Monday July 22 2019
Inter scrap Ivan the Terrible

Antonio Conte threw Ivan Perisic on to the increasingly crowded Inter scrapheap, writes Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall.

The message was clear and very strong. Ivan Perisic had no place in Antonio Conte’s new system. The statement from the Inter Coach seemed ill-timed and rather unnecessary, his team had only just really started pre-season, so what motive was behind the outburst? Now the Croatian moves on to the list of players looking to exit this summer, a missive that includes Mauro Icardi, Radja Nainggolan and Borja Valero. Is this wise?

“I don’t think Perisic is suited to the role I am asking for, so right now the only place he can play is upfront,” Conte told the Press after defeat to Manchester United. He went on to praise Dalbert’s work rate and performance before criticising the winger again, saying that the “sensations were negative” and “he couldn’t give the team what they need.” These words were contradictory to his Press conference with Beppe Marotta on his arrival, when he picked out Perisic for special praise over his attitude and fitness levels.

Whilst Perisic can suffer dips in form, his fitness and his attitude on the pitch are exactly what Conte normally likes in a player. He will always help to defend and he will run until the final minutes of the game. He works tirelessly in the gym to build his physical presence and he has the technical qualities to be a difference maker in the final third of the pitch.

Even if his performance at wing-back wasn’t up to Conte’s standards and even if he misinterpreted the role he was meant to be playing, did it warrant such an outburst? It cannot be easy to suddenly shift from a winger to a wing-back, it can take time to adapt. Even centre-backs require time from playing in a back four where you have one partner, to a back three, as the roles ask different things of a player. Conte more than anyone would understand this, as he has implemented this system at various clubs.

It was no surprise that the Croatian was reportedly unhappy with the comments made by Conte and now his future looks to be elsewhere, with moves to the Premier League and China being mentioned. It does seem as though Conte’s outburst, however, was part of a bigger plan. He has been vocal in recent days about Inter’s disappointing transfer window so far, as moves for Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku have failed to materialise. The biggest problems, noted the Coach, were that nobody had actually left yet, so leaving no funds or room for new arrivals.

Conte is pulling no punches; his methods are clear and he is vocal with it. He is holding the club up to the same high standards he sets the players. He has been clear he needs strikers before the start of the campaign and this no-nonsense attitude is certainly his way of bulldozing any obstacles that are put in front of him. It may not be everyone’s preferred approach, as he does seem to be playing it out in the Press, but the messages are not cryptic, they are direct, and he is stating what he expects.

It is for this reason that Perisic simply seems to be the next fall guy. Was Ivan that terrible? Perhaps not, but can he be sacrificed so that Conte can get one of his strikers in? Absolutely he can, in the Coach’s mind, at least. Perhaps the former Azzurri boss has come in intent on taking no prisoners, but is this what Inter really need? For too long Coaches have got lost in the ‘crazy’ world of Inter bureaucracy, but not this man. As he said, he wants to take the ‘Pazza’ out of Inter.

Have your say...
A clever & creative personality who will leverage the balance between interrismo and normality. Any high profile name should be in high consider rather than age. David silva, bernardo silva his teammate at mancity, coutinho all the highest level of creative head should be on our top agenda. Our defence is our heart and after melo and medel we didnt bring anybody of that calibre of defensive shield in midfield. We need another Cambiasso, 1.william carvalho 2.allan 3.fabinho are the most sortout..
on the 1st August, 2019 at 12:11am
We need to consider first in which way we want to proceed. Is the new striker will be a acting vice to lautaro or lone focal point that was icardi? As playing two striker will highly benefit lautaro and us also in terms of lessening goals burden. We ar pretty much goal shy than other big teams. Roma and napoli can score 4 time any given day where we often struggle to score a single time. Meanwhile we need barella to take some scoring mantle along with mr.x. Last two srason we lacked that factor,
on the 31st July, 2019 at 11:54pm
Ivan the Terrible is terrible living up to his name nowadays... his value dropped from 45-50m to an asking price of 30m nowadays, yet nobody seems willing to pay that. He is not suited to play as a striker, only see him working in Conte's 3-4-3 if he will ever playl like that. So we need a squad overhaul and Conte wants player to show respect and less of the primadonna attitude.
on the 26th July, 2019 at 9:58am
Just have a look the way richard hall have written in numbers what sort of hell is inter and to intensify that he compared conte to messiah and inter at his mercy. And rescuer ofcourse players! Conte the local doctor unable to adjust our urbane ways needed help from conductor richard to headlining " For too long Coaches have got lost in the ‘crazy’ world of Inter bureaucracy, but not this man. As he said, he wants to take the ‘Pazza’ out of Inter.
on the 25th July, 2019 at 8:13am
lets we retreat in peace and enjoy the all new inter in super bowl dish. Here i represent my top eleven for inter to give juve a hard fight and earn respect to their eyes. ||handanovic DFlazaro de vriz godin skrinier/miranda dalbert/emerson palmieri(to please conte) MFbarella/sensi vecino brozovic CFlukaku/origi lautaro. politano and perisic can join the wings anytime :)
on the 24th July, 2019 at 8:47pm
pricestaking and Cm? that needed proper luck and we have that. Now coming to the qiestion people at here simultaneiously asked, What nonsence in this in thinking we will playerless in this position. Needed brain and patience to curve a answer. In midst of whole royal rumble of lukaku & icardi duopoli we've been linked to real madrids pricy jewel bale & lillies pepe also. And in the meantime conte pinching for a left back also. What He intends to lead? A CIRCUSS HUH!?
on the 24th July, 2019 at 4:13pm
You cant do anything in a chaotic environment. Blaming player is a big crime that we scarcely notice. Firstly dalbert is purest of LWB because he is dont even a left back. And current formation conte playing was the reason mourinho wanted perisic in man utd. as much Rm in candreva so much LM in perisic. suddenly he is unelligble huh! Anyway coaches are whimsical these days, ask guardioalla!!. We are getting mad changing players in three vital position. getting a decent striker is most pricestak
on the 24th July, 2019 at 4:03pm
And who will we replace Perisic with?? Have not heard names yet. If you want to talk about bad performances wouldn't dalbert and candreva be the first to go?
on the 24th July, 2019 at 2:23pm

I get that, but there have been no LM/LW or even LWB players mentioned so far. I'm concerned that Perisic is not going to be easily replaced. Plus we have way too many CM players and I'm wondering how they will all fit in.

However I have been an Inter fan for over 20 years and we have had much worse players than we do now, so I have confidence. And there is plenty of time to bring in fresh faces. Assumimg we can sell first!
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 10:13pm
@Ben, are you brother of conte? rushing into things. If perisic is about to sold most probably we would bring other three players not even two!!. That was the size ourheartclub. Are you aware we have 7 cm's just to make conte happy. A club is an organization, much aware of situations then you think or even coach!!!!!
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 9:20pm
Who exactly will play on the left with Perisic gone? Dalbert??
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 7:28pm
The partner for lautaro should be origi as a young option. and for the spearhead in attack alternative should be dzeko if not lukaku but not both of them together. or bring other big name like lacazette or werner.Although our reforming task is actually done bar icardi.So one eye should on fielding the team in right formula.integreting the new players slowly. first in 443 in defence put godin with de vriz on the right. in mid either gagliardini or vecino should be in dm role with sensi in right..
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 4:57pm
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA, I would never mock you, we are all different, and I for one respect diversity.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 2:40pm
@Urban Sombrero: you can't argue with my opinion because you know it's true so you mock my name? let me remind you that Marco Branca helped assemble the treble winning Inter!
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 2:21pm
There's aint a club that face as much difficulty as ours on and off the field as off the field issues does effect straightly to the mind of the players. If we cant even offload wantaway joa mario how do expect to shift other more than three players! we brought borja's replacement in sensi but he is still there. What will radja do when barella is there? barella cancelled oit gagiliardini also. Need bulldozers to clear the craps going on from director to coach to players.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 8:29am
@ I MISS MARCO BRANCA - It is the 21st century, let MARCO know your feelings, we will all understand, it is no point letting us all know, let MARCO BRANCA know.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 5:31am
It is getting more difficult to root for Inter with each passing day. I simply don't have it in me and I helped start a fan club in Canada.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 4:48am
Yes the two of them together are overated
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 2:20am
You can't change the face of a team overnight, Conte has put
Marrotta in a precarious position where now they need to offload players mentioned at a real discount while teams like MU sit back and get their price for a player who is underperforming! Conte needs to stick to coaching instead of managing he wants to put his stamp on the team but needs to understand you cannot you cannot simply offload your best players and get fair market value when your making them outcasts on your squad
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 2:20am
Can't Inter just play 3-4-3 to accommodate Perisic ? Inter is one dumb team that never learns...never buy a player a coach wants! Look at Dodo for Mazzarri, Kondogbia for Mancini, Nainggolan for Inter and next is Lukaku for Conte....ALL WILL BE COLOSSAL FLOPS !! Inter fans will learn what Juve fans have known for years.....Conte + Marotta = HEAVILY OVERRATED!
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 3:40pm
Marotta is here to paralyse Inter's project. All the dramas have started since his arrival.
Yes... Mr Conte... very insightful, you praise Dalbert and all those mediocre Italian players? Seriously?! Do you think we are blind?
Did you not know anything about our financial capacity and squad before you sign the contract?

But you know what? This is gonna be your last chance to save yourself too
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 1:32pm
Perisic probably should have been sold last summer when his value was high after a strong WC. Now they'll get half what they would have a year ago

Conte is playing a risky game, though, as some of these players he's ostracising might still be stuck at Inter by Sept

I can't imagine there won't be a buyer for Icardi, as Napoli could really use him if his head's right. But Nainggolan and Perisic might be harder to shift

Conte should be a success at Inter, but probably on a short-term basis.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 12:49pm
I think Conte accepted that the club had already made the decision to get rid of Icardi and Ninja before he arrived, I think had the club allowed him to give them a chance he probably would have. For Perisic, he hasn't been good enough for the past season and a half plus he played a part in the Icardi saga so maybe Conte just sees him as more trouble than he's worth, he asked to leave in January and then agitated the Icardi issue for his own agenda so he'll be no real loss.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 11:48am
Ivan is only here because Arsenal were not prepared to buy him, while Man Utd did not offer what Inter were asking for. Now a swap+cash deal may be on the cards, if Man Utd still want him. However, I find it pathetic how both Marotta and Conte are making everything public, narrowing down the profit margins for the club. Unwanted player`s value drop every day it passes, so it gives more fuel to the ones still thinking they are the Trojan horse sent by Juventus Torino to disamble the squad...
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 11:05am
Ivan is only here because Arsenal were not prepared to buy him, while Man Utd did not offer what Inter were asking for. Now a swap+cash deal may be on the cards, if Man Utd still want him. However, I find it pathetic how both Marotta and Conte are making everything public, narrowing down the profit margins for the club. Unwanted player`s value drop every day it passes, so it gives more fuel to the ones still thinking they are the Trojan horse sent by Juventus Torino to disamble the squad...
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 11:05am
Perisic has struggled for consistency for some time. He had problems last season with Spalletti and seemed to be on his way in January. If Conte wants a wing back he was never going to play Perisic. Best to make it clear now. Still time to get a replacement.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 10:47am

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