The start of the Serie A season is fast approaching and over the summer there has been quite a few changes to not only Inter’s squad but also to most of, if not all the top teams in Italy. We still have over a month left of the mercato to go too so there may be many changes still to come. I am really excited for the start of this season’s campaign with Inter having many fresh faces ready to do battle in our sacred colours of Black and Blue, and also with the young and talented Andrea Stramaccioni officially at the helm we can be sure of some entertaining and exciting football for the Nerazzurri in the coming months.
In the pre-season so far there have been quite a few Inter players that are making a good impression and I hope to see them stamping their authority over the Italian league throughout the season, some of the names that have been impressing the most are:
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.
Inter came out on to the pitch at the Guiseppe Meazza on a cold December Saturday night that marked his 90th Birthday and the tenth Anniversary of the death of Inter legend Peppino Prisco and the Curva Nord paid tribute through their banners to the great man who in my opinion was one of the most devoted Interisti to ever live. The squad themselves also paid a fitting tribute by securing the three points with a confident display and two great goals.
This match also marked the first ever Serie A match that our captain has missed in his career due to a red card in the previous match against Udinese, but our defence was bolstered by the return of both Maicon and Lucio. Ranieri decided to line up with a tradition 4-4-2 that consisted of Julio Cesar in goal after being rested midweek against CSKA Moscow, Maicon and Yuto Nagatomo took the wide defensive positions with our two powerful centerbacks Lucio and Walter Samuel in front of the keeper. Marco Faraoni again was chosen to hold the right-wing while Coutinho sat on the left of the defensive midfield duo of Thiago Motta and Esteban Cambiasso who was the stand in captain for the match.
Up front Ranieri had yet again decided to play both Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito side by side even though previous games have shown beyond doubt that they are too similar in styles to work well together. Unsurprisingly throughout the first half this was again evident as both players continued to make the same sort of runs.
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