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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.
We’ve all heard it before, and even sometimes with a nice porterhouse steak in front of us it’s been realised in the literal sense. However, in football terms, this particular fan is starting to see the a moral to the story unfold for Inter.
Now, I’m probably writing an article right now that won’t sit well with a lot of Interisti, and well, who could blame them. You yourself are probably sitting there right now and can see where this is going… please don’t exit your browser, patience, let me explain everything first.
Before I move forward with this article, let’s take a look back to last season, undoubtedly one of Inter’s worst. We finished in 6th spot, only barely qualifying for any European competition and with only 17 wins and a massive 14 losses. Compare that to the prior season where we finished runners-up and with 23 wins and 8 losses. I also don’t need to remind anyone here of the treble form the season before.
With Inter on a nine match winning streak in all competitions, Things are finally looking rosy for the Nerazzuri. Stramaccioni recently changed the formation to a 3-4-3, with the Tridente up top proving to all critics that Inter has what it takes to make a serious challenge for the Scudetto. One question still remains, how will Wes fit into this rejuvenated team?
Sneijder has been out injured for a good few weeks now and has been eager to get back playing for The Black and Blue. There is no doubt at all in Sneijder’s ability, and is one of the best players in the world in his position, but with Strama fielding a team that doesn’t incorporate a player in his position it causes a bit of a problem. Will Strama change his formation to fit Wes back into the line-up? Or will he try to squeeze him into the philosophy he has now?
With Inter hot on the Bianconeri trail, both teams are going to be raring to go and giving it their all. Juve’s last game against Bologna was a bit of a shaky one, with only sealing the win in the dying embers of the game through Paul Pogba. This win stretched their record to 49 games unbeaten, But as we all know, the more you stretch something, the more likely it will break, and hopefully we can deliver this final blow.
I must admit I did not manage to see us play Sampdoria last night but I did get all the updates thanks to the team on Twitter and it sounded like a great game to watch. With Inter apparently dominating most of the game, but with a lapse in concentration from Samuel and Ranocchia allowed Munari to tap home from point blank. We cannot afford to make these mistakes against a team who is high on confidence and top of the league, so however Stramaccioni decides to set up his team on Saturday, everyone will have to give 110% to ensure we can get the result we all want.
As for predictions, well I really cannot guess which way this game is going to go, and it really will come down to which team is in the best frame of mind when they step out onto the pitch. The line-up meanwhile is another thing no one can guess, as Stramaccioni has shown us throughout this season, he can field a number of different formations. If I had to guess I would say he will go with a back three as this is when we play our best defensively, going with Ranocchia, Samuel and Juan Jesus. I personally would go for a four man midfield, starting from left I would choose Nagatomo, Cambiasso, Guarin and Zanetti and the Tridente up top. As for Sneijder, there are still doubts about his fitness and i doubt Stramaccioni will risk him playing from the start and could possibly see him make his comeback from the bench, hopefully once we have gained a comfortable lead, fingers crossed.
For a bit of pre-match reading why not check out Don Nerazzurri’s article on ESPN FC – Derby d’Italia – The infamous Inter – Juventus rivalry
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The fixtures and results from October
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.
Inter go into this game on that back of five straight league wins and confidence is sky-high at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Inter recently enjoyed an away win to Bologna which finished 1-3 to the visitors and Inter showed that they are serious about the Champions League spot this season. First of all I would like to point out the recent improvement in Esteban Cambiasso’s performances this season. On Sunday he turned in a magnificent showing with a goal and an assist to help Inter win this game. Cambiasso has always had quality but most of last season he was mediocre and seemed to lack the creative touch we all know he has, much the same story as the rest of the Inter team last season, but he really has stepped up his game this term and is easily one of Inter’s most important players this term, despite his advancing age.
The Guiseppe Meazza Stadium, Milan. Sunday the 7th of October. Internazionale are the visitors at their home ground to bitter city rivals AC Milan. The ultras from both the Curva Nord and Curva Sud have perfectly choreographed routines to cheer on their respective sides. They are loud, proud and extremely volatile towards supporters of the opposing club. For other fans packing the stadium, the air is electric. Despite not being a sellout, the pre-match atmosphere is lively and boisterous. Flags, banners and jerseys shout out to the entire world that each fan is there for and whom they wish to see decimated after the next 90 minutes. There are few places in the world right now that are as alive as this one.
Travel 13,650 kilometres to a small, quiet pocket of the world. Perth, Western Australia. It’s 2:45 in the morning and you can’t even hear the wind outside. It’s dead still, dead quiet. The promise of daybreak is still hours away, and yet, there is one house out in the suburbs of this city where the day has already begun, only due to the events happening on the other side of the world.
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?
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.
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.