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SerieA: Atalanta 3-2 Inter

Inter’s winning streak came to a halt in Bergamo, where Atalanta beat the Nerazzurri 3-2 in Week 12 of the 2012/13 Serie A.

There were no three points today but plenty of character shown by Andrea Stramaccioni’s side to battle back after going behind. Despite starting on the front foot, the Nerazzurri found themselves a goal down after 9 minutes of play as Bonaventura rose well to connect with Peluso’s inch-perfect cross. Denis had a great chance to make it two in the 36th minute but skied his effort from the edge of the six-yard box.

Fredy Guarin made no mistake with his 56th-minute free kick, blasting an absolute rocket past a helpless Consigli. Inter’s joy was short-lived though, because four minutes later Atalanta restored their lead as Denis slotted home Maxi Moralez’s low delivery. The Argentine midfielder caused more problems in the 67th minute when he ran into the box, seemingly from an offside position; Silvestre’s challenge made contact with the ball but the Atalanta man fell over and Mr Damato had no doubt it was a foul. Denis converted from the spot to take the score to 3-1. It wasn’t over there. As the game entered the last five minutes of normal time, Gargano picked out Palacio in the box and the Argentine finished clinically. 3-2 and all out attack for Inter in the final minutes, but it wasn’t to be. Atalanta were reduced to ten men in stoppage time when Parra saw red for a push on Guarin. (via inter.it)

Find out who I think is responsible for this defeat in my article on ESPN FC

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SerieA: Bologna 1-3 Inter

Inter made it seven wins in a row with a convincing 3-1 victory at Bologna’s Stadio Dall’Ara in Week 9 of the 2012/13 Serie A.

Cambiasso’s 27th-minute free kick found Ranocchia well placed to nod home at the far post, the defender becoming the ninth different Nerazzuri player on the score sheet this season. Milito celebrated his 100th league appearance for the club by scoring the second after the break: an easy finish wrapping up a lethal counter-attack that passed from Handanovic through Gargano and Palacio. Bologna halved the deficit when Cherubin headed in Diamanti’s corner but Inter quickly restored their two-goal cushion as Cambiasso dinked over Agliardi following a neatly worked move involving Milito and Palacio. (via inter.it)

Read my views on the game in my full article on ESPN FC

SerieA: Inter 2-0 Catania

Inter have beaten Catania 2-0 thanks to goals from Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 

The home side were solid in the first period and the excellent Cassano opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, Cambiasso curling in a beautiful cross which saw Fant’Antonio sneak in round the back to head home and claim his fifth league goal of the season. 

The Nerazzurri took the sting out of the contest after the break but, despite numerous chances, only secured the three points at the death. Palacio scored an absolute peach as he expertly controlled Milito’s cross before drilling a left-foot volley past Andujar. That sealed the win for Inter and they move onto 18 points in the league. (via inter.it)

Read my article on this match – Cassano Shines as Inter beats Catania on ESPN FC

Serie A, Inter 2-1 Fiorentina, Nerazzurri break the ‘curse’

Inter notched up their first victory at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in 2012/13 as they saw off the challenge of form side Fiorentina to claim a 2-1 win. Diego Milito set the Nerazzurri on their way from the spot on 17 minutes before Antonio Cassano kept a cool head to slot home a second shortly after the half-hour mark. Romulo reduced the deficit for the visitors as the interval approached, but there was still time for Milito to rattle the bar before the half-time whistle. Fernandez was given his marching orders in the 62nd minute after picking up his second yellow for a lunge on Nagatomo. (via inter.it)

Read what I thought of the game in my article on ESPN FC

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

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

Outlining the Tactical Importance of Ricky Alvarez

Ricardo Alvarez is one of the best playmakers in the world but unfortunately his talent is misunderstood. Let’s analyze the player tactically…

Ricky Alvarez is not your typical tequartista, yet he does not get either the attention or the opportunity he truly deserves. The first time I saw him play for Velez a couple of years ago (2010), I knew the kid was money and that sooner or later he’d become one of the most important players in football. Today, while most of Inter’s managers (Gasperini, Ranieri and Stramaccioni) have used him quite regularly in their systems, I still believe that we have not seen the full potential of this player, mostly because he has not been used at his optimal position.

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Derby Della Madoninna: A Bittersweet Victory As Inter Hammer Milan 4-2

All I can say is wow what a fantastic game!  The Derby Della Madoninna is always an exciting and tense game between two of world football’s superpowers in the city that is known around the world as the capital of football but this one carried importance on so many levels.  For Inter it was must win to stay in the chase for an European place, for Milan it was must win to take the title race with Juventus to the last day and for both clubs, as always, it was to determine who would have the bragging rights across the city of Milano and also the world.

The game didn’t disappoint either with six goals, three penalties, tension, passion and most importantly a derby double for the mighty Nerazzurri!  This game will go down in football history as one of,  if not THE greatest derby ever!

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SerieA: Parma 3-1 Inter, Terrible Defending Sinks UCL Hopes

The week 36 game against Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini not only marks Andrea Stramaccioni’s first loss in charge of Inter but also brings to an end any hope of the Nerazzurri qualifying for next seasons Champions League.  To be honest this was probably inevitable considering the form we’ve been in this season, we should just be thankful that we will be finishing in the top third of the table and hang on to the belief that we can claim a consolation of qualifying for the Europa League.

Despite this loss I still hold great faith in Stramaccioni’s ability to lead Inter and he should not be held responsible for this result, lets face it even Mourinho has lost matches he shouldn’t have in his time and so the responsibility for this loss sits firmly with the players and the defence in particular.  I’m getting bored with saying this now as us Interisti identified the defensive line as our weak point at the start of the season yet nearly a year later we are still relying on Lucio and Walter Samuel to thwart the oppositions attacks, as shown in the last few weeks if there’s only one of them on the pitch alongside Andrea Ranocchia then it works enough for us to get the result but more and more commonly when both our aging central defenders are playing together we leak goals like a bucket with a hole in it leaks water.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying Ranocchia is perfect but at the moment him or Cristian Chivu are adding a bit of much-needed security to our backline that Lucio and Samuel cannot offer anymore.

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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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