Friday March 8 2013
Underestimated and humiliated

Tottenham Hotspur dominated Inter in a convincing dispatching last night. Dylan Fahy chronicles Andrea Stramaccioni’s persistent problems at the helm after the defeat. 

Andrea Stramaccioni stressed that Inter should “not fear anything” ahead of their last 16 Europa League tie against Tottenham Hotspur. “This match will be Tottenham-Inter and not just Gareth Bale against Inter,” highlighted the Italian tactician. Alongside defender Juan Jesus in their pre-match Press conference, the pair emanated an air of confidence in handling the Welshman and his colleagues.  

In the first meaningful action of the outing Bale towered above Esteban Cambiasso to head the ball into the corner of Samir Handanovic’s net. Stramaccioni could only slump further into his seat as Man-of-the-Match Gylfi Sigurdsson prodded home a Jermain Defoe rebound a mere quarter of an hour later. Ricky Alvarez exemplified the visitors’ collective first half effort when he squandered a simple opportunity.

Stramaccioni’s training ground altercation with Antonio Cassano has proved to be the tipping point of several weeks of tension. Lacklustre performances, coupled with a key injury to first choice forward Diego Milito in the previous round of the competition, have dented the moral in the dressing room, and subsequently stunted the side’s growth in the results department both domestically and in Europe.  

Rodrigo Palacio’s strike after the interval was the only shot Inter registered on target in the entire outing. Captain Javier Zanetti was the single player that provided much needed grit, but it was all in vain as Andre Villas-Boas humiliated his opposition tactically. Walter Gargano could not deal with Mousa Dembele, while youngster Mateo Kovacic was too isolated to make a positive impact.

Cambiasso was once again found wanting from Jan Vertonghen’s header early in the second half, and the goal has all but sealed the Nerazzurri’s fate in the tournament after several signs they might still possess a chance were lost. Despite the fact Bale will be suspended for the second leg after his dive, Spurs have the capabilities to hold out for the result and inflict further damage at San Siro.     

Inter now have to evaluate their immediate future. The momentum for the Champions League places and that coveted third spot has fallen in Milan’s territory. Stramaccioni’s future will also have to be discussed. He may not be to blame for some of the club’s questionable work on the transfer market, but his recent inability to begin matches on the right foot has to be questioned.    

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Have your say...
I imagine the football italia bakery must be handing out a sweet slice of humble pie to the plastic here at the canter. Happy to come along and help out whilst the so called Ladri fans walk up to take their slice, with their tale between their legs.
on the 14th March, 2013 at 9:53pm
As an Interista our performance @ Tottenham was shameful !!! , we looked like a pub team. To think 2 years ago we won the "Treble" , now we can't even beat Bologna at home. A disgrace and very embarrassing...
on the 11th March, 2013 at 8:02pm
@Anonymous who seems like supporting Napoli, you may not realize if I was talking to boss and laughing at his argument. As for Napoli, one spark will never enough, show us some continuity, then (and only then) your argument will makes sense. For now, it's nothing.

Back to Inter, try to shows some respect to your players. do you realize they can get better salary elsewhere with better daily environment? and you insist if unhappy players are able stretch their ability to the max?
on the 11th March, 2013 at 6:47pm
@ BOSS, I'm pretty sure you're the only person on this planet who would consider a 1-0 loss a thrashing. lol.. You really need to stop embarassing yourself. You're not a true fan of the sport and pretty much all of your biased posts prove it. Stick to, really lol!
on the 11th March, 2013 at 5:46pm
I wonder if all you milan fans who are talking about team construction and this being juve's last scudetto realise..... you all bought BALOTELLI..... how long you think before he goes coocoo on you all and damages the entire morale of all those "youngsters" ? Juve's last scudetto? LOL juve would quicker lose it to napoli than milan....
on the 11th March, 2013 at 2:38pm
@paul.stick to football&internal affairs of your own country. the sun might be feeding you stories about berlusco to shroud over the wonderful social injustices that your PM is committing everyday, but stick to football. You're not an Italian voter, and nor did you rise from nothing to become who berlusco is, and PM more times than your opponents. but you and your fellow sun readers need the berlusco myth. it gets you to feel good about yourselves. politics isn't my interest. football is however
on the 11th March, 2013 at 9:50am
@BOSS, do you realize that Milan got more points than Juve on this 2nd half of the season? the 1st half was disastrous because so many players are left. We're building a very young team and this team is younger than Juve. Get your fact straight and don't let yourself slump on fantasy. So if there's any team will end up as dinosaurs, it will be Juve first than Milan. Oh.. and enjoy this season as it'll be your last scudetto.

As for Inter, it just sooo predictable. Do they realize that they treat their player as things? as long as you buy them you think you can do whatever you want? look at Julio Cesar, Sneijder, etc. You treat those players, which were fighting like lion for you glory, just like that? I feel pity for them. You don't respect them as human beings and part of your family, your doomsday is certain closer and closer.
on the 11th March, 2013 at 12:18am
lol hes a laughing stock ive never seen a pm conduct himself the way he has its laughable the whole of europe laughs at him and some of hes outrageous comments the only shock is how he ever got to be prime minister in the first place lol berlusconi.more like fraudlusconi
on the 10th March, 2013 at 10:59pm
@BOSS. We aren't jealous of you at all. after all its you who has obviously had enough to decide to come and watch italian football instead. This is a website dedicated to italian football. if your so called plastic league is so fantastic, then what are you doing here trolling pro Ladri? Berlusco? deep down you british love berlusco. you just cannot stop talking about him.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 9:36pm
@Moh.In my 2nd post on this blog I clearly made mention of Juve's absence from europe as the main reason behind Serie losing a spot to germany. you just repeated what I said. football fans in italy have been taking flares into the stadiums for decades. a flare thrown onto the pitch in anger at a refereeing decision, that accidentally hits dida is not an entire dossier of violence&hooliganism. but obviously too much for someone brought up on chocolate. go watch your local league instead.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 9:33pm

An incident none the less, only the naive & narrow minded would look past that. Its time you get off your high horse, but in your case a donkey to realize Juve brought in the likes of Pirlo & Pogba for nothing.

By the way, isn't it a coincidence that Italy lost its 4th place champions league spot after Juve got demoted & were busy rebuilding, just goes to show what impact Juve had on Italy's co-efficient rankings.

Please think twice before responding....
on the 10th March, 2013 at 8:05pm
Daniel, i don't think juve r the finished article and they probably would get beaten by most cl teams now left. But ultimately, juve r the only Italian team not crying saying "we need to balance books" or "nobody gives us a penalty". We won the league and r doing ok in cl We came back and got our own stadium. We set down the blueprint. Now the other lazy Italian teams want to build their own stadiums cuz juve did it.

As for Milan and inter, they are heading for the same ending as the dinosaurs
on the 10th March, 2013 at 6:35pm
Daniel, i presume ur a Milan supporter. Your interpretation of that game differs 2 mine in that i saw a Milan team lacking in creativity and ultimately knocked out by a mediocre English team.

I agree that juve should have been better against celtic and i think it comes down to the faster British football compared with the sluggish Italian style.

Whilst i criticise juve, they are still far ahead of the other Italian teams. Milan r a team in decline and have been for some time.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 6:31pm
Rosario, 1:34am you post on a Sunday morning? You need to get to your nearest outlet store and purchase a life.

So because the epl is a commercial attraction and has foreign owners that means it lacks authenticity? Right so no Lamborghini can be authentic given its German ownership. Where do idiots like u come from. Don't b jealous because nobody invests in your crap team except some perverted old weird lying cheating dodgy president (berlusconi)
on the 10th March, 2013 at 6:26pm
@Moh.there's the difference between being open minded & highlighting 1 episode to try taint 100years of history. But I don't expect anything else from the anglo-ignorant. A flare gets thrown on the pitch, hits dida and now curva nord are animals! laughable&child like assumptions. winning serie a isn't easy. But spending millions, being able to discard big buys like diego, amauri etc etc, whilst the rest are being frugal only results in the obvious. even roma have won serie a in the past 15yrs.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 2:42pm
LoL said it like a BOSS...

History of zero to no voilence at all, are you sure about that Rosario ??? Because I remember a champions league game being called off after Nelson Dida was hit by a flare & Milan awarded a 3-0 win over Inter.

You must be absolutely deluded to think winning Serie A title is easy. How long it took Carlo Ancelotti to win it compared to the easy premier league.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 1:26pm
Boss, I believe that Spurs would have beaten anyone, including Juve, the other night; they were that good! As much as I like Pirlo, I do wish that he didn't dwell on the ball so much, & get muscled off the ball. I'd hate to think what someone like Dembele would do to him. If Juve play like they did against Celtic, in the 1/4 finals, they will be beaten. I want to see them start on the front foot & be the aggressor.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:39pm
Boss, there was very little between Milan & Spurs in that tie. Milan were poor in the first leg, but bossed the 2nd leg. Juve secured a healthy win over Celtic, but I really was unimpressed with the way that Juve surrendered the initiative over the 2 games. Celtic were the more dominant side on both occasions. Had they been able to finish, it could have been a different story. No disrespect to Celtic, but Juve should not be out passed by an SPL side.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:18pm
@Moh. get off the armchair & go to italy to watch a might learn something about Milan&Inter. Milan&inter are from the same city, and have zero to no history of violence. the rivalry that there is, is fought out on the pitch in a sporting manner. there's nothing wrong with spending money. But the likes of you and your fellow plastic ladri followers are making out that Ladri have achieved something remarkable by winning serie a after spending lavishly for years. europe is the true litmus.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 2:34am
@BOSS. because of trolls like you, I do wish only Italians and match goers followed serie a. thankfully though serie a isn't plastic that is manufactured by russians, american and arabs, so for now it has some authenticity despite the lowering of standards. I've been reading articles on this website for the past part of the last 10years+. you've come out of your hole and began trolling when finally Ladri managed to win something. Let's see how long that lasts before you go back to hibernate.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 2:28am
I am an inter and before the game I knew we were going to get spanked by Spurs. I just dont know how we could have desrtroyed ourselves so quickly from being the champions of Europe. Mistake after mistake has been made sine Mourhino left. The team needed to be slowly adapted with one or two signings a season but our team now is unrecognisable. I understand Moratti has attempted to reduce the wage bill but at what cost. Sorry inter fans but it will be another long wait. Buy Italian!
on the 10th March, 2013 at 2:11am
@ BOSS you should stop gambling you just lost a bet now you want to make another .
give up gambling
on the 10th March, 2013 at 1:01am
@Boss hope you don't go blind in that 1 eye of yours
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:58am
Tomilazio, I'm willing to bet you that if Tottenham played Lazio 100 times the ratio for victories would be in the formers favour.

I stand by my view that the gulf in class between juve and the other Italian teams is huge. That is why juve are now having 2 carry serie a. All u fans of other teams should be dragging your sorry behinds 2 jjb sports and purchase a juventus shirt.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 11:18pm
Wow Milan have not lost since December? Juve went a season unbeaten u plank. We r in the quarters of the cl, we own the league. Ur probably going 2 b booted out of the cl and might not even qualify next year. Cue the borrrring response
on the 9th March, 2013 at 11:12pm
Rosario/Rosie, u need a life your posts seem to come rapidly.

The last time i saw juve play was against celtic. From memory i think spurs thrashed Milan 1-0. Admittedly, if i lost a 1-0 game when I play 5 a side i would not consider that a thrashing. I should have said Tottenham thrashed inter and dominated Milan. Milan were owned by Peter crouch. Unfortunately ur another deluded serie a fan that can't accept that without juve, serie a would be followed in Italy only.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 11:04pm
Its funny, Milan & Inter suppose to be bitter rivals but Rosario makes it sound like they are brother & sister & only Juventus are the enemies.

Before you even comment on spending, Milan wouldn't be where they are without the prime ministers investment & same can be said for Inter without Moratti the oil magnet.

Oh by the way, how many Italians were in the starting 11 of the 2010 champions league final ???
on the 9th March, 2013 at 10:04pm
i dont care about all the other juventus fans that are concerned with their views on italian clubs dominating europe tbh i hope milan get hammered 4 or 5 by barcelona
on the 9th March, 2013 at 7:58pm
what massive spending lol your dreams have been shattered because all the inter roma and milan fans thought juventus would go like leeds when they was demoted but look what happend came back and owned it as per usual and will get even stronger with the revenue from our own stadium lol lol lol i find it laughable all this talk about juventus when they are the example to follow and lets hear no more about cheating when all the of the name callers were all found guilty but get away with a fine.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 7:56pm
Robspurs. As for what Strama said, it may have been a little foolish, because the team is performing poorly. However, they did win the CL only 3 years ago, & numerous league titles-trophies that are foreign to younger Spurs fans. So in some ways, Inter have earned the right to be boastful. Spurs are in a good moment, but have a long way to go before they can be considered a giant, on the pitch. If you are not one of those deluded fans, then I apologise, & commend you for being an exception.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 6:44pm

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