Tuesday March 19 2019
Inter need more than the Derby

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall warns that whilst Inter should bask in Derby glory, it will take much more than this to fix their campaign.

Danilo D’Ambrosio was charged full of adrenaline after the Derby Della Madonnina. His heroic block from Patrick Cutrone’s shot in the dying embers of the game gave his team all three points. He could be excused for his enthusiasm, as he told Inter TV that beating Milan twice in one season “proves we are superior, while for years we have earned more points than them”. New captain Samir Handanovic said something similar on the night.

Whilst they may have a point, the issues surrounding Inter have not gone away with the victory and they will have work to do to remain Kings of their city come the end of the season.

Nothing can be taken away from the Nerazzurri’s performance in the Derby Della Madonnina. For a team in so much disarray both on and off the field, the response was impressive. Luciano Spalletti managed to motivate this apparently disunited group for one of the major games of Inter’s season. The players responded and played with aggression, tempo and quality, so in the end they were too much for their neighbours.

D’Ambrosio was right, in that now they own the bragging rights to the city, but it will not be that simple for them to now stroll clear of a Rossoneri side who, despite the result on Sunday, are a much-improved unit.

It must not be forgotten that 90 minutes before the epic encounter in San Siro, the world looked a miserable place for the Nerazzurri. Mauro Icardi was out with a ‘knee injury’ despite the doctors clearing him to play. His future surrounded by a cloud filled with lawyers and Wanda Nara’s influence. Radja Nainggolan was also unavailable, as was Joao Miranda, and rumours had surfaced about a three-way split in the dressing room.

According to La Repubblica’s mole, the club’s hierarchy was torn between supporting different factions, Italian, South Americans and Slavs. Add to this the abject nature in which they exited the Europa League and it could be argued that even with the Derby win, it is the Rossoneri who are better placed to move into the Champions League this term.

Spalletti will no doubt realise that, whilst the Derby Della Madonnina success will give his team a boost, he will need to work hard to address the other issues. The positives are that the Nerazzurri are doing what they can to sort out the Icardi debacle quickly. President Steven Zhang is set to meet the former Inter Captain on Friday according to the Corriere dello Sport, and the Rome-based paper also claimed that the dressing room split has been exaggerated. If this can finally put an end to the poorly handled affair, then there is a possibility that (at least until the end of the season) Icardi could be back amongst the squad.

If Inter can produce a united front with their main goal threat back amongst the ranks, then this will at least be a start. However, Inter should remember that beating their city rivals wasn’t exactly a cure-all in October either.

After the last Derby victory, Inter beat Lazio 3-0 and Genoa 5-0 before things fell apart. Defeats to Atalanta and Juventus looked like a blip as they steadied the ship quickly, but they didn’t manage to maintain the progress they would have liked, losing to Bologna and Torino. These fixtures stare them in the face again and it will need all their resolve and not just the Derby bump to see them through.

There is no question that if Inter can quickly get their house in order, then they have a good chance of holding off challenges, not just from Milan, but from Roma, Lazio and Atalanta as well. They have all these teams on the horizon and Spalletti will need the same energy and tempo that was shown in the Derby to navigate through.

Milan will no doubt bounce back, as they seem very certain of their direction, meaning Inter will not be able to put a foot wrong for the rest of the campaign.

Whilst Inter bask in the glory of being undefeated in the last six Derbies (a feat not achieved since 1999), they will have to also be realistic.

“This was supposed to be my final meal,” said Spalletti to reporters who had his Inter career obituary all written up. The Coach and his team have earned a reprieve, but it’s clear all is still not well in the camp. Every member of the institution has a job to do, from Steven Zhang, Beppe Marotta and Spalletti to the players. Only if there is unity in the group can this team hope to succeed. The Derby Della Madonnina may have given them the city, but it doesn’t give them a successful end to the campaign.

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Have your say...

But the season doesn't start in December. So...
on the 21st March, 2019 at 10:22pm

Actually we score just as many and conceded two more than you. So were very even there.

However as of December our record is WAY better than yours. So...
on the 21st March, 2019 at 2:21pm
Back to where inter should be ? You not somewhere around 4th or 6th spot already ? Yes you are hahahhahahahhaha !!!
on the 21st March, 2019 at 1:40am
And next season the gap is only getting bigger. While you fight FFP, unsure when Elliot is going to sell, we have suning who have already publicly said they will spend big this summer and get us back to where we should be.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 11:26pm
if you compare milan to inter, Inter have a better defence and and better strikers. Inters midfield is the weakest link but with broz and naingollan, both of those are better than any of milan's mids. We just have a missing link next to them and naingollan has been always injured. Donnarumma v handa is pretty even though. It may only be 2 points, but thats due to inter dropping points in easy games - wev done extremely well against the top teams, we thrashed lazio last time.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 11:25pm
@Viktor - yes miles behind. We didn't just beat you, we completely outplayed you. Yes there was a chance for an equaliser, but that chance was no closer to goal than the multitude of goals inter missed in the first half. Should have been at least 3-0 and game over at half time. The first time we played was even worse for you. You forget we don't even have 2 of our best players in the squad!!! Icardi will leave end of season, but he wont go cheap and he will bring in a world class player
on the 20th March, 2019 at 11:21pm
@inter. First of all since everyone here likes to believe winning a small amount of trophies in the past is relevant. Wellll NO! It is not. Truth is inter is even miles behind arsenal lolololol. Relax and ride your 1 treble one season train straight to whevever you losers end up, because hell aint good enough!. All of you losers need to be glad juve is carrying all of your sorry whatevers to a 3rd and 4th cl spot. Without juve you wouldnt even have and argument. Carry on trolls lol hahahaha haa!
on the 20th March, 2019 at 11:04pm

100m for those in this market? Milan are lucky you're not in charge of their sales. They'd need to be asking for a lot more than 100m for them.

But if the books need balancing, who replaces those players and how cheaply?

What's your hypothetical 25-man squad for next season?
on the 20th March, 2019 at 9:56pm
Well, it's a better option because Handanovic has been in at Inter longer than what Romagnoli has been at Milan. Handanovic might not be outspoken, but he is a true leader in and outside the pitch. Handanovic is also much more experienced than Romagnoli. I could give you a few other reasons but that won't change anything.

I see you didn't even bother to mention anything relating Milan not being behind Inter, and wishing that Lazio will destroy Inter. Kind of proves my point, so thanks.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 7:13pm
@Urban Sombrerot

Its called balancing the books.

Sell Suso, Curtrone (sadly) Hakan and possible let go of Kessie that we don't own anyways. (oh and Silva) There you have about 100m.

Now, Qualifying for CL, that gives additional security. I'm not the slightest worried about FFP, but I do want to spend. I think there is a big possibility we will sign SMS IF we qualify. I would love to see him and Bakayoko in the mid.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 3:46pm

" Handanovic is the new captain; a much better option than having Romagnoli as a captain"

Please explain why?? You don't play football yourself do you? Having the goalie as captain to me makes little sense (except for Buffon for his character) The captain is suppose to be available all over the field to have an respectful yet good understanding to the refs calls. Why do I care about Icardi? Because until a month ago, he was Inters new Milito, and no what?
on the 20th March, 2019 at 3:43pm
Here to echo similar sentiments, Football-Italia absolutely hates Inter winning. Haha it's incredible. The best line of this article has to be the below. ::Clapping:: Awful Journalism at it's finest.

Milan will no doubt bounce back, as they seem very certain of their direction, meaning Inter will not be able to put a foot wrong for the rest of the campaign.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 2:27pm
You said: "You (Inter) are def not ahead of us (Milan)", but they are. Look at the table. Inter outplayed Milan and won both games. Inter is also in a better position. Simply put, Inter is a better team, period. And why do you care about Icardi. Handanovic is the new captain; a much better option than having Romagnoli as a captain. Also, do I need to remind you that Inter thrashed Lazio (0-3) at the Olimpico this season already?
on the 20th March, 2019 at 2:15pm
contd. - If Milan has clearly breached FFP but qualified for CL in May will they have to hold a fire sale of players to meet the criteria set by the authorities if they are allowed to compete in the CL? Interesting times regarding FFP.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 1:38pm
@ Viktor - Calm down and use your energy to worry about FFP. For those who do not understand FFP there is a very helpful explanation on BBC Sport website relating to Man City. UEFA are now stuck because if try to enforce FFP the sheiks will sue (thats why they got away before) and if the dont enforce FFP evenly the likes of Inter and Roma will sue as they have had to sell players to meet their agreements. Where this leaves Milan spending EUR 70m in a January transfer window?
on the 20th March, 2019 at 1:35pm
Milan is trash. Any objections?
on the 20th March, 2019 at 1:08pm
LOLOLO miles behind?? 2 points! And the clearance at point blank SAVE you all 3 points. You are def not a head of us. The fact that Inter fans even have the nerves to talk about anything when you have or HAD a captain that's so stuck up with himself, he makes up a fake excuse of some non existing knee injury, because the idiot let his sorry but call girl of a wife negotiate. Yeah Inter fans, you should be real proud of your captain. We have Romangoli, wtf do you have. Lazio will destroy u
on the 20th March, 2019 at 9:32am

" Once Piatek gets marked by a proper CB, Milan struggle to score from open play."

Do I have to remind you what he did against one of the best center backs in the world , Kalidou Koulibaly???

All stop the nonsense Milan will QUALIFY for CL. Period.
on the 20th March, 2019 at 9:25am
@ viktor - cant wait to see inter get crushed? Like how Inter embarrassed Milan twice in 1 season? You are miles behind us. If it wasn't for poor injury run and bad form, you wouldn't even be close to us. We weren't even close to full strength and won!! you should focus on your own team's issues, inter are only going to go upwards now we don't have any ffp issues (which milan will certainly be facing for years)
on the 19th March, 2019 at 11:35pm
lol at Inter fans

So you guys win one match, and want a parade or something?

what did Inter win since that treble? So that article was spot on.
on the 19th March, 2019 at 11:13pm
When Inter won the treble the next article told us that Inter will have a hard time repeating!

One day Inter will win a game and be given the never seen before analysis, “reasonably nice game”.

Then we should all be worried as Armageddon can’t be too far off.
on the 19th March, 2019 at 9:33pm
Nothing makes Football-Italia more upset than Inter winning.
on the 19th March, 2019 at 9:27pm
Wishlist from an Interista.

1. Sell Icardi
2. Sell Icardi
3. Sell Icardi

on the 19th March, 2019 at 7:32pm
They need more alright lol another calciopoli ! Wneb
on the 19th March, 2019 at 7:32pm
Roma is almost as far from Inter then Inter from Napoli. The rest is even further away. No EL and Cup to play in the rest of the season... I highly doubt Inter will not finish in top4.

Then they can sell Icardi and let Perisic go if he still wants to, and build a new team for the next year CL. Isco and Dybala are both sitting on the bench. Just saying...
on the 19th March, 2019 at 5:26pm
rich, get lost..clown
on the 19th March, 2019 at 4:06pm
Poorly written article with almost no facts as far as Milan are concerned. Look at Milan's last 3 games before the derby. They failed to score against Lazio, had to rely on an own goal against Sassuolo at home for a 1-0 result and thanked Biglia for a wonderful 25m free-kick against last placed Chievo. Once Piatek gets marked by a proper CB, Milan struggle to score from open play.

No doubt Inter are under achievers this season but how is Milan's ship steady ?
on the 19th March, 2019 at 2:31pm
Mr Hall...clearly you are a Milan supporter or simply an Inter hater. Either way you miss the point that that Inter's EL failure may have had something to due with 9 players being unavailable. With Ninja returning they can only get better. If Icardi decides to play again that may help them too. So the future this season is not as bleak as you think. Milan is not that strong and Inter showed how to stop Piatek. Other teams will have noticed too.
on the 19th March, 2019 at 2:27pm
Yes. Inter should be extremely proud of being superior to a below sub par Milan team for nearly a decade. This has been Milan's best season in a while and they're still not up to being where they want to be so yes, brag about being superior to a not so great team. Sometimes these players are so dumb it's not even funny.
on the 19th March, 2019 at 1:49pm
As a lifelong Inter fan I have become used to the "analysis" pundits love to apply to the team. When we lose we are drifting in to oblivion with no hope to redeem ourselves. When we win it is nothing more than a blip and the problems will surely come back to haunt Inter because they are incapable of turning the page. While Inter have been far from consistent or even impressive the past several years, I wonder what will be written if we actually win something? Probably another blip I imagine.
on the 19th March, 2019 at 1:27pm

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