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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.
 

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Have your say...
Everytime inter lose to Juventus in San Siro all their fans will cry like idiots (i saw one of them cried so hard and his snot came out of his nose) and I really enjoy it. Is it wrong if i enjoy watching them in suffering?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha........

#InterWillAlwaysBeInferiorToJuventus
on the 28th November, 2018 at 10:42am
End result. Inter will always be Inferior lol
on the 27th November, 2018 at 8:59pm
"I smell fear on your words"

Ha ha ha ha.....wait for it...ha ha ha ha.

23 years!
7 lost finals!

Enough said!
on the 27th November, 2018 at 8:14pm
@Interista_1

34+13+7+2+2+3+2=63 You said 64. 64 is not the number of titles Juve have won. Juve have 65 titles not counting the 2 that was revoked, and not counting the Serie B title. So tell me again when where you ever right? As the right answer is either 65 or 66 depending on whether you include the Serie B title.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 6:57pm
"Unlike you, we don't need Calciopoli to win a title." Buahahahaha what a ridiculous statement. Because that is exactly what happened, Rube cheated to win titles. Blinded by bias.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:20pm
"Unlike you, we don't need Calciopoli to win a title." Buahahahaha what a ridiculous statement. Because that is exactly what happened, Rube cheated to win titles. Blinded by bias.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:20pm
@Anonymous

"You cant even do grade school math dude"

Again everyone knows juve have 34 serie A titles and 1 serie B title. It's not my fault the juve fanbase and management can't count and do "grade school math" lol
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:13pm
@Anonymous

I forgive you though. You were under so much pressure. You couldn't win an argument against me and it got into your head so you have overreacted and called me names. It must be really hard to be a Juve fan.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:10pm
@Anonymous

Oh wow that's a lot of insults in 1 post. I'm not surprised though. That's your typical classy juve fan right there. When the harsh reality hits, they crumble and embarrass themselves by insulting and calling people names.

#growup
#embraceserieB
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:07pm
"LMAO to Interclown who made fun of Juve's Serie B title. For your information, Having that scudetto is a pride for us Juve fans because Juve got it ON THE PITCH!"

I agree with you. You have won the serie B title deservedly on the pitch without cheating. That's something to proud of.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:01pm
"Help! We Need New Calciopoli To Get Our Club Trophies!"

Oh please don't that. You guys actually have a decent team and you might win something with it without cheat. Please no more calciopoli UNLESS if you really miss serie B.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 4:57pm
@Anonymous

"The 19 years it took Inter to win a scudetto is the most impressive record Inter have."

No. inter's most impressive record is 87 seasons of serie A. The only team to play all serie A seasons.

Now let me tell you about juve's impressive record in serie B: 28 wins, 10 draws and 4 losses and I gotta admit that the loss against madova caught my eye. I was really impressed by it.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 4:53pm
Interista_1

It's funny what a failure you are. You can't seem to do anything right. You insult some dude saying he can't even count, and then you go on to count wrong yourself. In my mind your the definition of a Inter fan a stupid, irrational loser. You cant even do grade school math dude. LOL
on the 27th November, 2018 at 3:04pm
LMAO to Interclown who made fun of Juve's Serie B title. For your information, Having that scudetto is a pride for us Juve fans because Juve got it ON THE PITCH! I repeat: ON THE PITCH! Unlike you, we don't need Calciopoli to win a title. With Calciopoli set up against us, we still managed to win a trophy... LMAO. And now it's almost 2019, when the last time you win something? Oh yes! 8 YEARS AGO! That time, My son was still a baby.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 11:55am
It seems some Rubentus fans do not have any legal training . ROFL.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 5:47am
@I am a Fake Celtic Fan

"worshipping corrupted club like Inter"
First the only corrupted football club i know is juve.
Second, we don't worship inter.
"Pray hard for satan" and "worship football clubs", you obviously have the wrong idea about religion. So let me enlighten you, football clubs, cinemas, plays, theatre, video games, TV, etc.... are not to be worshipped, they are merely there for our own entertainment. I hope that helps.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 11:04pm
@I am a Fake Celtic Fan

"i would pray hard to Satan" ?? Really??

Oh i see. Now i know why you guys have lost the most ucl finals. You guys have been asking the wrong guy. Satan obviously is not the answer for your losses. I suggest you ask someone else.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 10:57pm
@Anonymous

"will NEVER have close to the number of titles or the status juve has."

Yes i agree with you on that one. Juve have been relegated to serie b, inter have never and will never achieve that honor lol.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 10:52pm
@Anonymous

"Your team is not even in the top 10 teams in the world "

I'm pretty sure inter has more international titles than arsenal, man city, man united, chelsea, tottenham, psg, and atletico madrid. So how's inter not even in the top 10 teams in the world. check your "so called facts."
on the 26th November, 2018 at 10:49pm
@Anonymous (the juve fan)

"you did not use that site for your so called facts."
Everyone knows juve have ONLY 34 serie a titles and 1 serie B title. These are facts whether you like them or not. It's not my fault the juve website have failed to mention that.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 10:40pm
It's funny you guys bringing up the time since Juve's last CL win. Given the fact that when Inter won it in 2010 it took 45 years.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 9:25pm
The 19 years it took Inter to win a scudetto is the most impressive record Inter have. And you had to win it in court. LOL
on the 26th November, 2018 at 9:15pm
@paolo, "Inter fans, like every other fan with knowledge of football, knows that Juve wont win CL."

I smell fear on your words. In opposite, every other fan with knowledge of football knows really well how strong their squad and with Ronaldo on their side they are finally be able to win CL final.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 7:37pm
FUN QUESTION:

What's newer, JuBentus last CL title or Hong Kong's independence?

Bahahahahaha
on the 26th November, 2018 at 6:58pm
The Inter articles get the most trolls. As an inter fan it just makes me laugh, because we don't care about the BS the trolls spew. We are on our way up after many years and it will only get better with these owners. So I'm enjoying and haters will be haters (=pathetic).
on the 26th November, 2018 at 5:52pm
Serie B, Triplete and 23 years of failure in Europe.
Thats what it all comes down too.

Inter fans, like every other fan with knowledge of football, knows that Juve wont win CL. If they hit the final they will panic like only Juve can.
No other club in Europe have lost so many finals in Europe than Juve lol.

Marco Branca won more european titles than Buffon, Agnelli, Chiellini, Marchisio, Bonucci and Barzagli put together.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 5:40pm
In all history books for ever you will read what Moratti did with Juve haha Never forget Serie B thanks to Moratti and Inter. always dream of a treble that will never come.

your dream our reality hahaha
on the 26th November, 2018 at 3:56pm
Further evidence emerging at the trial of Naples sees the then Udinese coach Luciano Spalletti speaking with Bergamo before the 1-1 draw with Sampdoria on May 12th 2005.

Bergamo: It's important that you are fully charged up.

Spalletti: No, I am not fully motivated, naturally like you said with the, lets say, supervision of transparency, try to send us... like you know, like you have always done.

Bergamo: Look, I can tell you that after a last minute thought, I have already decided the assistants. Therefore you will get Pisacreta who is one of the best and Griselli from Livorno who has been number one. Therefore you are well protected, and as for the draw, we will see who you will get from the internationals (referees) that we have already put in."

Spalletti: Good.

Bergamo: I wish you good luck. We will do it. Good luck.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 3:19pm
In another call dated January 10th 2005, Bergamo is speaking to Moratti, telling him he has sent a good team of officials for the game between Inter and Bologna in the Coppa Italia. Inter went on to win it 3-1. The call was published by Il Secolo XIX.

Bergamo, speaking to Moratti: "Seeing that there is no draw (for referees), but they will be designated, I have sent you Gabriele. And he will be with his two assistants who are very good..."

The conversation continues, and Bergamo explains the decision to send Gabriele.

Bergamo: I spoke to Facchetti, president, to confirm this climate of cordiality that is, naturally, something that only you and I know.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 3:18pm
In one call dated February 11 2005, Pairetto spoke with Facchetti, the then Inter president regarding referees for Coppa Italia matches.

According to Sportmediaset.it, here is an extract from that call.

Pairetto: Speak to you soon, and remember yeah, you know these things are private yeah, no-one knows about these things...

Fachetti: Yes, Yes, I agree.

Pairetto: It's something between us.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 3:13pm

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