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...
These Juve fans want to talk about the present season? Ok, we beat you 3-1 at your ground when we had our players fully fit to end your pathetic run, nuff said lol
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:05pm
Rosario - were Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina, etc also found guilty in Calciopoli? Yes or no? Case closed.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:05pm
We finally decided to come out of the closet now hey Rosario...

Since when was it Juve's duty to carry the rest of Italy on its shoulders ? As it is they already contributing more then their fair share to the national team.

Oh & when Juve was down & at a low point, who was there mocking & sneering them all the time ??? What goes around comes around, its hard to be on the receiving end especially after years of dishing it out...
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:02pm
@Matteo. Inter succeeded in euro by beating all the top teams. they won the treble and now they have problems. this is football. we call Juve ladri, because that is what they are. But despite this, there's nothing to gloat about. their contribution to Serie A on the euro stage? beaten 3 times in a champ league final, and when they did actually win it, they only managed it on pens vs a selling club in Ajax who were playing teenagers. go comment on Ladri blog. I never comment on ladri blogs.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 5:00pm
lol @ inter fans slagging off juventus i love this especially when all we read about was how great inter are when they beat juventus 3 1 earlier in the season oh how the silence is so so deafening now after that display last night.but that's the difference juventus come back and carry on and re group and win and carryu on winning i love it when inter roma and milan its true that without the aid of a court room you cant win anything.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:59pm
All you Juventus haters should read this. Then comment.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:56pm
Shot dead? The game could have and shouldve been at least 3-1. And there's the irony, a Rubentus fan telling us Interisti not to talk about the past, really? Talk about the "theifs" accusing the innocent. Fact is inter is in transition. As well, there are too many injuries to cope with, period. We interisti are happy to lose last night. With the injuries this squad can barrly cope now. Simple fact. This has nothing to do with juventus or anybody else
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:43pm
Why can't people leaving comments just stick to the blog topic? Every single blog on this site eventually turns into a my mum is better than your mum argument.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:39pm
Rosario - and it seems that you use every blog to call Juventus 'ladri'. Juventus were not the only team involved in Calciopoli. Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina, etc, etc. And we all know that Italian law saved Inter from punishment.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:37pm
every blog gets bombarded by Juve 'fans' who have come out of their resentful holes in the past year. All Ladri have won is a league title for the 1st time in a long time. Juve as a big italian club are every bit to blame for Italy's shambolic loss of a champ league spot to the germans. they haven't even won a trophy on the european stage for over a decade and yet we lost a spot to them. in 2 years, Juve will have gone 20 years without any success in europe. you have nothing to gloat about.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:32pm
JuveFan. don't you have something better to do than come and throw insults at Inter? Losing to a team fighting for champ league football is not exactly the end of the world, especially given Inter's injury issues. Fulham on the other hand are not and will never even been in the top 3 clubs in london, when they trounced Juve a few years ago. A club working on about 1% the budget of Ladri. every team can have a bad day. in the past 3 years inter have won everything. Juve haven't. simple
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:21pm
Inter only had a good time when Juve were in B, and Milan were struggling. Now these teams have regrouped and sorted themselves out.
Inter's first mistake was to hire Benitez, then a succession of managers with no clear idea of tactics and no backing. Moratti did not bring in players to keep a squad competitive. How do you end up playing a game with no front striker, when January window just went by, Brocchi?
Inter only won the Champions league because of Mourinho.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 4:13pm
Daniel Giambrone, why don't you keep your ignorant opinions of others to yourself. You call Spurs fans pretentious, and yet Inter's own manager has said on at least three occasions that his reasoning for thinking his team will get past Spurs is because 'We are Inter'. You don't mention that? Every team has fans who are obnoxious, you are living proof of that. Spurs are no different and don't deserve to have brash generalisations thrown at them by the likes of you.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 3:59pm
@Interisti : yes, 1-4 vs Fulham is bad. But it's history now, you see. Being shot dead 3-0 like this after your coach says something about "it's not inter vs bale" is something new, you got killed by that very man. We're talking about current events, not about history. Grow up.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 3:53pm
Libero - you should give that Palacio piece a read. You should probably have also watched Inter last night - how anyone could see any positives from that game is beyond me. I'd like to know what you think people should be reading today - that's honest question by the way. generally interested in your thoughts as an Inter fan.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 3:31pm
Daniel Stromboni...But inter had Motta sent off wrongly in Camp Nou vs probably the best club side ever assembled didnt they? Samuel, mudingayi, milito, silvestre, nagatomo, are all injured as well. Please do not over dramatize this simple liss which could have and should have been 3-2. The only down point for us interisti is that too many first teamers were used thats all
on the 8th March, 2013 at 3:26pm
I see your website is FootballItalia but have yet to see an unbiased writup about Inter. Everyones great except inter, everyones better than Inter. why dont you hire writers that can write fair pieces! Lets not forget that the Last team to win a Champions league trophy was....Inter and e last team that won the europa/uefa was....Parma but Inter won it the year before them... so please when you talk or write about Inter, do it with RESPECT!! [FI - There was a positive Palacio blog two days ago!!!!]
on the 8th March, 2013 at 3:06pm
Am i the only Inter fan who was hoping for this result?
on the 8th March, 2013 at 3:01pm
Alvarez seems scared of himself and needs time to develop, cassano was awful last night too was getting simple passes wrong, he is also not a centre forward nor is palacio, we need an experienced strong finisher, from that performance I do not have much hope for 3rd place, who is making our signings as they are not good enough none have been a quality addition apart from maybe gaurin and cassano when his not lazing around! Palacio is a good impact player that's all!! Changes need to be made!!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 2:43pm
Just to state I'm an inter fan but last night was one of the most embarrassing displays iv seen for inter, there was no hunger or quality anywhere apart from handanovic, I don't even know what system we attempted to play last night but didn't work at all out wide we got dominated and the sliced us through the middle way to easy too! Pereira is one of the worst players iv seen in an inter jersey, chivu isn't far behind, juan is a good centre back not wing back! Middle of the park is lacking too..
on the 8th March, 2013 at 2:37pm
Interisti, Juve were 1 up in that game, & then wrongly had Cannavaro sent off. Buffon wasn't in goal & his sub was awful. Juve were terrible that night, a weak shadow. Anyway, most of us objective Italian footy fans wanted Inter to win. But those Inter fans expecting big summer signings may end up disappointed; isn't the club heavily in the red? Am I alone in thinking that Cassano was Inter's best player, along with the keeper?
on the 8th March, 2013 at 2:18pm
Seriously doubt Strama makes it beyond this season, he is hugely tactically inept, he has bought no playing style to Inter as we have been poor in almost every game this season, relying on individual brilliance in most of our wins. Individually he has not improved any of our players - our players can't play simple passes, our transfer policy has been awful for a few years now even before Strama so that maybe isn't his fault. I hate sacking a manager but he has to go...
on the 8th March, 2013 at 2:18pm
Mind you, a 3-0 loss where alvarez and palacio missed made goals, is not a bad result. Of course a 4-1 loss to Fulham when leading 3-1 on aggregate already woukd be much more embarassing i think. Just a thought
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:54pm
Looking ahead, it seems we have some good looking signings lined up for the summer but I think we need to find the right coach to bring it all together, Diego Simeone has my vote. Now the Europas gone from us lets hope we can snatch 3rd from under Milans noses. FORZA INTER PER SEMPRE!!!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:48pm
I'm a born and bred Juve fan, but in European competition I root for every Serie A team. Watching yesterday, I think Inter lacks player unity and team direction. Cassano said he'd never play for Juve because he can't be a "little soldier." That mentality is part of Inter's problem -- they're divided, they don't know who they are or where they're going, so they're going nowhere fast. Coaches/managers/players shouldn't disregard the psychology of a team. I'm still rooting for them. :-)
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:44pm
Continued... Yes the players arent performing but the lack of deffensive and general organisation, lack of shape and cohesion, and maybe worst of all, lack of desire/fight are mainly down to the coach. At the end of last season when we had a settled group of players(ish) Strama was in his element, but now he has to build from the ground up he is out of his depth.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:42pm
Finishing 3rd is far more important than the Europa league, but despite this, Inter should be putting the effort into winning this having gone so far. But they're as good as gone now, only coefficiant(which is quite good this season) to play for now.

Douglas(bosman, I think) Nainggolain and Leandro Damaio would be a start for Inter. And get Chivu out. He should have been gone years ago.

Italy need Milan and Lazio to go through next week.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:40pm
Spurs were just way too sharp and better on the ball than Inter. Inter and Italian teams in general need to invest in better players on the ball not just hard workers who will stick to a tactical system
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:39pm
Pathetic. Ive tried to give Strama some slack considering the problems with injuries but last night was simply the worst performance by a manager Ive seen at this level. Firstly, trying to match Spurs' formation was suicidal when their players are far more athletic/mobile. Second, the line up he picked was asking for a hiding, Chivu is awful, Juan is not a wing back, Cassano is not a CF and Kovacic was dropped in the deep end. More to come...
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:31pm
Well last night battering shows that we are way far behind in European football. If spurs can batter us 3-0 easily at white hart lane without too much stress I think we need to realize that out team lacks quality and we are way off the decent teams in Europe. Inter has got too many average players in my opinion and that is one of the reasons why we can't come out on top when we play decent teams in Europe. Forza Inter!!!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:29pm

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