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


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Posted on September 3, 2012, in Serie A and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. great review on espn don, if you notice teams all over uefa are becoming shorter and shorter. Oddly I think tall defensive teams will go far in UEFA now, because if you have a tall side and they are defensively aware and class, an aerial counter will become more possible with so many teams playing short players.

    • Thanks mate! That’s very true, but of course with balls on the ground these shorter attackers like Sneijder and Messi are generally more nimble and can run rings around the taller players so it has it’s own advantage! Unfortunately it also means the tall targetman striker is a dying breed.

      • it does have its own advantages but when you look at tall players like yaya toure I think he shows that tall players have to change how they defend smaller guys, less body and more technique.

        yeah, it seems so, Drogba was the gasp, in AFC it is definitely so. But in CONMEBOL, and in the CAF I dont think so. So, that may be a key factor in international play. I saw Fabiano against Corinthians and i think the target striker is still beloved outside uefa, and in the CAF, nearly all tall forwards can play as point men. I think drogba’s influence on forwards from the CAF is huge.

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