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.
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
Inter emerged victorious from a throbbing, packed Juventus Stadium. 3-1 the final score with two from Milito and one from Palacio, after the Bianconeri had taken an early lead with a goal that should have been disallowed for offside and Lichtsteiner was inexplicably spared a second yellow.
The first half was just 18 seconds old when Vidal put the Old Lady in front. However, the Chilean was set up by Asamoah, who received the ball in an offside position that went unnoticed by the match officials. After Cambiasso had twice taken aim without success, Palacio thought he had headed Inter level in the 12th minute, only for the linesman’s offside flag to deny him. Cassano then curled an effort inches wide as the Nerazzurri probed for an equaliser. Meanwhile Handanovic was doing his job well down the other end and the teams went in at the break with the score at 1-0.
Inter came out from the dressing rooms with renewed vigour as they set out on the hunt for the goal they deserved. It came just before the hour mark: Marchisio held Milito back inside the box, the Prince dusted himself off and buried the spot kick past Buffon. The comeback was complete after 75 minutes when newly entered substitute Guarin drew a save out of the Bianconeri No.1 with a stinging drive and Milito was on hand to tuck home the rebound. The third came on the counter with Nagatomo doing superbly to maintain possession under pressure before threading through for Palacio to finish.
The Nerazzurri remain in second but move up to 27 points, one less than the Bianconeri, whose 49-game unbeaten run is now over. (via inter.it)
Read my opinion on this historic victory for the Nerazzurri in my article on ESPN FC – Inter show real charater to stop Juve in their tracks
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.
The hosts created chances in the first period yet it was the visitors who took the lead on 20 minutes. Samuel and Ranocchia got in a tangle from Tissone’s free-kick and Munari was there to pounce. The Nerazzurri equalised after the interval though, as Milito scored from the spot on 53 minutes. Costa brought the Argentine down from behind, and the referee rightly awarded Inter a penalty and gave the Sampdoria defender his marching orders. ‘El Principe’ then dispatched the spot-kick and punished the visitors who were now a man light.
Inter then made use of their powerful front line, first through Milito who hit the post, before Palacio scored the Nerazzurri’s second after 68 minutes, after Cassano had broken well. Fant’Antonio then struck the crossbar from a free-kick. Inter’s third goal arrived ten minutes from time: Nagatomo broke forward, waited for Cassano to arrive and then fed his team-mate. The man from Bari then rolled the ball to his right where Guarin skipped past Estigarribia before lashing a shot past Romero. Eder grabbed an injury time consolation for the visitors but it was Inter who emerged with all three points. (via inter.it)
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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.
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
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