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Does Wesley Sneijder have a future at Inter?

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?

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SerieA: Chievo 0-2 Inter, 3 man defence brings 3 points

Andrea Stramaccioni’s side made it five wins out of five on the road this season with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi.

The coach had expected Chievo to provide a stern test and the hosts certainly got off on the right foot, Pellissier and Di Michele causing problems for Inter early on. Guarin responded for the visitors by fizzing an effort across the face of the goal before Pereira struck two minutes before the interval: Nagatomo’s cross left him with the simple task of tucking home from just yards out. An important goal for the Nerazzurri and the Uruguayan’s first for the club. Inter came out after the break with the bit between their teeth as Milito and Cassano linked up to good effect in the final third, while Marco Rigoni and Co. drew a couple of big saves from Handanovic. Cassano, set up by Gargano, made things more comfortable for Inter with a cool finish: his third in black and blue on his 300th Serie A appearance. (via inter.it)

Read my views on how Stramaccioni’s first attempt at a three man defence went 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.

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Zeman Gives Stramaccioni’s Inter a Masterclass in Attacking Football

One of the most anticipated games of the 2012/13 season came in just the second game week with two of the most attack minded teams in Italy going head to head. It really was a battle of the tacticians with new boy Andrea Stramaccioni taking on the coach who at 65 years old is nearly twice his age, Zdeněk Zeman.
The game ended Inter 1-3 Roma and if you didn’t see the game you would think from that score line that the Roman side ran rings around Inter in front of their home crowd. This however wasn’t strictly true, if you take a look at the match stats (provided by whoscored.com) you can see that Inter was actually the more dominant of the two sides in terms of possession and shots on goal. Over the ninety minutes Inter held on to the ball for 53% of the match and managed a respectable 21 shots on goal, of which only six were on target though, finishing is obviously an area that needs work for Inter. Where Inter really lost out in this match was in aerial balls but when you consider how short the majority of the Nerazzurri players are that isn’t really any great surprise.
So how did Roma manage such a convincing win against Inter?

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SerieA: Pescara 0-3 Inter, ‘El Principe’ shines in season opener

The first game of the 2012-13 Serie A season for Inter was a 3-0 victory away from home at the Stadio Adriatico, home of newly promoted Pescara. Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni decided to line up his squad in a 4-3-2-1 to try to counter the home side’s attacking 4-3-3 formation that they persist with, despite no longer having Zdenek Zeman as coach, who used the tactic to get them promoted from Serie B last season.

Luca Castellazzi in goal was excellent throughout the game making several crucial saves as the Pescara attack tested him all through the first half…………………………………………

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Europa League: FC Vaslui 0-2 Inter

In the Europa league play off first leg the Romanian side Fc Vaslui played host to Inter at their temporary home of Stadionul Ceahlaul as their home ground, Municipal only houses just over 9000 fans which isn’t big enough to play European games.

The game marked a very important landmark for Inter as the legendary captain Javier Zanetti marked his 800th appearance with the Nerazzurri……………………..

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Europa League: Hajduk Split 0-3 Inter

 Unfortunately I was unable to watch Inter’s first competitive match of the season, but I did follow the game via all the tweets from my fantastic followers on Twitter.  From what I read it was a great showing from the Nerazzurri with them looking confident and strong throughout the match.  With Stramaccioni playing a 4-3-2-1 formation we seemed able to react quickly and easily to all situations we were faced with by adapting this setup with the minimum disruption to the balance of the squad.

The players that really stood out in the Inter squad were Sneijder, Guarin, Palacio, Milito and of course Inter’s very own superstar south American Coutinho and a mention for our new number 1, Handanovic too as he kept a clean sheet and when called upon he showed safe hands.  If last nights performance is anything to go by we are in for a very exciting and entertaining season from Inter this time round.

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Celtic V Inter Review

It’s that time of year again and the upcoming season is fast approaching, the mercato is heating up and the team is starting to shape up ahead of the upcoming season. This year I was lucky enough for Inter to come to my home city of Glasgow for a friendly against Celtic to commemorate their 125th anniversary as a football club.

I was sitting in the away end just to the left of the goals with around 25 other Inter fans (more than I thought). Strama made five changes to the starting line up which faced Como midweek and again used the 4-2-3-1 with Handanovic, Silvestre at right back, Chivu and Ranocchia at centre back, il capitano at left back. The two holding midfielders were Guarin and Cambiasso. Then the three behind the striker were Sneijder directly behind Milito as striker and Jonathan on the right with Coutinho on the left of the three.

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@signore_pogsy – MY INTER STARTING ELEVEN FOR 2012/2013 SEASON

The transfer market is here again, the time known for clubs to make possible additions and subtractions to and from their teams, some teams also use this time to make changes in management as well as coaching staff but that can be done at any time.  Buying and selling of players for the upcoming season already started as far back as January but officially, the transfer window for the new season does not open until the 1st of July.

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).

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