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Wednesday October 23 2019
Inter still a little bit crazy

No matter how hard Antonio Conte tries, spectators will always appreciate a little ‘Pazza Inter’ unpredictability, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

Change the coach, swap the players and find new owners if you wish, but there is something in the DNA. Antonio Conte may be trying to bring his own brand of winning madness to the club and yet it stubbornly holds on to its old spirit. Pazza Inter, they call them, and - on the evidence of their game with Borussia Dortmund - a little dash of that craziness still remains.

After looking sluggish against Slavia Prague and earning plaudits but no points in Barcelona, the Nerazzurri were called upon to deliver a result against their German visitors to prove their progress has a European aspect as well as domestic.

The cries of “Tutto lo stadio!” at full time confirmed the Milanese giants had thrown open their Champions League group once again. And, in their own inimitable style, the performance was both concrete and a little bit cuckoo.

This was no stroll, but you would hardly expect it to be against a side packed with players who delight XBox owners everywhere. A cool Lautaro Martinez finish - with the seemingly obligatory delayed gratification of a VAR check - put the home side ahead, but they had to sweat until late in the game for the points to be confirmed. It should have happened when the same striker stepped up to a spot-kick won by teen sensation Sebastiano Esposito, but that wouldn’t be the Inter way, would it? Instead, they waited until there were about 120 seconds of normal time left to provide a suitably climactic conclusion courtesy of Antonio Candreva.

They were sometimes in control, but also under pressure for spells and that will give their coach plenty to work on. It is his job to try to cut out their idiosyncratic streak and make them a winning machine. Good luck with that.

Still, he has shown in these opening few months of his reign that he is already having a big impact on the club and its players. They bounced back from Derby d’Italia disappointment in Serie A and have now demonstrated the ability to get a major result in Europe. These are first steps, for sure, and not without a wobble or two but, nonetheless, they must give Interisti cause for optimism after dwelling in the doldrums much longer than they ever would have wished for.

Their defensive unit looks rugged, reliable and resilient. Nicolò Barella has slipped into the midfield like a little general in waiting. And Romelu Lukaku and Martinez are a double act that will be causing opposing coaches more bad dreams than a late night chunk of gorgonzola for supper.

There were slip-ups here, too, and an obsessive like Conte will not have missed out on those. It would be impossible to think you could have taken a dysfunctional side like the one he inherited and iron out all its kinks overnight. Indeed, there is a school of thought - and one that is rather appealing at that - that you wouldn’t want to eliminate all of Inter’s kookiness anyway.

A coach might well want to get as close to automation as possible when it comes to match victories, but spectators are allowed to seek different things. A hero with a few flaws, after all, is much more endearing than a perfect one.

Have your say...
Match Against Dortmund,, Electric? Yeah Then You Better Use Lazaro The Real Electricity. You May Pass The Taste Against Them With Candreva BUT Against Barcelona ? ? ? WHAT WILL BE THE X-FACTOR THAT NOBODY HAVE?
on the 5th November, 2019 at 9:35am
How sick is that coach?? Gagliardini is a number five wih tall body. What you expect from him?? Put barella in his usual position. And brozovic can pretty well take the left side in absence of sensi atleast. He is the man to charge from left and crack a goal in. Total chaos,, we dont have perisic anymore to save the day. That role is up to brozovic now, MIND IT.
on the 26th October, 2019 at 6:57pm
I WANT TO PROTECT MY PLAYERS AAT BEST. DE VRIZ CAN FROM RIGHT SIDE ALMOST SHALL TAKE THE RIGHT BACK ROLE GODIN WITH IMMENSE EXPERIENCE CAN SIT BACK IN SW ROLE AND SKRINIER CAN TAKE THE LEFT DM POSITIN WHEN ATTACK THAT WAY HIS ALL TALENTS WILL BE UTILISED. OUR WINGSBACKS NOW CAN FLY.......
on the 25th October, 2019 at 5:39pm
how shameless&astonishing peole are. Look at our perfomance graph this season amaizing. but europfrinia conte is good for our health??. Time will tell as he choices of using players is too scary. i mean 32 yrs candreva ran all day so is on the side asamoah. Fresh blood like lazaro&biraghi rotting on the bench. Brozovic squeezed up where vecino fueled overloaded&out!. sensi will die and barella just cant set his foot. careful. conteboy
on the 25th October, 2019 at 1:21pm
Inter is lame. That is all
on the 25th October, 2019 at 5:54am
Inter is lame. That is all
on the 25th October, 2019 at 5:53am
I am in agreement with what Giancarlo says, which he won't be surprised, isn't always the case. I wish Conte well in his quest to resurrect Inter to the level they achieved under Mourinho and I've always felt both coaches have similar organisation skills.
If Inter qualify from their group and finish second or above in serie a, that would translate into a first very successful season for Conte.
on the 24th October, 2019 at 1:13pm
I DONT WANT TO SEE OTHER THAN THESE SIX PLAYERS GETTING RUMOURLY LINKED WITH US : WILLIAM CALVALHO,, FABINHO OF LIVERPOOL FRED OF MAN UTD BERNARDO SILVA COUTINHO AND A NEW FIND JUST THE WAY FOUNDED COUTINHO & KOVACIC in POST SNEIJDER ERA
on the 24th October, 2019 at 11:54am
Like Juve and Napoli, this was a massive win

If the three of them had lost, all would be in serious trouble, with Inter as good as gone

If Inter can get at least a draw in Germany, it'll keep them 2nd and in with a good shot of qualifying

Juve have a tough run-in, with two away and AM at home. That win on Tues was a great help

Napoli are on the verge. If they beat this decent-looking Salzburg team next, they'll almost certainly be through with 2 games to spare

Atalanta? A miracle, perhaps?
on the 24th October, 2019 at 9:19am
My Proposotion regarding our next tranfers agenda. Despite change of a coach and view as well we miraculously overturned that and kept things as before; Calm. We dont need signings anymore to reach a steppinstones. By bless of Almighty we already there; we will just try to realm peace around us. In player coming & out will happen justfyingly. Only position where signings can happen is midfield : AM & DM in future as some will leave for better playing oppurtunity.
on the 24th October, 2019 at 9:18am
We Are Crazy Horse I Tell you,, Better Hold The Ledge tight Conte! Unlike Chelsea and Juve Here We gonna pull You. You put three man Defence,, Here our Defenders Make you go wow for three man Defence. But Your one tracked Mind need a bit twinkered up. You only found out brozovic in our 7 midfielders a dm, what about gagliardini and most suited vecino. Now in January another radja you will stuff in and when sanchez gone then you cry. BUT I THOUGHT YOU LIKE POLITANO,, CANDREVA ALSO ;)
on the 24th October, 2019 at 8:02am
Great result, inter created most of the chances and definitely deserved victory. Dortmund seemed confused and couldn't break inter down - similar to Barcelona but they don't have messi to pull the magic strings. Expecting a better performance in germany from them, but as it stands inter clearly a better team!
on the 23rd October, 2019 at 11:48pm

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