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.
After a terrible campaign last season that not only saw Inter finish the season trophyless, but also saw the team finish in sixth position, it’s lowest league position in many years, the Inter management towards the end of last season showed signs of wanting to start a long-term project with the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni, a young and talented coach who had recently won the Next Gen series and had also done some good work with the Inter Primavera. Stramaccioni was also the guy who guided the team to a sixth place finish in the league which qualified them for next season’s Europa League.
Now to the real reason for this writeup, Inter and the transfer market. Since the appointment of Stramaccioni, Inter’s targets in the transfer market have been somewhat defined clearly and the coach has been carried along by the management during transfer operations. For those that have been following Strama from the Primavera, it is clear that he favours the 4-2-3-1 formation mostly but switches to the 4-3-3 and 4-3-2-1 as the need may be, he likes his teams to attack and also keep possession of the ball and it is clear that it is with this formation in mind that the transfer market men would base their targets on.
Another important factor that should also be considered is finances. The team is low on finances especially for transfers and it is no secret that our president, Massimo Moratti has stated that the team needs to sell before purchases can be made. This means that players with high market values and the high earners in the team are going to make way for cheaper options. So many names ranging from Handanovic to Leandro Damiao have been mentioned by the media as possible targets for the club but I am not going to dwell on that, in this piece I’ll focus on the players that I believe are suitable for the team on the field and off the field (financially).
Albano Guaraldi, Bologna president, has made it clear that Gaby Mudingayi could soon be an Inter player as the Nerazzurri have been wanting him for some time. According to Sport Mediaset, both clubs will find an agreement without problems.
Meanwhile the Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Mudingayi could be with the team as early as mid July in Pinzolo for training camp.
“Inter already have the Belgian midfielder in their hands and could have the player already in Pinzolo. The problem? As revealed by the Bologna president Albano Guardaldi: ‘We will only talk after the sentences of the betting scandal.’ So is everything suspended? Yes, it won’t be a big deal.”
Genoa President: “Destro Either To Siena Or Genoa”
“My position is quite clear. Destro will not play with another shirt other than that of Siena.” That was Genoa president Enrico Preziosi to Tutto Mercato Web after the Bianconeri decided to exercise their option of getting half of Destro.
Siena sporting director Antonelli said that it is a utopia for his club to keep the player…
“I do not have to answer to Antonelli. I will reiterate that the player for me can only wear the shirt of Siena or Genoa. There are no other possibilities.”
What if presented to Siena is an interesting offer from other clubs?
“Siena will not sale. To me, the player can only wear those two shirts.”
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Here we are at the end of a season that most of us would like to forget! A season that saw Inter employ three coaches and finish in a lowly sixth place just scraping a place in the preliminaries of next season’s Europa League. To rub salt in the wound of a bad season for us we also had to watch our arch rivals Juventus win their 28th Scudetto in an unbeaten league run 😦
When the season’s fixture list was revealed back in July 2011 I published my predictions for the upcoming season and all in all I was expecting a usual season from Inter with a total of 24 wins, 10 draws and four loses which would’ve resulted in the Nerazzurri accumulating a total of 81 points, unfortunately this was a long way off the reality of what really happened. The real stats for Inter’s 2011/12 season make for grim reading with just 17 wins, 7 draws and 14 loses meaning my prediction of 81 points was a massive 23 points more than the 58 we did receive. The most depressing thing about these stats are the fact that my predictions were based on us having another average season but I’m still convinced that if we had achieved this level of performance we would’ve without doubt won the Scudetto.
But instead we have to be thankful that the worst season for Inter since 1948 didn’t end a lot worse than it did for us, considering that at one point at the beginning of December there was talk of the mighty Inter being involved in a relegation battle by the end of the season we should be proud of the team for managing to finish in an European spot.
Viviano for Silvestre? The agent meets Palermo
More updates about the future of Emiliano Viviano. As reported by Sky Sport 24 , Luca Cattani and Giorgio Perinetti, directors of Palermo, have had a meeting with the agent of the goalkeeper, Claudio Vigorelli, to discuss a possible stay in Rosanero. According to rumors today, Viviano could fall in the negotiation that would lead defender Matias Silvestre to Inter. The offer of the Nerazzurri would be about 4 million plus the entire card of the goalkeeper.
Paulinho For Inter, The Time And Cost
From the pages of Gazzetta dello Sport, there is new details about Paulinho . The pink newspaper focuses Brazilian as the name for midfield of Inter. ”The idea is more relevant Paulinho, the physical midfielder. He costs around 7 or 8 million euros and there could be more news regarding this operation June or July,” read the paper.
Inter-Palacio: and one… Waiting for Lavezzi
Agreement for the Genoa Argentinian: 10 million cash to Preziosi.
This deal does not rule out il Pocho: contact with Napoli in a few days.
Milan – The light was lit last Thursday and now it is shining brightly: Rodrigo Palacio now is truly one step away from wearing the shirt of Inter after a chase which lasted for one year. Meetings have been going on in the past few days between Inter technical director Marco Branca, sporting director Piero Ausilio and the two agents Gabriele Giuffrida and Roberto Da Petri. And now there is white smoke. Genoa will have 10 million in cash and Rodrigo Palacio is going to sign a three-year (or two-year contract with option for a third) contract which is going to be signed at the end of this week.
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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!
For the past few months there has been a lot of talk about having to rebuild and rejuvenate the Inter squad and as I’ve said in previous articles this will only solve part of issues that are affecting the Nerazzurri so badly this season. One of the major changes that needs making is that Massimo Moratti needs to look very closely at the people he has running the different aspects of the club and get rid of those that aren’t helping to move the club forward, replacing them with the right team of people who can turn the club into a proper international business and increase revenues in a way that clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona have been doing for years.
One position that desperately needs changing in the opinion of nearly all Interisti is that of technical director Marco Branca, who after years of mediocre or disastrous transfer dealings must be shown the door before the summer so we can move the club forward with someone more suited to Inter’s new project like fan favourite Lele Oriali or even, as rumoured by both French and Italian press, a return for ex coach Leonardo but this time in Branca’s position.
In this article though I’m just going to look at the rebuilding and rejuvenation of the squad and my vision of what Inter should do this summer to not only produce a competitive team again next season but also save the club some money so in the future we are ready for UEFA’s FFP rules, and also help moving towards owning our own stadium and eventually even be in a position to once again purchase the world’s superstar players.
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.
Just a week ago Stramaccioni was celebrating the Inter Primavera NexGen Series final win and now this week he’s in charge of the first team that has struggled for the last couple of months under the direction of Claudio Ranieri. Since the announcement by Massimo Moratti on Monday evening that the 36-year-old youth team coach was taking over as caretaker coach a new optimism has engulfed everyone associated with Inter.
With his humble but charismatic character he seems to have won over the changing room and with his background in charge of the Primavera squad there is a great expectation of him being the ideal person to phase out the older players in the squad and replace them with a selection of the most promising talents from both the first team and youth squads.