Tuesday November 27 2018
Inter believe in bright young hopes

With the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Keita Balde Diao stepping up, Richard Hall felt a new sense of belief among Inter fans at San Siro on Saturday.

Inter’s fans were out in force against Frosinone, 63,645 to be precise, and they were not to be disappointed. The Nerazzurri put the agony of the previous week in Bergamo behind them and proved that they were made of much more sturdy stuff than in previous years. Under Luciano Spalletti, they are maturing into a team that not only has potential but is also starting to entertain. This is what brings the crowds out in Milan: promise and excitement and, what’s more, consistency.

The bright lights of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, either appear gradually as you walk from the metro at Lotto, or hit you immediately, as you rise up from Metro Stadio San Siro. One thing that was notable on Saturday evening was the droves of fans that packed the walkways and pavements. This was, with the greatest respect, only Frosinone. It wasn’t a game against Roma or Juventus. The people who have trodden the same path this season, whether it be Milan or Genoa, have continued to grow. They do so because they believe there is something happening with Spalletti’s team, something special.

This was also spectacular because, after all, Inter had been soundly beaten 4-1 in Bergamo the previous week and they deserved their thrashing. It was perhaps also incredible that the fans flocked, as it was common knowledge that the likes of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic would be rested for the important Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek. The fact that the support has been so consistent is good a sign for Inter. They have had good runs before, they have signed promising players in recent years and have had large crowds - but not like this. This time there is a belief that the team are looking like establishing themselves back in regular contention for Serie A and this isn’t lost on Spalletti. He said after the game to DAZN, “Inter want to get stronger and stronger, to be among the top teams in Serie A and the Champions League. The fans teach us how to behave, as they are always there, with us.”

This unity is developing quite simply because, even in defeats like the disaster against Atalanta, the players are taking responsibility. This goes a long way with the fan base as, much as they may sing ‘Pazza Inter’, they detest the notion. One of the most important differences when talking of responsibility, is in reference to the squad players. Often the likes of Dodo, Ricky Alvarez and many more have left the Meazza frequenters lamenting, “where have all the Julio Cruzs gone?” Spalletti knows that if Inter are to exist with strength on all fronts, everybody in the squad must be accountable. They may not like their Turin rivals, but Juventus are the best example of how a squad outshines any individual. Even more so this season as Cristiano Ronaldo looks to be transformed into an almost utilitarian version of himself.

Lautaro Martinez and Keita Balde certainly showed against Frosinone that they too are taking steps to shouldering responsibility. They are the future of Inter as Balde (23) and Martinez (21) are immensely talented, but are also become players who, when given responsibility, will take it and own the opportunity Spalletti gives them. For too long Inter have leaned too heavily on the deadly Mauro Icardi, and to good effect, but if they are to jump to the next level, one they have all the ammunition to get to, then they need to share the burden.

Napoli are a case in point. The Partenopei lost Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus but Maurizio Sarri challenged the rest of the team to share the goal tally. Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and company did exactly that and took Napoli to the next level. The Inter Coach is now laying down a similar challenge, and in truth it doesn’t always work first time. Martinez was poor in the Nerazzurri’s destruction of Genoa but he persevered and came good against Frosinone.

Spalletti is clear that this is a work in progress. He claimed after the Frosinone game that, “at times my team make bad decisions, so we still need to mature and improve.” This is true, Atalanta was an example but they do now seem to be eliminating the Pazza aftershocks and instead are becoming consistent and able to maintain a level. Inter have a bright young team that is learning quickly that they have a responsibility to share the burden. The fans know this and this is why they are packing out a colossus of a stadium like the Meazza, against a team second bottom of the Serie A table.

Have your say...
Italian football do not have the money to keep the best italian stars and the current lack of B-teams makes the gap between primavera and Serie A way to big so young prospects do not have optimum conditions to develop properly.
on the 30th November, 2018 at 8:02pm

And Milans 6 starters are all under 25 AND Italians in fact most closer to 20.

Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Calabria, Caldara, Conti, Cutrone, (yes conti and calandra are injured but will be starters for sure. + Bonaventura
on the 29th November, 2018 at 9:35am
@B Hung seems u don’t even have a common sense. Inter did not take the right to buy out Cancelo and Juven took the chance then. Grosso only played for one year and then Inter sold him to Lyon. Yes, Juventus bought him from Lyon, not Inter. We all know what De Vrij did in the last game last season and he promised Lazio he would sign an extension. We all know what Figo did to barcelona along with signing two contracts with juven and Parma. Good 2 c inter lost and expect more coming as always
on the 29th November, 2018 at 9:27am
Very few Italians being used, a few days ago there was a blog on this site saying Italy had lost a generation- I disagree, we have jumped 2 generations. With Serie A's ever growing forgein problem I find it very difficult to understand how anyone can argue against this being the problem for the Azzurri. Juve, inter and Napoli could literally field entire teams of non-Italians, PSG field more Italians than Napoli, thats shocking.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 5:53am
I love Inter because statute of limitation kept them out of Serie B and after they won the treble Moratti gave up on them and they disappered of the map instead of consolidating their success.
on the 29th November, 2018 at 3:10am

Few Italians these days?

If it wouldn't be for injuries id say ACM would start with at least 6.. 7 if we wouldn't have sold Locatelli.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 8:43pm
for the first time ever I agree with Viktor
on the 28th November, 2018 at 11:50am
I love Inter because they never played in Serie B and they won a treble. Also i can remember when they won in Europe.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 9:56am
How do you called Grosso and Cancelo then?

Anonymous on the 28th November, 2018 at 9:11am
on the 28th November, 2018 at 9:11am
To all of you who says who cares if they are Italian... yeah, maybe you should consider that statement. Clearly in an Italian league for the domestic balance you want some Italian players representing. simple as that. Thanks for Clarifying tho

"Ignorance is bliss , isn`t it Viktor?"

Not really it was just an open questions.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 8:18am
Italian players?All inter’s Italian players can’t get a sub position in Juventus.Also Icardi is the only player may get into the start 11 in Juventus,
Traitor like De Vrij is Inter’s best signature. I will play CL next season.LOl, more Judas than Figo,another former Inter player.And Fachetti went to he((,waiting monkey Morrati
on the 28th November, 2018 at 8:11am
There is few Italians in any team these days. It's actually comical that Inter have more more than Juve, I mean in the CL the other night apart from the 2 relics in defence Juve are worse. Every top team is in the same boat and we wknder why Italy couldn't qualify for the world cup and will struggle to qualify for the Euros.
on the 28th November, 2018 at 5:59am
i hate inter because they NO win scudetto
on the 27th November, 2018 at 6:52pm
i hate inter because they dont win scudetto
on the 27th November, 2018 at 6:52pm
------------Icardi (25)
Keita (23)--Lautaro (20)--Politano (25)

Future is bright.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 4:37pm
Viktor- Politano is a mainstay of the team and has probably been the best performer for Inter out of all of our new signings this season. Gagliardini is an important squad player along with D'ambrosio. We have Pinamonti and Bastoni out on loan who are two of the most promising Italian youngsters in the league today. I think a top teams responsibility is to have the best players possible in each position, nevermind where they are from.Although if Verrati wants a change of scenery we are here!
on the 27th November, 2018 at 2:56pm
Beyond those there is of course Candreva and Ranochia who still have a role to play within the team and afterall Icardi is Italian ;). I do hope that in the future we look to invest further in Italians, starting with players currently on loan or in our primavera, Pinamonti stands out as one of those prospects. Furthermore, I believe that the club has been looking to buy Italian prospects and with the arrival Moratta I am sure this strategy will only be further enforced
on the 27th November, 2018 at 2:52pm
@Viktor - As far as recent Inter teams go, the current squad actually has quite a high Italian representation. Currently the only Italian that can be consistently assured of being a starter in the important games is Politano. However, we do have D'ambrosio who has played the most games this season at right back. Gagliardini although on a rotation role was bought for the first team and could well find the consistency to live up to that in the future.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 2:46pm
D'Ambrosio, Gagliardini, sometimes Candreva.

Same amount with Rubentus' elderly centre-backs.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 2:01pm
@Viktor there's this guy called Matteo Politano who plays on the right wing. Danilo D'Ambrosio could also be considered a starter since Vrsaljko returned injured from the World Cup, played a few games and now he's injured again.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 1:57pm
@Viktor: Well... Politano, Gagliardini and D'Ambrosio started the game and Candreva came in as a sub.

That said, it wouldn't matter if you would have any clue about the history and founding of the club.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 1:54pm
D'Ambrosio, Politano, Candreva, Gagliardini, Borja Valero.. all who have played as starters and at times 4 of them have started.

How many italian starters in Juve?

How many Spanish starters in Barca?
on the 27th November, 2018 at 1:02pm
@Viktor historically almost none ever, otherwise who freaking cares...
on the 27th November, 2018 at 1:02pm
Politano, Gagliardini and D'ambrosio are Italiano
on the 27th November, 2018 at 12:45pm
Tottenham v Inter. Who ever scores first will lose.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 12:20pm
Ignorance is bliss , isn`t it Viktor?
D`Ambrosio, Politano and Gagliardini.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 12:09pm
@Viktor there's Politano and D'Ambrosio

Why does that matter anyway? to begin with Inter were founded precisely to facilitate foreigners. Nothing's strange about having a few, if any, Italian on their squad.
on the 27th November, 2018 at 12:06pm
So... Whos actually Italian in Internazionale?

Anyone of the starters?
on the 27th November, 2018 at 11:34am

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