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...
li... That means your intelligence and conscience has been dead as a result of worshipping corrupted club like Inter for too long.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 2:33pm
If i were an Inter fan, i would pray hard to Satan so this fantastic Juve squad can't get treble this season because we all know if Juve get it, all Juve fans around the world will search Inter fans for their entertainment and we all know that will be a horrible experience for Inter fans. So i suggest you Inter fans to stop bragging your fake treble that you get from inventing Calciopoli and taking cover in the statute of limitation. If you still think Moratti and Facchetti didnt invent Calciopo
on the 26th November, 2018 at 2:30pm
Even football Italia is making Christmas jokes about inter lol losers
on the 26th November, 2018 at 1:01pm
@hypo Napoli has some very dubious calls given there way last season and so did some other teams. But you will never hear about it because they lost the title, as usual lol anyway winners win and losers complain about winners winning, this is the way it always was and will be.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 12:56pm
Also inter0 you didn’t answer the question lol? You are just again talking about irrelevant stuff that only you think is important and does not really mean anything. Your team is not even in the top 10 teams in the world and arsenal has more titles lol you are nothing, a never was lol. So no you can’t play that game and you will NEVER have close to the number of titles or the status juve has.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 12:50pm
The cover of Tuttosport is really ironic this morning with CR7 with a red mark on his face to highlight violence against women!!!
on the 26th November, 2018 at 7:55am
@ Annon. I agree, Inter should be stripped of all the trophies they won between 1999 - 2005. The point being that though others were making calls, only Rube's calls worked.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 7:51am
Also the official Juventus site count 36 Serie A titles so you did not use that site for your so called facts. As then it would be 67 titles
on the 26th November, 2018 at 1:36am
No. It's actually 65. As Juve also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
on the 26th November, 2018 at 12:47am

"How many inter trophies?" 2 can play this game lol
how many trebles juve have?
how many serie b titles juve have?
on the 25th November, 2018 at 11:31pm

it's 64 i even checked the juve website. I just forgot to mention the uefa cup winners cup.
on the 25th November, 2018 at 11:13pm
How many inter trophies? hahahahaha
on the 25th November, 2018 at 6:10pm
Transcripts of phone calls involving Inter, Milan and a number of other clubs in relation to the 2006 Calciopoli trial have been published by Italian media after new evidence came to light at the current trial in Naples.

Some of these have now been published across the Italian media, and they show Inter president Massimo Moratti, the late Giachinto Facchetti, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, and the then Udinese coach Luciano Spalletti all having conversations with Paolo Bergamo who at the time was referee designator. There are also calls involving Pierluigi Pairetto, a former referee and designator.
on the 25th November, 2018 at 3:21pm

It's funny you should mention cheating. Maybe you should look up the Fachetti Pairetto transcripts. Moratti Bergamo transcripts. Facchetti Bergamo transcripts.
on the 25th November, 2018 at 3:19pm
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA - I think your attraction to Marco should be welcomed and encouraged. Football should be an inclusive sport. Well done for being proud or your orientation.
on the 25th November, 2018 at 6:05am
I hope Inter does not go through same as they did last year around this time. I really want all Italian teams to go to at least quarter finals this year!
And one more thing,
Inter will not lose against Tottenham (idc how good spurs have been playing lately).
on the 25th November, 2018 at 3:56am

So maybe you should learn how to count. LOL
on the 25th November, 2018 at 2:28am
"Fun fact juve also have over 70 trophies" 70 trophies.... lol 34 league titles 13 coppa italia 7 super coppa 2 CL 2 intercontinental cup 3 uefa cup 2 uefa super cup let me show you how to count 34+13+7+2+2+3+2=64 they cheat, nag and can't count too. perfect!!!
on the 24th November, 2018 at 10:36pm
Fun fact juve also have over 70 trophies and is the first and onky team to win every european competition and is also the 4th ranked team in the worlds best the team you support was never successfull and never will be again. Everyone here knows you ppl are sad and jeslous and jist dont know whatelse to do now other than talk about irrelevant rubbish that ONLY YOU few strange ppl care about.
on the 24th November, 2018 at 5:52pm
Inter's free fall tradition is near! Yaay!!!
on the 24th November, 2018 at 10:59am
Fun fact. Last time Juve won a european title, Marco Branca was 30 years old and played for Roma.

The dude is now 52.
on the 24th November, 2018 at 8:16am
on the 23rd November, 2018 at 9:58pm
The scudetto goes through bergamo, genoa and sassuolo. Once a team is able to take 3 points from tough away fixtures like that, thats when you become a contender. Not worried about playing the top sides as this team has shown they can do battle. But like in recent times,still missing the psyche to take points off the mid table teams like juventus always does.
on the 23rd November, 2018 at 7:31pm
i think it is our first year as a real inter. Atlanta game was a lession we learnt. We need to be clear to ourselves; its no longer qualifying for cl spot is our ever achieving goal, its rather confirming ourselves in between the the title chasing packs. If we get out trailed by napoli, THATS THE FAILURE.
on the 23rd November, 2018 at 6:16pm
The Juventus match is in Turin, not Milan. It is an absolutely vicious fixture list and will surely define Inter's season, even if the only real targets at this stage are a 2nd/3rd place finish and a quarter final appearance in the CL.
on the 23rd November, 2018 at 2:17pm

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