Wednesday February 6 2013
Has Strama been caught out?

After being heralded by some as the new Jose Mourinho, Andrea Stramaccioni is facing his first Inter crisis. Varun Mathure writes.

Thirteen points in 12 games, just one point from six away ties and suddenly the Inter project and its much-heralded creator, Andrea Stramaccioni, seem to be in imminent danger.

This was one season where expectations were quite low to begin with at Inter, and the fact that the new man in charge was all of 36 made it one where it was easy to keep them in check. But a 10-game away winning streak, which culminated in ending Juve’s unbeaten run in Turin, suddenly saw them skyrocket once again as per habit.

Many an editorial dedicated to Stramaccioni and his genius were written around the peninsula, but now the young Coach faces his biggest challenge as the Nerazzurri seem to be suffering from an identity crisis very reminiscent of their dreadful campaign from last season. The team is struggling to impose itself on the smaller teams and dictate play, while looking extremely vulnerable when the opposition counter-attacks.

One of the biggest changes that Strama made during the season was to switch to a three-man defence. This idea raised an eyebrow or two given the utter failure it was under Gian Piero Gasperini, but a sudden turnaround in the team’s fortunes saw it being praised for its execution at the time.

So what exactly has changed between now and then? Injuries have played a key part in Inter’s current predicament with Walter Samuel and Diego Milito’s absence been keenly felt, and moreover opposing teams have also realised that Inter are a bit of a one-trick pony.

The counter-attack which was so successful earlier is going flat as teams are allowing Inter to have the ball more. In the recent defeat to Siena, the Robur were more than happy to allow the Serpenti their fair share of possession as they realised Inter’s avenues were limited when forced to create an opening. Ezequiel Schelotto, who made his debut, was taken off after the first-half as his teammates failed to involve him in the game as he was neglected out wide.

With the exception of the Italian-Argentine, the other notable arrivals at San Siro in January are again players who like playing through the middle. The inability of the team to stretch the game on the flanks is costing them points, and one has to wonder if there is a readily available solution at the moment. With Philippe Coutinho, as well as the creative Wesley Sneijder, being sold and Ricky Alvarez being unable to deliver in his limited chances, Stramaccioni will just have to hope that the team can somehow break down opponents while doing the same things that have not been working for the past six weeks.

This could mean giving young Mateo Kovacic a starting role or even going back to a four-man defence, especially in the absence of Walter Samuel. The Wall’s impact has been made clear whilst he has been sidelined, and the same can be said about his compatriot Milito – whose movement in itself is responsible for creating space for the attack around him. Strama needs to find a solution and he needs to do it soon, as surely another year without Champions League football will possibly be too much for Mr Massimo Moratti to take.

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Have your say...
@ Mustafa.. what your saying is absolutely nonsense,, If inter wants to build i bright future then they should start with Strama, he's young and intelligent, until the injury crisis juve were leading by 1 point, on top of all that came milito's injury which left inter with no C. forward. Inter aren't barcelona we cant play for half a season with no C. forward, they can manage to win in a couple of occasions but not regularly. if they get a striker and a world class playmaker they'll be limitless
on the 31st March, 2013 at 9:23am
Inter lacks idea and creativity ! They don't play like a top team and ve bought average players. I still don't know why they bought that old clothe from lazio. We need to buy world class players to be able to win titles. Why on earth did they sell wesley and not buy a world class creative mieldfielder to buy him ? They are lots of exceptional and. Cheap players in the la liga that inter could have bought. I feel stramaccioni is a stereotype italian that lacks vision.
on the 19th February, 2013 at 7:02pm
on top of that, which foolish team loses moourinho then slowly but surely climb down the ladder to bigger losers. first mourinho, then rafa, then gasperini and then strama. inter want to be juventus. strama is just the icing on the cake. he has been losing games frequently since his arrival. personally i don't mind inter burning to ashes and dragging their sorry behinds to the lower echelons of the league, however we need some italians in the CL.
on the 8th February, 2013 at 7:29pm
i have been saying since this idiot got hired that he is garbage and would be sacked. i remember a blog where the same idiots posting on here now were saying hw great he was and i was saying watch how he starts losing then gets fired, looks like i was right. inter are simply a team in decline, no longer a top team. they are now on par with teams like cagliari. the president is an idiot. which team wud sell sneijder and etoo and buy nobody world class?
on the 8th February, 2013 at 7:26pm
I think it is a bit harsh to suddenly start slating him for a poor run of form after earlier on in the season the press made him out to be Mourinho 2.0 and league contenders.

The fact of the matter is that this season was always going to be a transitional one with the main aim of attaining champions league football.

Also the summer signings were bought for a 4231/4321 formation which was proven earlier in the season didn't work as it left us vulnerable due to lack of numbers in midfield.
on the 7th February, 2013 at 10:49am
A goog blog which just tells the story and facts rather than beating up Inter. The sale of a world class player like Wesley Sneijder I feel was a mistake, the team have struggled since he has been out of the team and even more so while the transfer saga was going on. Additionally to this there is no fire Power when Milito is out of the side and the is restricted to long range shots. A 4 man defence and Cassano behind a two man attack could work in the short term.
on the 7th February, 2013 at 10:41am
@ Wasim

I agree with you. Strama's football was better last season. After taking over for the rest of the 2011-12 season, I thought that he was the one to bring in new players and make Inter more offensive-minded.

This season Inter look too much like the Inter of old: dour and defensive. If Strama gets sacked, it would be a blessing for him. Hopefully he can go somewhere else, bring in kids and play offensive football.
on the 7th February, 2013 at 10:29am
People should realize that with the style of football strama plays, it wont get anywhere.
The counter attacking football doesn't last more than one or two years at best. It doesn't guarantee longevity because the teams can adapt quick to it.
It seems that in italy the only team that can't offer a beautiful football,even when winning, is inter.
Strama did not come with a philosophy capable of building a dinasty, an era, as Conte's Juventus doing it. Maybe Montella can offer such thing to Inter
on the 7th February, 2013 at 9:39am
Stamma was a cheap option, he wont be replaced untill Inter decide to spend again and hire a big name, Saying that with the team they have I have been disapointed by the performances, I used to rate Guarin highly and Gargano both have been poor / inconsistant, In defence Juan Jesus is woeful so to is Obi, this Inter is the Inter before Calciopoli bad signings and to many of them, Mancini and Mou got lucky that Caciopoli went in there favour! Now they will finish 6th or 7th IMO.
on the 7th February, 2013 at 8:47am
i have one regret that after we wait 4 years for cotinho to start giving us some of his talent , branca sold him to bring another talent who's at 18 of his age , maybe we will wait another 2 or 3 years to get the best from him or he will be another flop ,(I hope not) ,, the one who responsible for all this crisis is branca not strama ,, forza inter , juve go to hell
on the 7th February, 2013 at 4:19am
Frankly I will rate Strama highly. He shows great potential.
But, I think it's better for inter to change to 4-3-3.
3 man for covering the central part of midfield.
2 advanced playmaker like kovacic and cassano on flank and cut inside.
1 poacher like millito.
They should try to possess the ball.
That's what i expect.
The think I strongly hate inter now is the 3 man defence they play. It's terrible.
on the 7th February, 2013 at 1:40am
This might sound arrogant but if you support teams like Real Madrid, Milan, Juventus, Man U, Barcelona, Bayern or Inter - successful teams with history, you a) don't have time for patience and b) can't afford patience.

Time is precious, every loss allows our competitors to climb another rung of the ladder towards a CL position. We don't have enough CL places in Serie A as it is.

As much as I love the idea of Strama, if Morratti wants the CL spot, we need to move on quickly.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 9:49pm
@ Ben

Yes I'm a Juve fan, but that doesn't change the fact that I spoke the truth.

And believe me, they are not catching up with anyone.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 9:46pm
Probs gonna get sacked on the pitch !
on the 6th February, 2013 at 8:35pm
Never thought Strama was a very good coach - let alone, to be compared with Mou - he's decent, at best. However, the team is in a mid-season slump, but they are in 5th, so at this point, it's hardly a crisis. I think Strama is simply a decent - and more importantly, cheap - stand-in while Moratti takes time to build a new young Inter for the future.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 7:04pm
Frankly Moratti has to sack Strama at the end of the season, but Moratti then has to put his hand in his huge pockets and buy two world class strikers and a decent winger. Inter may not even finish in the top six at this rate, and alas buying Tommaso Rocchi was the worst the signal of discontent.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 6:36pm
Like all coaches he needs time. Perhaps his lack of experience has shown here given the injuries. I think he will go back to the 4-3-2-1 he used when he first got the job, as this will make us more solid and use the talent of kovacic. Forza inter and forza Strama.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 5:57pm
Since Strama's arrival last season we were taking the game to the opposition as per his initial game plan he discussed in his first press conference. This season since the defeat to Siena at home we have been playing counter attacking football-this is fine against the big teams who leave spaces but against the lesser teams we have no ball possession in attacking third, no creativity and the team can't string two passes together, not enough players in the box to create/put away any chances.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 5:40pm
Give him time, he will blossom. Just look at how he made Rube look as simple as they are even with the 14 men Rube had on the pitch that evening.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 5:27pm
Strama started well. He kept his head down, his mouth shut. He had humility, and seemed to understand that it is rare for one so young to be handed the reigns of a big club. Then he beat Juve. His team played so well that day, and Strama thought he was god. He insulted the media, he showed a lack of respect for his opponents and he clearly believed his own hype. If you don't work extremely hard every day to be your best, you will lose. He got complacent and he is losing.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 5:21pm

from your comments I am guessing you are Juventus fan? so you kind of share the problem Inter are getting against other teams, they just catching up with top teams, as simple as that.

And some of you guys were saying once Conte back, unbeaten run will ressume....
on the 6th February, 2013 at 5:08pm
mustafa, hahahah. inter isn't just losing on the pitch, he is getting hammered on the pitch. they won against juve and thought they were all that... I'd rather not win against juve if we are going to play as good as they are doing right now... hahah
on the 6th February, 2013 at 5:05pm
The guy picked two or three lucky winners and media made him Mourinho already, while he is just a normal, no genius.

His team struggles every match and loses regulary. He almost got no charisma and seems to lose control over his players throughout matches.

Guess what Strama, you lose on the pitch, on the pitch.a
on the 6th February, 2013 at 4:28pm
Bravo, great Blog.
on the 6th February, 2013 at 4:27pm

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