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Talking Tactics

Tactics is a subject that fascinates me.  A subject I am constantly trying to improve my knowledge and understanding off.  I’m always interested in how teams set up and why.  One formation I have never been keen on is any that starts with 3 at the back.  Maybe it was down to lack of understanding, maybe a little ignorance on my part but for me it’s always been simple, 4 at the back at all times.
Over the last 12 months or so anyone who follows Serie A may have noticed that a lot of teams have adopted the three at the back approach, and its slowly being growing on me. At the beginning of the season it was obvious things were not clicking for Inter and all the talk of what formation to adopt was a common subject. When saw Inter line up with three at the back all I could think of was Palermo away, Novara away under Gasperini, I was a worried man.
Several games down the line I find myself trying to use three at the back on football manager, which is obviously a clear mark of approval.
To be fair to Strama he came out and said we can’t find the right balance playing with four at the back an a change was needed for the team to progress. Huge respect for the guy to come and say such a thing.

Results of the Who should replace Gian Piero Gasperini? Poll

Now that Moratti has seen sense and dismissed Gasperini I have decided to end our poll on who should replace him early and the results as voted for by the Nerazzurri World readers are –

  1. Guus Hiddink was the most popular with 20% of the votes
  2. Carlo Ancelotti came second with 17.78% of the votes
  3. A surprise third place for Inter’s very own Luis Figo with 15.56% of the votes
  4. And in joint fourth place was Giuseppe Baresi & Don Nerazzurri with 11.11% of the votes each

Wow it comes to something when I’ve been voted in the top 5 of candidates for the Inter job 🙂

Unfortunately this is all irrelevant as it seems like Claudio Ranieri is going to be announced as the new coach very shortly.

For all the results see the poll below 🙂

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A look in to Inter’s Tactics

Since Gian Piero Gasperini’s name was linked with Inter earlier this summer the main thing on Interisti minds was the fact that the promising coach has a preference for using a 3 man defence, which he used fantastically at Genoa and since his arrival at Inter he has been working hard on adapting both the players to his formations and also trying to adapt the formations to his players. In pre season his results were a mixed bag with some stunning high scoring matches against lower end teams at the beginning up to a very disappointing loss against Chievo a couple of weeks ago.

All in all I think his formations are not a good fit with our squad as against any team that is of the calibre we should be facing throughout the season we have struggled immensely, you only have to look at the draw against Galatasaray and the two losses to both AC Milan in the Super Cup and Manchester City in the Dublin Super Cup to see that it wasn’t working for us, a lot of this is down to the fact that the formations weren’t playing to the strengths of our squad as I discussed in my post ‘Inter’s summer Transfers – Do they really fit in with Gasperini’s Formations?’   This article of course is now outdated as it was wrote half way through the transfer window and we have made a few more signings since then who we haven’t seen play in a Nerazzurri shirt as yet, so it would be unfair of anyone to say that Gasperini’s 3 man defence will not work this season.  As such I am going to use this article to look in to how I think he could possibly make his formation work and also show an alternative 4-3-3 formation that he could change to mid game without too much trouble. Read the rest of this entry

Italian SuperCup 2011 – Inter v AC Milan Preview

Here we are just days before Inter take on AC Milan in the 2011 Italian Super Cup at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. The match, which will be shown live on RaiUno in Italy, kicks off at 20:00 local time (14:00 CET) on Saturday 6 August or for those like me that live outside of Italy you can find live streams of the match online at or at Free Live Sports TV. With the Derby della Madonnina in Serie A not coming till the 18th week (Jan 15th 2012), i’m thankful for this years Supercup being against our cross town rivals, even though it won’t be played at the Meazza, as that is a long time to have to wait for one of the highlights of the Calcio calender.

A few people have asked me whether I think the atmosphere during the match will be as intense as a normal Derby and I would have to say that I don’t see why it wouldn’t be, there have been rumours over the last few weeks that the Curva Nord and the Curva Sud won’t be making the trip to China, which in my opinion would be a shame, but even so judging by the welcome Inter received upon arrival in China i’d say there’s no danger of there not being a great atmosphere for the event.

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Inter’s Summer Transfers – Do They Really Fit In With Gasperini’s Formations?

With about a month left in this year’s summer transfer window have Inter lived up to the promises made at the end of last season? Unfortunately not! Don’t get me wrong I believe that the players we have signed will be useful to us, but I believe that the biggest thing holding us back is Gasperini’s formations.
We have signed two wing backs, Nagatomo & Jonathan, yet in Gasperini’s formations there is no place for wing backs meaning that these two and Maicon will be forced to play as wingers or full backs dependent on whether we’re playing with a 3 man or 4 man defence. It’s not just the defence that is causing problems with fitting players in, our biggest signing so far is Alvarez who plays CAM or as a winger but so far this pre-season he’s been pushed into a deeper midfield position or as right forward which in the match against Galatasaray he looked pretty uncomfortable in my opinion. Also on the subject of midfielders out of position Gasperini’s formations are also forcing Sneijder (one of the best trequartistas in the game) to play a deep central position which to be fair Wes is taking in his stride and playing well in, though it’s hardly taking advantage of the talent available.

The final problem with his formations in my opinion is the three forwards, the central position is fine with Pazzini & Milito perfect for this role but Eto’o out wide is a problem because he has said several times he wants to play in the middle even though he is great on the left and this could make up his mind about leaving us, also that leaves Pandev for the right and in my opinion he is a complete waste of space, yeah he gets a few goals but in a squad like ours i’m sure even I could score a few! My main problem with Pandev is that he lacks the skill of his team mates and to me he looks clumsy on the pitch.
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