Sunday November 4 2012
Strama's masterpiece

Inter fully deserved their victory thanks to the audacious Andrea Stramaccioni and Susy Campanale is grateful it stopped the controversy.

The unbeaten run had to come to an end sometime and it screeched to a halt at number 49 in the most dramatic of circumstances. Juventus are not invincible, that much had become clear in recent weeks with the Champions League and their controversial victory in Catania. After 18 seconds of the Derby d’Italia it looked as if we’d be in for more weeks of people bringing up the ghost of Calciopoli as Arturo Vidal’s goal should’ve been chalked off. When Stephan Lichtsteiner inexplicably avoided a second booking, that just added to the sense this was playing straight into the hands of the conspiracy theorists.

 Thankfully, Inter fought back to win fair and square in a result nobody can contest, otherwise we’d never have heard the end of it. Can you imagine the utter chaos if Juve had avoided defeat in those circumstances? I tell you, Juve fans, it’s better to have lost than suffer through that!

Even the most ardent Juventino must bow down and accept Inter were the better team on the night. Andrea Stramaccioni deserves immense credit for having the courage and the sheer gall to bring a 3-4-3 system to Turin. It was extremely risky and downright arrogant for the youngest Coach in Serie A to take such an attacking approach, but Strama confirmed comparisons with Jose Mourinho. He is arrogant and smug, but that’s what makes him so very effective. That is what gave him the guts to break down a Juve side that had won all their home games this season.

The Inter boss even brought back memories of Mou by mocking Juve’s “we won 30 on the pitch” motto and stirring up further controversy on why he considered ‘carefree tactics’ to be an insult from Beppe Marotta. Strama might not be carefree, but he is admirably unfettered by doubt.

This could well be good for Juventus, too. They have been coasting recently and relying too heavily on their aura of invincibility to intimidate opponents – not to mention riding their luck... They must remember it’s no mean feat to dominate Serie A and every point must be earned. Maybe we’ll see better performances from now on, as they have it all to prove again.

Now the season gets truly interesting. Juve have already shown they struggle to balance the Champions League with Serie A, while Napoli are far too reliant on Edinson Cavani. Milan have left themselves too much to do, Lazio and Fiorentina are still works in progress, but then again the same was said of Inter. What will the Nerazzurri do once Wesley Sneijder returns from injury? Can too many choices become a problem for Stramaccioni? Seeing him at the Juventus Stadium, I get the feeling this Coach can take anything in his stride. 

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Have your say...
Well I have to take my hat off to Inter, I was very impressed with their play. This coming from a 3rd generation juventino with ieri oggi domani sempre Juve tattooed on my arm. I absolutely hate Inter and will never support them in any game but I have to give credit where it is due and inter deserved this win so well done. I hate your club but I do like your team and I do like your coach. Happy to see young coaches in serie A who attack the so called favourite team instead of parking the bus
on the 4th November, 2012 at 5:40am
Inter won a game that's going to happen from time to time. I would love to have seen this Juve this season with Conte Barking at his team during matches I wonder if they might have mustered several different results?
on the 4th November, 2012 at 5:38am
Jesus Christ,Italians!Extreemist in everything! Did I watch a different game? Inter created more troubles for Juve in last year's game when they lost 2-0.I remember they missed a lot of chances.Yesterday they were just compact.And Juve got it all wrong, wrong substitutions!Dropping Caceres was insane.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 5:34am
Happy a Roman ended the Rube's streak, too bad he is coaching Inter though...
on the 4th November, 2012 at 5:27am
Of all the clubs to lose to BLOODY INTER....You don't have to fear anything Moratti, you're a bigger cheat than Moggi.. IT'S a long season, JUVE is still on top. Even the sun has to shine on a dog's bum one day.. enjoy the victory, $*%! INTER
on the 4th November, 2012 at 5:26am
As a Juve tifoso since 1969, last night's result was tough to take... Yes, Asamoah was offside, and yes, Lichsteiner could have gone early, but Juve still had enough early chances to have put the game away. Shades of the Roma game.

Inter then grew in confidence and played a truly stupendous second half, showcasing Serie A in the best possible way. No complaints, the result was fair and square and as you say it sets the scene for a compelling season.

PS Bendtner is a disaster!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 4:05am
oh my God Susy....I love you so much (not in a creepy internet stalker way...more of a fan out your work way...who might have a little innocent crush on you)you are the voice of the voiceless in serie a your articles and insights make the like of italia look ridiculous...keep writing those articles cause I'm definitely will read them!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:58am
Inter played very well and deserve full credit. But why do we only hear about controversy favoring Juve? Inter got back into the match with a non-existent penalty. There was a slight pull of the shirt an release OUTSIDE of the area. Milito ran in and flopped. No mention? Inter was good, but I was lead to believe these games were fixed. What's up?
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:40am
Juve defeat is nothing to do with the controversy, the fact that again they are benefit with a goal that should be disallowed. What's a nonsense comment again.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:39am
Inter was a better side tonight.Juve wasted a lot of chances in a first half.Vucinic must go back to Roma,he just a lazy pedestrian. What Juve needs ASAP is a top striker.Hope they know about it and Conte by the sideline.Carrera was much better.
As a true Juve fan I am accepting the fact that Inter wanted that win more than Juve,they were fighting to the end.No excuses.But we still got 27 more games to play.Only time will tell.Forza Juve!!!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:37am
Susy wrote this? Unbelievable.
She went from mocking Inter in the past to praising them. Finally she analyze Inter's game objectively, albeit she attribute it all to the coach.In the past, she probably would have put more focus on Milito's penalty,whether he rightfully earned it or not. Then she would have say that if that penalty did not exist, the game would go both ways.But of course, since Milan is nowhere in the table now, she must "pick a side" from top teams. Go on Susy, Inter will ride.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:37am
It was a great run, Juve. But at the end of the day, it's just another 3 points. You are still on top of the summit and still have the rest of the season to dominate. You have a great team and are doing well. Hopefully you'll follow suit in Champion's League!

Interistas, as much as it hurts to say, you deserved this victory. Well played and unquestionably earned! You've done what no team has been able to in a while. Keep up the good work.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:07am
I think it is time to put all Calciopoli stuff behind us and move on. As Inter fan I have to admit I was and still am very jelaous of what Juventus achived last couple of years, and I will always be bitter rival to any Juve fan, but I think it is good for everyone to have friendly rivalry between Milan, Juventus and Inter.
I am starting to be proud of Inter side once again, commitment and fight shown under Mourinho is slowly, but surely coming back. Forza Nerazzurri!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:59am
Winning one emotional game like this and having a 50 no loss record take you to the same place: NOWHERE. Juventus has only won one scudetto with its so called "Invincible aura". That means nothing. Inter is the one giving real lessons, not for winning fair & square tonight, but to win 4 consecutive scudettos plus a triple crown, not to mention being the only Serie A team. I no longer buy conspiracy theories, it's just a matter of incorporating technology to resolve these issues for good.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:00am

"Strama's masterpiece"

Alert to Juventinos, you will be hearing a lot of non-sense crap like this for the coming few days. So, just bear with it. It's gonna stink for a little while.

Now, they'll make Strama the best coach in the world. Why? because the struggling coach got lucky in one night.

I didn't hear a scam mentioning that Milito Penalty was a "ghost penalty".

But here's a fact to you Susy, and every single envier,

on the 4th November, 2012 at 1:59am

No, you're not "grateful it stopped the controversy", you're happy that Juve finally lost.

You know, it's typical of people like you come out just about right now to take their "stride" on Juve.

It's normal to cheer for Strama because he's has defeated you twice.

But let me remind you and everyone else, Strama is not great and today got lucky, because Alessio is the one who blew it for Juve just right after he sent Caceres in.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 1:50am
It wasn't pleasant watching Juve lose at the hands of Inter, I can assure you, but there's a silver lining to what seems a very dark cloud. The first loss had to come some time and even though I'd rather it'd come against anyone other than Inter, it came tonight. It sickens me to say it, but they deserved it.

It's come and gone. Let's regroup and put in some convincing performances from now on, beginning with Nordsjælland on Wednesday.

Conte's return. 09 December 2012. Can't wait.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 1:47am
Smug? He's been the epitome of humble. All he does is talk about how lucky he was to get the Inter job. How he shouldn't be compared to Mourinho because he, Strama, hasn't won nearly what Jose has.

But what he doesn't take is being insulted by Marotta the RuBe, nor should he. Strama isn't Marotta's dog.

And taking the trident to RuBe isn't brash or gall. It's the strength of his squad - in other words, it's the intelligent option. Feel free, BBilanista, to give credit where due.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 1:42am
No, Lichsteiner should not have been sent off. His first booking was a terrible decision. Yes Asamoah was offside, but Inter should never have been given the free kick in the build up to the penalty.

Just like last week where Juve should have had 2 penalties, and Legrottaglie should have been sent off, no one talks about the decisions against Juventus. Some balance please?

Inter deserved the win though, I must admit, but again the reporting on Italian football is proving to be sub-standard.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 1:33am

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