Friday July 14 2017
It's Spalletti's party now

After a tense spell at Roma, Luciano Spalletti is determined to stamp his authority over the Inter squad, writes Richard Hall.

For anyone associated with the Giallorossi, the saying “No Totti, No Party” will go with them, with warm emotion of course, to the grave. For former Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti, however, it is a phrase that he is glad he will not hear again anytime soon. It was a party that he continually organised, yet was never his own. It wasn’t just Francesco Totti who caused these issues, Rome isn’t an easy place to work. Now he has swapped the Eternal City for Milan and a new challenge at Inter, but has he swapped one problem group for another?

Whilst not innocent, you have to give Spalletti some credit. Maybe it was the icy Russian winters at Zenit St Petersburg that strengthened him, but after one spell at Roma and knowing the internal issues, he went back. It was not an unsuccessful time, yet it seemed like he regretted it from the start, although arguably he was one of the few who could really manage to control Totti. The ‘King of Rome’ was transformed from ‘Numero Uno’ to a devastating super sub. Credit to both parties, but Francesco left in the right way.

It wasn’t only him that caused Spalletti a problem, as after September 2016 he was heard ripping apart most of his team due to their lazy attitude after a defeat to Torino. This was just one of many such incidents, but despite the problems, Roma finished well. As the Coach travelled to Appiano Gentile for the first time, he would have known what awaited him.

Whilst Inter have a group of players within the squad that either don’t want or be there or are simply not doing enough for the team, there is no ‘Totti-like’ figure. Mauro Icardi, for all his worth, value and ‘social media escapades’, still performs on the pitch. With the ultras issue now “under the carpet”, he is fully committed. So, what really awaits the Tuscan tactician?

It is perhaps best to separate the problem groups into three sections: the group who can leave with dignity, the problematic second and the third could be tagged as ‘dead wood’. There have been departures as Inter moved quickly to meet Financial Fair Play requirements, Ever Banega being the biggest name to leave, Gary Medel also departs and these are players with a mutual desire to move on.

Spalletti has moved quickly to transfer list the ones who fans of the club been frustrated with for a long time. These include Andrea Ranocchia, Davide Santon, Jonathan Biabiany and Yuto Nagatomo. Whilst their attitude over the years has been committed, they have lacked the ability to represent the club well enough. It seems the Coach has acted.

The final issue is the futures of the Stevan Jovetic and Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, both talented, but seem to have issues with their professionalism according to multiple Coaches over recent years. Jovetic looks like he is also on his way out and it seems Gabigol at first would be loaned out, but has travelled with the team, so maybe has another chance. Spalletti is not messing around.

For a man who has taken on Rome twice, it seems that he is in no mood to have any discontent in his camp. Back in the Eternal City, the party was Totti’s and, whilst invited, Spalletti wasn’t really welcome. Now this new rollercoaster belongs to Luciano and Luciano only - if you don’t want to be on it, then you can get off.

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Have your say...
Spalletti just seems to lose hope sometimes, in games and in the championship, body language kind of thing and that was easily transferred to the fragile Roma team... Inter has shown itself to be fragile too so I hope it doesn't go that way for us either... that's why Mourinho was/is the Special One, he never gave up, even when he shrugs his shoulders or made excuses everyone knew, his players knew, he wasn't giving up, just giving himself a buffer to win the next battle, for the season is long!
on the 15th July, 2017 at 1:44am
@Billy.. . I have eaten worse my friend. But at least it will be a winning party. And that as u know is the big difference. Unfortunately I do not think spalletti is a top manager, he just seems a bit small time. Almost knowing that 1st is not a real objective so will not even consider that at some point if they are in a good position that it is worth a shot. No he would much rather hold on to what he has than allow an extra step forwards, it will be the same old inter!!!!!!!
on the 14th July, 2017 at 4:26pm
Spalletti is a very good tactician and a very good coach. Now he has to manage. And that means the right set-up, formation-wise (i.e. no 4-2-3-1), and picking the right players.

Serie A soon to be the best again!
on the 14th July, 2017 at 4:04pm
@riscag you can always go to conte parties i hear they are first rate but you are expected to eat grass.
on the 14th July, 2017 at 2:42pm
Something feels right about this inter and i know come end of the season we will be celebrating something ,just dont let perisic go .
on the 14th July, 2017 at 10:00am
Admittedly I have not read this article apart from the title, spalletti has never thrown an awesome party, his parties have always been second rate every year to another's party come the end is the season!!!!!! Maybe he should consider throwing a party like someone else would???
on the 14th July, 2017 at 9:58am

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