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...
Robspurs, I apologise if I offended you, but from my experience Spurs fans come across as being the most deluded out there. Many that I know, and many that I hear on the radio often make ridiculous claims-that they are bigger than Arsenal, & other clubs who have won many more trophies, than them; including league titles.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 5:28pm
@kuplex. I didn't bring up Calciopoli. I was answering questions from Ladri fans who almost make it out that Juve were conquering europe and the world before calciopoli. 3 richest team in the world apparently and also very high up in the uefa rankings, but for some reason no european trophies to show for it for nearly 20years. win serie A after massive spending and huge squad turnover, then spend another 50 million this summer, and now they are painted as the saviors by the plastic here.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 3:35pm
@Rosario : talking about Calciopoli? Have u read FIGC latest investigation? Check out who are the real criminal who got away with stature of limitation? Both Milan and Inter! While Juve didn't commit anything near criminality as Milan and Inter did.. Pathetic.. Please don't bring up Calciopoli and play as innocent club while u are the real criminal..
on the 9th March, 2013 at 2:02pm
Oh great, another clueless guest blogger. Tottenham take this seriously because English clubs still have the mentality that any trophy, no matter how minor, is worth going for, which is why the small teams all go all-out for the FA Cup and the Paint Cup or whatever it's called now at the expense of their league campaigns. Inter are trying to make the Champions League and obviously didn't throw a full effort at the Europa League.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 1:09pm
wait until juventus spend their revenue from their OWN STADIUM on players. your all forgetting that juventus are ripping the league apart without a 20 plus striker so what would happen if they get one or two your all worried sick about this.i dont know about lorientes but i dont think he will be the only player coming to juventus next season
on the 9th March, 2013 at 12:32pm
@BOSS Spurs would easily beat any Italian team apart from Juve? Ha! You are obviously forgetting that Lazio at least matched them in London and could have won but for some bad luck at times, and should have beaten them at the Olimpico. You should watch football some time.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 12:21pm

Listen lil child. I know your attempts to create controversy is the highlight of th day/week for you. However for your own good lets just crunch th numbers. Acm have done ( and I'm being humble now) just as good as juve. They had a disastrous start but know are not track. Juve are getting more and more familiar with playing in Europe, I'm excited and thrilled for the sake of them. However, and this is my enlightenment to you, Milan haven't lost since December 2012. Now go back to school
on the 9th March, 2013 at 9:01am
@BOSS you forget Lazio were in their group ,finished 1st and had 2 draws against Tottenham
on the 9th March, 2013 at 6:14am
@BOSS. Your posts are a delight to read from a comedy point of view. When did you last leave the comfort of your armchair and ESPN / SKY to go to Italy and actually watch your beloved Juve? they have plenty of trolls all over italy, but I'm sure they can do with your wonderful Anglo-ignorant opinions. Aw and whilst you're at it. Can you please remind me by just how many goals did spurs 'thrashed' Milan by?
on the 9th March, 2013 at 1:14am
@Frank. Learn to read&write. Lazio, Inter&Milan have FARED* better in europe since Juve stumbled over the line vs Ajax. this is a fact because all 3 clubs have won euro trophies since Juve's last win. before / after calciopoli? what is your point exactly? calciopoli happened and ladri were sent to serie B in disgrace. what did they do with their riches in europe before calciopoli? they were winning european trophies in the ten years between 96 and 06? NO. they chocked in 3 finals.
on the 9th March, 2013 at 1:09am
@anonymous. cheating isn't ok. being punished for your wrongs in the past means you have the right to continue with life. But to try and blame others for your own mistakes, bullying referees, painting yourself as the victim and having coaches banned for months for knowledge of match fixing is not a constructive attitude. I have respect for Ladri, and their achievements over the past season. but fans who come on here to rub salt into wounds of others are the type who give football a bad name.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 11:01pm
Angelo Trofa I applaud your assessment and agree. Strama needs time and I hope Moratti continues to give him it. I too was not surprised at the result against Spurs but it's not the end of the world, (though quite probably the end of the Europa League campaign). Inter are a team in transition and stability is important in this period. Realistic fans temper their expectations and I have no doubt Inter will rise again. Interisti and I include myself need to be patient. Forza inter.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 10:47pm
@ inter 247 lol lol lol as i said if juve had a decent striker the game would of been over before you even got in juves half keep mocking juventus will be spending in the summer,you along with the majority of teams in italy will be selling their players not that you would have many takers with the players you have there doubt they would get into the 3rd tier of most leagues.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 10:36pm
I am disgusted with last night! Moratti seems to have lost interest in building another dynasty, even admitting he would sell at the right price. Strama is a tactical mess, and the players are either too slow or not good enough. Regardless of the Cassano row, Inter FC should never of been humiliated is that way! The only players to emerge with any credit were Handanovic, Zanetti, Cassano, Juan Jesus and Palacio. Cambiasso looks shot, and Alvarez plays pathetic! Things need to change ASAP!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 9:09pm
3-0 flattered Inter. If Spurs had a striker worthy of the name they could easily have won by 5 or 6.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 7:37pm
Prescritti, 1-4 to Fulham is history just as the 2010 CL was. Get over it, you suck now - we are the champions of Italy NOW and will be in may again. Possibly even more. 
on the 8th March, 2013 at 7:16pm
Is anyone surprised by this result? The gulf in class between juve and every other Italian team is enourmous. In fact I'm willing to bet Tottenham could dispatch any Italian team with ease bar juve. They have already thrashed both Milanese teams in recent years.

Juve at the moment are carrying Italy. It's hard for juve, other leagues have more then just one great team. Italy only has 1. That is why Italy r not going 2 get that fourth spot. But hu cares wen teams like inter waste it neway
on the 8th March, 2013 at 6:53pm
Actually Rosario I'm not surprised there's no blog about Juve's qualification to the quarter finals of the UCL, because they made it look so easy yet the haters talk about cheating.

Juve fans are proud of their teams achievement & progress. Not many clubs can come back after being robbed by the courts, demoted & seeing their rivals gloat at their expense, give credit where its due instead of looking to nit pick at every opportunity you get.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 6:49pm
Inter miss like diamati, poli, lodi, i mean italian artist
on the 8th March, 2013 at 6:23pm
Don't understand why most of the comments have flown off the point and the inter spurs game. They lost, end of.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 6:11pm
and the 4th highest coeffiecient in Europe as well and your inter was nowhere close to us. Not only that but since the 70's Juve have always made it to a CL finals in every decade. Also there are only 5 clubs in Europe who has contested the same or more Eruopean Cup/CL final than us that is Real Madrid, Milan, Barca, Bayern Munchen and Liverpool.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 6:09pm
@Rosario LMAO! Inter and Lazio have feared better in Europe than Juve? Show your stupidity! Facts before calciopoli when was the last time inter actually got to the CL Finals? Go all the way back to the early 70s. Before calciopoli Serie A was 2nd in uefa coeffiecients because Juve was consistenty making it to the last 8 and beyond. Look at the uefa CL all-time table we stand 7 on it even after suffering after the scandal. Before the scandal Juve was the 3rd richest club in Europe....
on the 8th March, 2013 at 6:02pm
Rosario - oh right. cheating a little is ok. I understand.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:36pm
@Anonyomous. Milan were found guilty and were punished. But they were not demoted to Serie B, and nor were they locking up referees in toilets. As a proud Lombard, Milan is my club but I have immense respect for Atalanta and Brescia. the issue here is not so much who was punished, but the exact reasoning for the cheek of the plastic ones like you who come here to rub salt into wounds of defeated sides. what have Juve done in europe to be on such a high and mighty pedestal? what exactly?
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:33pm
Rosario. Just two questions that I'd like a yes or no answer to. 1] Do you support Milan? 2] Were Milan found guilty in Calciopoli? Yes or no answers please. Yes or no.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:26pm
@Anonyomous. Milan, Inter and Lazio have managed to succeed on the european stage. Judges or no judges, Juve haven't comprehensively won a european final since I was a baby. You can accept the tag of thieves or not, but surely you aren't saying Inter and Milan thieved their way to european glory. 3 champ league finals - 3 defeats. the one final they did win, rijkaard was returning to retire at Ajax and David was still a toddler. but still couldn't win in 90mins. what do you want recognition for?
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:21pm
juve was the only team punished in Calciopoli all the other teams including INTER went unpunished i dont call a fine punishment and btw inter was found guilty for sporting fraud but you can keep those titles because its the only silver ware you will get close to in the next 20 years oh and you won them in the court room and you was found guilty for sporting fraud but you keep them they must of felt sorry for you lot but enough of cheating juve ppl who live in glass houses should not throw stones
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:13pm
Rosario - you support Milan. A club found guilty in Calciopoli. A club who won the Champions League because the sporting judges couldn't do the maths. Juventus Ladri? You have a selective memory. And Matteo owned you!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:13pm
lol keep slagging on juventus i love it when you do you know jealousy and envy gets you no where in life,the national team would be no where without juventus milan are run by a corrupt politicians that clearly have a clue about football inter are what they are along with roma a disgrace cant win nothing badly run clubs always moaning about juventus when they should be following their example you might win something if you did,then again juve will buy big next year so you lot will fail again.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:09pm
@Moh. go back thru all the blogs on this site over the past 6 years, and you won't see a single comment on a Ladri blog. why? because i have no interest talking about thieves. 1st. I'm not an Inter fan. 2nd. you coming here to insult a team that has just been beaten is pathetic. more so because you or any other plastic juve fan have nothing to gloat about. you won serie A? well done. spent 50 million this summer, and you want to jump on the streets after beating celtic? nothing to gloat about.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:08pm

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