how Stramaccioni’s first attempt at a three man defence went on ESPN FC

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SerieA: Inter 0-2 Siena, The ‘San Siro Curse’ Continues

Siena have come away from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza with three points: Serse Cosmi’s men have beaten the Nerazzurri 2-0, who once again – for the fifth time – fail to win at home.

It was goalless at the interval, in spite of missed chances from Sneijder and with Cassano at the top of his game. Siena took the lead on 73 minutes as Vergassola finished a fine counter attack. Inter tried everything to respond, pouring forward at every opportunity but they were denied by a number of good saves from Pegolo.

The Nerazzurri were punished at the death as substitute Valiani headed in a second in stoppage time.

Find out why I was still happy with this performance despite the disappointing result in my article on ESPN FC

Last minute Nagatomo goal prevents defeat in Europa League

In the first game of the Europa League group stage, Inter hosted Russian side Rubin Kazan but were unable to stamp their authority on home turf with the game ending 2-2.
Rubin were the stronger side throughout the game and took the lead in the 16th minute when Jonathan made a silly mistake in the box. Handanovic managed to make a great save of the spot kick but unfortunately couldn’t hold on to the ball leaving the on rushing Rubin attackers to put into the roof of the net.
Livaja managed to even up the score just before half time when Cassano sent a lovely ball in to the box for Cambiasso who then took the ball past the keeper before dropping it nicely for Livaja to head in to the open net.
In the 2nd half Rubin beat the offside trap by exploiting Inter’s high defensive line and once again went ahead as Walter Samuel couldn’t catch Rondon and the Rubin attacker put the ball past Handanovic.
After Rubin’s 2nd goal Inter pretty much fell apart and only just managed to scrape a point from the game when Nagatomo put away Milito’s through ball two minutes in to stoppage time.

Read my Article on ESPN FC to find out my thoughts on what went wrong for Inter!

SerieA: Torino 0-2 Inter, Milito & Cassano Bring Home Another 3 Points

Under the fiery gaze of a huge angry looking bull, created by the Torino Ultras, and a packed Stadio Olympico stadium the Inter squad lined up. The atmosphere was electrifying, but if the fans’ efforts were meant to unnerve the travelling Nerazzurri I think it’s fair to say it failed miserably.

Inter went on to win 0-2 with two fantastic goals from Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano.

Read the full article on ESPN FC

Javier Zanetti – The Ageless Legend

Legendary captain Giuseppe Bergomi led his team on to the Giuseppe Meazza pitch to face Vicenza with three footballing legends making debuts for the Nerazzurri.  Though at that time only one was considered a legend: Paul Ince, the midfielder who had already made his name with Manchester United and England.  The other two were Roberto Carlos, a young promising left wingback from Brazil who scored the winning goal on his debut with a stunning 30 yard free-kick — he eventually went on to become probably the greatest wingback in history with Real Madrid.  Then there was also an unknown 22-year-old Argentinean right back, Javier Adelmar Zanetti, who was Moratti’s first signing for his beloved club much to the confusion of Interisti………………

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Zeman Gives Stramaccioni’s Inter a Masterclass in Attacking Football

One of the most anticipated games of the 2012/13 season came in just the second game week with two of the most attack minded teams in Italy going head to head. It really was a battle of the tacticians with new boy Andrea Stramaccioni taking on the coach who at 65 years old is nearly twice his age, Zdeněk Zeman.
The game ended Inter 1-3 Roma and if you didn’t see the game you would think from that score line that the Roman side ran rings around Inter in front of their home crowd. This however wasn’t strictly true, if you take a look at the match stats (provided by whoscored.com) you can see that Inter was actually the more dominant of the two sides in terms of possession and shots on goal. Over the ninety minutes Inter held on to the ball for 53% of the match and managed a respectable 21 shots on goal, of which only six were on target though, finishing is obviously an area that needs work for Inter. Where Inter really lost out in this match was in aerial balls but when you consider how short the majority of the Nerazzurri players are that isn’t really any great surprise.
So how did Roma manage such a convincing win against Inter?

Read the full article on ESPN FC

Year Zero

Pre Season is over we have qualified for the Europa League and have 3 points in the bag after a convincing win over Pescara.  The Serie A season has arrived and the mercato is finally closed.  It’s time for optimism and controversy to guide us through the season.

Back in December I wrote an article called Sitting on the Fence.  I talked about the issues with the clubs dealings in the mercato, managerial appointments, the intention of Moratti and where he was planning to take our great club.  I said I was going to remain sitting on the fence until the 31st August 2012.  The article was written at a time when people where perhaps being a little short-sighted. After a couple of bad seasons people were calling for Moratti’s head.  If you have been an Inter fan long enough you know the last couple years are nothing on what it use to be like.

So the 31st of August has passed.  It’s time to remove myself from my comfortable place on the fence and make a decision.  It’s an easy one, I’m siding with Moratti and his plans. In the December article I was talking about the need for a plan, for the structure of the club from top to bottom and to take some steps for future income. For the first time since Mourinho’s time at Inter, I see clear ideas, I see the direction of were our great club wants to be. I like to think Moratti has learnt from his mistakes made over the years and this summer may be another step in showing this. Moratti has taken this club to the highest point since the 60’s, we may have fallen rapidly since 2010 but now Moratti is building not just a team but a club capable of repeating that great achievement in the years to come and staying there.

So Year Zero has arrived.

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Inter Dig Deep To Qualify for Europa League Group Stage

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The final aggregate score of Inter 4-2 Vaslui fails to really show how hard the Nerazzurri made this win look, but if you look at the second leg stats alone it becomes more clear, down to ten men after just 33 minutes and only just managing a draw in front of their home crowd, this was by no means the easy game that most people had anticipated.

The game started with Andrea Stramaccioni taking for granted that the two goals Inter brought into this match would be easy to defend and qualification for the group stage seemed a certainty, so he decided to rest several key players including Diego Milito and Wesley Sneijder ready for the Serie A clash against Roma on Sunday.

Read the full article on ESPN FC

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