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Rodrigo Palacio: A surprise package

 
In the summer after over 12 months of rumours Palacio arrived at Inter for around 12 million euros, odd pony tail and all. After netting 19 goals for Genoa in 33 appearances which was his best season since his time at Boca in Argentina he made the move further North to Milano.

This move was met with much criticism by most Inter fans saying that’s he’s not good enough and some were only bothered by the price tag. Me, I doubted the price tag. It’s a lot of money for a player I saw as a squad player when we are short on cash trying to re build. As I said many times in the summer, we have got some good youngsters, decent experienced players but not a lot in between. That issue was addressed quite well by Branca in the summer, with signings like Garagno, Mudingayi, Pereira and Palacio.  I just thought the money spent on Palacio, a player in his 30’s was perhaps a little too much.  Palacio goal return is not bad at all prior to his arrival.  At a club that is often struggling he often carried them.  At Genoa he always seemed a handful for opposition.  Always seemed to find space and time on the ball, happy to sacrifice himself on occasions and drop deeper and work for the team and go out wide and work the flanks. Palacio just seemed to always be apart of the goals at Genoa, scoring, assists or just a key pass or move that changed the game.

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Talking Tactics

 
Tactics is a subject that fascinates me.  A subject I am constantly trying to improve my knowledge and understanding off.  I’m always interested in how teams set up and why.  One formation I have never been keen on is any that starts with 3 at the back.  Maybe it was down to lack of understanding, maybe a little ignorance on my part but for me it’s always been simple, 4 at the back at all times.
Over the last 12 months or so anyone who follows Serie A may have noticed that a lot of teams have adopted the three at the back approach, and its slowly being growing on me. At the beginning of the season it was obvious things were not clicking for Inter and all the talk of what formation to adopt was a common subject. When saw Inter line up with three at the back all I could think of was Palermo away, Novara away under Gasperini, I was a worried man.
Several games down the line I find myself trying to use three at the back on football manager, which is obviously a clear mark of approval.
To be fair to Strama he came out and said we can’t find the right balance playing with four at the back an a change was needed for the team to progress. Huge respect for the guy to come and say such a thing.

Inter Monthly Review


6 games played and 6 wins. A month of good results, improving performances and a lot of praise for Stramma

The fixtures and results from October

October 4th- Neftci 1 – 3 Inter

Goals from Coutinho, Obi and Livja gave Inter a more than comfortable victory in Azerbaijan . A completion I find hard to get excited for but it’s good to see other players get a chance to play. I miss the Champions League and hope it returns soon. Inter’s 500th and 501st goals in Europe came in the first game Inter played in Azerbaijan.

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Internazionale Monthly Review – September

The season is up and running the transfer market has been shut for a month and it’s all down to serious business. Games are coming thick and fast, isn’t it fantastic to have Serie A back?

Games

Inter 1-3 Roma

A neutral would have loved this game and quite clearly I’m not a neutral but as football goes it was entertaining but not the way I wanted it to be.  A lot of people had a lot of bad things to say via Twitter about our performance. My take is simple I thought we were positive in the first half and exactly as Strama said we lost our way in the second, psychologically I think we feared them in the 2nd half.  There were positives for sure Ranocchia looked good as well as Pereira and Gargano. In the first half we were fluid an kept possession but we failed to create decent chances. People must not forget not many teams will attack us in our own back yard the way Roma did. If you don’t keep hold of the ball that’s what Roma will do to you. The goals, well a lack of tracking back left the debutant Florenzi for Roma to hear home from a Totti cross. A quality through ball from Wes and neat control and turn from Cassano left him clear to shoot, doing so a deflection of Burdisso lobbed the keeper and went in off the post. Roma second a through ball of the highest quality in between our centre backs left Osvaldo a simple lob into the net. Roma made it three from a tight angle.

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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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Internazionale: April review

1st April: Inter 5-4 Genoa

Stramaccioni first game in charge and an entertaining one!  What a beautiful first goal, after weeks of witnessing poor build up play and then Cambiasso to Zarate knocks wide to Forlan with a lovely weight cross with a Milito finish.  On 27 minutes Milito had a one on one and slots the ball home.  Then after play broke up from a set play Lucio knocks into box for Samuel to slide in and finish.

An unfortunate deflection gets Genoa a goal back just before the half time whistle.  1st penalty of the day I thought was harsh on Zanetti, could our great leader get his arm out of way and did he deny a goal opportunity?  3-2.  Zarate took a run at the Genoa defence cut in from left and curls into far post to complete a wonderful finish.
Cesar took out Palacio resulting in a penalty which was converted to make it 4-3
Guarin earned a penalty which Milito converted before Lucio and Sculli challenge for high ball, Sculli foot was higher and contact is made and somehow the ref decides it’s a penalty 5-4

A big improvement. The play was more fluid, more conviction in the passing I thought we looked good.  With more time it will get better and hopefully we can start to defend as a team.

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Internazionale: March/ Marzo Review

Another month of disappointment, out of the Champions League, poor performances and after every game wondering how this is going to get better. In the last few days of the month though Massimo Moratti took action and now seems to have begun the rebuilding process, finally there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The results from March/ Marzo

4th March- Inter 2-2 Catania

We scored, Cambiasso cried and we still didn’t win. Awful defending from Nagatomo leading to Gomez of Catania scoring. How Nagatomo could not see what was going to happen, there was only one way Gomez was going to go and the only person who failed to realise was the guy nearest to him. Catania’s second was offside, and clearly so.

When Poli and Obi came on that really added something to the team. They are two players I would like to see either side of Cambiasso a lot more. Do not forget Obi is a centre midfielder not a left midfielder, though he may not have a lot of flair I do believe he can can add something positive to our play. Our first goal came from Forlan making a run inside the area from the wing and tucking away. The second was a lovely finish from Milito rifled into back of the net from just inside the area.

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Why I think Andre Villas-Boas is the man to lead the Inter revolution

This summer is going to be the beginning of a new project for Inter, the start of bringing the La Grande Inter days back to Milan. One of the first moves this summer will be a managerial appointment.

Amongst the list of names being considered is Andre Villas-Boas.

Who is Andre?

Andre was born in Portugal and is 35 this year. I remember reading about Andre when people started to take notice of his Porto. One great story I read, when Andre was a young teenager living in Porto, he lived in the same building as Sir Bobby Robson. Andre being a big Porto fan decided to send a letter to Sir Bobby questioning his decision making on some of the team selection. When Sir Bobby asked for something to back up those words Andre provided great detail as to why certain players should play more than others. Andre at the age of 14 provided statistics and analysed the performance of the Porto players. To put this in to context this was the early 90’s, stats and analytical programmes and websites were largely non existent.

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Internazionale February Review

How it can all change in a month.
How can you evaluate the month just gone. At times we lacked a little luck, at times we lacked confidence lacked quality but to be honest it was quite a pathetic effort by some. If your leaving or want to leave then that’s fine but give your all until that time comes. And I mention Wes purely because I expect a lot more from him one because of his quality and two because how much he’s paid. His body language tells a story and one game in February he had 13 shots on goal, read into that an I truly feel he lost the desire and is playing for himself. A lot of players are not performing and by no means is Wes to blame but he’s paid a lot for a reason, I just haven’t seen that reason for a while.

The results from February

29th February: Inter 4-4 Palermo

As the typical statement goes a great advertisement for exciting Calcio and a great game for a neutral, shame I wasn’t a neutral. Once again Milito was outstanding how you score 4 at home and still don’t win I’m not quite sure. Why and how did we throw this result away, poor goalkeeping an defensive balance, Miccoli an Palermo seemed to walk right through our defence an knock the ball into the far post. I rate Caesar but his positioning and ability to defend his goal from shots go across is awful.

Read the Don’s analysis of Inter v Palermo HERE

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Internazionale: January review

INTERNAZIONALE MONTHLY REVIEW: Gennaro/January

 

This is the first of what I hope is a regular monthly review of everything that has happened in the month just passed. Month by month I will look at all things Nerazzurri, the players, the goals, news and all things good, bad and little of the ugly from Inter this month.

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