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Friday November 23 2018
Inter’s most worrying time of the year

After defeat to Atalanta, and with a tough run of games coming up, Richard Hall warns Inter must avoid another winter of discontent.

For anyone involved with Inter, the time between December 16, 2017 and February 11, 2018 is etched in the memory.

This period was cataclysmic for the Nerazzurri’s title challenge and, if it hadn’t been for Matias Vecino, it could have cost them their Champions League qualification. Now, as December approaches once more, Luciano Spalletti will be desperate for his team not to repeat the same mistakes, but this may be easier said that done. A fixture list is looming which could, if not approached correctly, make this another winter of discontent for Inter.

December 2017 had started with optimism. Inter were heading up the Serie A table and they had just produced an immaculate 5-0 demolition of Chievo. The draw in the Derby d’Italia with Juventus in the next match showed they had resolve and as the next fixtures against Udinese and Sassuolo awaited, the Italian media were talking about a Scudetto race of attrition.

The defeat to Udinese at home was a shock but at the time not seen as a disaster. The shock waves that resonated from the result however, were exactly that. The psychological and seismic damage was seen in the following fixtures as Inter didn’t win a game for close to two months. They dropped three points against Sassuolo, drew against Lazio, Fiorentina, and Roma before facing lowly SPAL and Crotone. Surely now they could kick into gear? Two more draws followed before they eventually beat Bologna, although it should be noted that they lost to Genoa in the match after that.

This was ‘Pazza Inter’ and on a grand scale. Even those who had never expected much from the season were left reeling, as the team had shown promise. The season finished successfully but many were left asking asking: ‘what if’?

Those feelings and that run have not been forgotten but has been put to the back of the mind this season. The Nerazzurri look stronger both mentally and physically, and they have more depth. Spalletti has had them playing well and they are all-but qualified for the latter stages of the Champions League. Then came Bergamo and the fixture list to follow.

As the washed out faces of the Nerazzurri players gave thousand-yard stares after their 4-1 defeat to Atalanta, alarm bells started to ring. The international break offered respite of a sort, but upon their return things would get serious. A home game against Frosinone now holds immense importance, as it offers the team a chance to bounce back before what looks like a very tough run. Spalletti’s men would have seen this game as extremely winnable before their day out in Bergamo but now the Inter loanee Andrea Pinamonti’s two goals in two games for Frosinone, looks unsettling. Here come the Pazza thoughts - well, remember Federico Dimarco?

After this, the Nerazzurri face Tottenham away in a crucial Champions League match. Then they then travel to the Eternal City to face Roma, before welcoming Juventus to San Siro for the Derby d’Italia. PSV are the next visitors, in what could also be a crucial game should things go wrong in London, before what looks like a respite approaches. Udinese and Chievo should be winnable games but should Inter be spiralling by this point, then the games take on a completely different perspective. Before the year is out they have the unenviable task of taking on Napoli before ending 2018 away at Empoli - this run has a make or break feel about it.
Inter are much stronger that last season however, proof of this came recently when they came through a period of games against Milan, Lazio and Barcelona. The future too looks bright, as Beppe Moratta looks likely to arrive, investment is going to be forthcoming and the crowds are now a constant at the Meazza. Frosinone is certainly the key to prove Atalanta was a blip and a win against Tottenham in England, would also perhaps spur the Nerazzurri into the winter months.

Luciano Spalletti had spoken after his team’s remarkable comeback against Barcelona, claiming his players were not afraid of big teams. The evidence for this seems to be there when assessing results against Milan, Barcelona, Tottenham, Lazio and others so far this campaign. Perhaps the worry for Inter in this period maybe complacency, Sassuolo, Parma and Atalanta have all offered up evidence for this. Inter will be aware that their response has to be quick and efficient after the International break, as they need to be explosive and not implosive.
 

Have your say...
@Fantasista#10

Once again your ignorance never fails to impress me. You can't stop embarrassing yourself even if your life depended on it so let me enlighten you again. When it comes to cow gender, only an adult female can be called a cow. An adult male is called a bull. You should improve your english before you post anything else. it's embarrassing.

#stopembarrassingyourself
on the 30th November, 2018 at 9:10pm
@Interista1. Thank you cow for correcting my grammar mistake. Is this correct, cow? XD
on the 30th November, 2018 at 8:21am
I am a big juve fan, when juve kicked us out of Champions League, i love it! they're just simply amazing!!! forza juve from london!
on the 30th November, 2018 at 8:04am
@Anonymous

"childish comments"

Again I'm not the one who talks about snot, refers to people as cattle, and calls himself harry kane.
on the 30th November, 2018 at 4:45am
@Anonymous

"sad persons fantasies" seriously ??

I'm not the one who said juve had nothing to do with calciopoli and that inter has a fake treble. Now that truly is a sad fantasy. It's not my fault you people are living in denial so don't blame me for their fantasies
on the 30th November, 2018 at 4:43am
@Anonymous

Once again you have proved me right. The juve fans can't handle the harsh reality so they resolve to insulting and name calling. So I guess you were right, my logic is beyond anything you have seen because it's too sophisticated for you and more than you can handle.

#growup
#actlikeanadult
# manners maketh man
on the 30th November, 2018 at 4:34am
@Anonymous

So let me get this straight. It's okay when you and your fellow juve fans talk about inter but it's not okay for me to respond and if I do I'm "childish" and "a loser"
on the 30th November, 2018 at 4:27am
Your losers logic is beyond anything i have seen before lol.
on the 30th November, 2018 at 12:44am
Yawn.... again childish comments that are irrelevant and hold no true meaning other than one sad persons fantasies. That it folks, nothing more to see here.
on the 30th November, 2018 at 12:42am
@Help! We Need New Calciopoli To Get Our Club Trophies!

"I don't remember specifically how I feel to an event that occurs 12 years ago"

Oh you poor thing. You were probably traumatized by it and now that memory have become a repressed memory and that's why you don't remember it.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 11:39pm
@Harry Kane

Harry Kane is that really you? I have a question for you. How come you scored against juve but you couldn't score against Inter? and i thought you were a juve fan.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 11:32pm
@Fantasista#10

"A cattle here claimed inter is one of Europe's Elites"

I just love it when juve fans try to insult me and end up embarrassing themselves instead. i'm just a 1 person (singular), Cattle is plural and it doesn't have a singular form. so i suggest you use another word to insult me.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 11:29pm
@Anonymous1

"Inter fams have a weird way of looking at things where they seem to matter in your world alone and not actual facts"

I'm pretty sure inter being the only italian team to win the treble and to never play in a 2nd-tier football league is an actual fact.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 11:19pm
@Anonymous1

"since on paper juve is way ahead in titles and status"

I gotta agree with you on that one. Inter definitely doesn't have juve's titles (serie B) and status (relegation to serie B and no treble).
on the 29th November, 2018 at 11:14pm
@Anonymous1

"Sooo winning one trebble means your are one of the best teams in the world "

Yes. It's literally the hardest thing to achieve in european football and that's why juve are so obsessed with winning it. They can't handle the fact that inter won it and they couldn't.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 11:10pm
@Interista_1, Sorry, I don't remember specifically how I feel to an event that occurs 12 years ago. However, I do remember clear as day inter fans cried like idiots ( one of them cried so hard and his snot came out of his nose) when Juventus won in San Siro 7 months ago. LMAO.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 10:11am
Mwahahahahaha... A cattle here claimed inter is one of Europe's Elites.

The truth is your lame team couldn't even win against minnow like Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Keep on dreaming kid. XD
on the 29th November, 2018 at 1:40am
Keep Calm and Watch Juve Qualify
on the 29th November, 2018 at 1:19am
Sooo winning one trebble means your are one of the best teams in the world ? Hahahah you clutching at straws buddy. How many titles does inter have ? Anyway its either you trying to be stupid for no reason or just looking for an argument you could never win since on paper juve is way ahead in titles and status. Inter fams have a weird way of looking at things where they seem to matter in your world alone and not actual facts, so.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 12:36am
Congrats on losing tonight. Your all very welcome
on the 28th November, 2018 at 11:18pm
@Anonymous

"Inter 2010 win= 45 years since last win"
Well you have said it yourself the last time inter won the CL was in 2010. which is 8 years ago. When was the last time juve won the CL? Think about that.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 9:49pm
Inter, celtics, barcelona, ajax, psv, Man U and bayern are the only teams in europe to win the continental treble.

Inter, celtics and barcelona are the only teams in europe to win the treble and never play in 2nd tier football leagues.

Now that's true superiority

#europe's elite
on the 28th November, 2018 at 8:58pm
@Anonymous

"Inter will always be Inferior" hahaha yeah right

Only in your wildest dreams buddy
on the 28th November, 2018 at 8:46pm
@Help! We Need New Calciopoli To Get Our Club Trophies!

"i saw one of them cried so hard and his snot came out of his nose"

I bet that's what happened to you when Juve were relegated to serie B lol
on the 28th November, 2018 at 8:44pm
Article 6 violations (the attempt to gain an advantage in the standings through match-fixing or attempted match-fixing) are deemed worthy of immediate relegation. Even in the now-discredited trial of 2006, Juventus were cleared of any Article 6 violations, and were only demoted due to a combination of Article 1 violations (unsportsmanlike conduct, which can be anything from swearing on the pitch to excessively calling Bergamo and Pairetto), misdemeanours that had never before resulted in anything more than fines or, at most, a minor points penalty.

Thus, according to the findings of the FIGC’s chief investigator, it is Inter, Milan and Livorno who should have been relegated in 2006 and not Juventus.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 6:50pm
Palazzi’s most damaging claims listed the following Calcio figures as being guilty back in 2006 of - along with Juventus - violating Article 1 of the Code of Sporting Justice:
Campedelli (Chievo), Cellino (Cagliari), Corsi (Empoli), Foschi (Palermo), Foti (Reggina), Gasparin (Vicenza), Governato (Brescia), Meani (Milan), Moratti (Inter), Spalletti (Udinese).

Palazzi also alleged that the following men should have been found guilty of violating Article 6 of the Code of Sporting Justice:

Facchetti (Inter), Meani (Milan), Spinelli (Livorno)
on the 28th November, 2018 at 6:50pm
The FIGC handed Palazzi the responsibility of pouring over all the evidence from the Calciopoli II trial in Naples a year ago, during which it was revealed that former Inter directors had had contact with referees and a number of other high-profile Italian football leaders between 2004 and 2006.

Transcripts from wiretaps identified by the Tribunal of Naples also demonstrated that ex-Inter president Giacinto Facchetti enjoyed regular contact with former referee designators Paolo Bergamo and Pierluigi Pairetto.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 6:07pm
The Italian press exploded this morning following yesterday’s revelations by the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) chief investigator Stefano Palazzi, who accused Inter of committing sporting fraud during the 2004-05 season. This had subsequently led to the Calciopoli scandal, which saw Juventus stripped of two Scudetti and relegated to Serie B, and Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Reggina issued point penalties for 2006-07.

Palazzi said: "Inter violated the article relative to sporting fraud with regards to the possibility of taking advantages in the standings."
on the 28th November, 2018 at 6:03pm
@Chalon

Cheated how exactly. Any proof at all? Fact is Juventus got relegated for having contact with referees. And it's been proven since that Moratti, Facchetti did the exact same thing. They where even worse it was claimed after the second trial. Saved by statue of limitation tho
on the 28th November, 2018 at 6:02pm
Inter 2010 win= 45 years since last win

Inter 2010 final appearance= 38 years since last final appearance.

HAHAHAHA. What a shitty team
on the 28th November, 2018 at 2:19pm

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