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.    

Have your say...
Spurs will have tough time in Meazza next week...
this one is not over...
Forza Inter!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:02pm
I would just like to point out that I am not a Spurs fan. They have the most pretentious fans in world football-thinking that they are bigger & more historically successful than they actually are. I was angry with Inter, but felt sorry for Strama. This seasons transfer campaign has been terrible, leaving him with extremely limited options up front. I hope that the young Croat, doesn't suffer to much, that was a terrible baptism. Personally, I wouldn't have played him in such a big game so soon.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 1:02pm
Inter were poor, but Spurs were outstanding! IMO Spurs have been the best footballing team in the BPL this season. Had they not been sloppy on a few occasions, they could have put in a title challenge. Utd are winning by default, due to their inconsistent rivals, & potent strike force-they are not a great team! As for Inter, they league position flatters them. They have been unconvincing all season, & always surrender the initiative to their opponents-because of their poor possession.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 12:54pm
Enough! No more average manager, no more average player! Inter should be boss by a great manager and fill with world class player if they are too be great again!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 12:51pm
Inter where a disgrace to our football. Spurs will increase there agg lead next week. Inter need to give everything next week, playing for pride now. Inter where very lucky it wasnt a lot more than 3. What a joke. 2010 must seem a long time ago to inter fans. Well done juve and lazio, hope milan finish job next week.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 12:41pm
This is what happens when you only have x2 Italian players in the team! no passion just disjointed minds. It was embarrasing too watch from an Italian stand point but no skin off my nose I'm a Juve man and proud!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 12:36pm
Its a good loss and will further the CL chase. Too many injuries, no team can cope with. Get the CL spot and re-group next year and pray for a healthy squad. Strama sei grande. Trebles are won on the pitch, on the pitch. Mai in B
on the 8th March, 2013 at 12:20pm
Oh how the tables have turned... Its such an almighty shame Inter can't do well without a court room handing them silverware :)
on the 8th March, 2013 at 11:59am
After the great performances by Juve, Lazio and the quite stunning Milan display vs Barca. Inter were an absolute disgrace, they showed no hunger, no desire and no quality whatsoever. I can only hope that they try to save face in the 2nd leg.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 11:58am
Embarrassing performance by Inter last night, the only one who could say they were happy with their performance is Handanovic. As an Italian living in the UK I always have to defend our football but with that it’s difficult. I hope Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Catania ensure this shambles of a side don’t make European competition next year. . .
on the 8th March, 2013 at 11:50am
As an Inter fan who also watches the Premier League, I didn't expect Inter to win this, infact I could see this result coming. It frustrates me that Strama is taking the stick for this, I have been impressed with him so far at the club. His opposite number last night AVB endured a nightmare at Chelsea, but with the patience at Spurs he is flourishing again. Strama needs time and patience, afterall previous to him many experienced coaches have fared far worse with better Inter sides than this.
on the 8th March, 2013 at 11:40am
Inter are so poor I was laughing, they are a laughing stock of Italian football! Moratti can only blame hiself for cutting to many costs, poor coach poor players. when you have Juan Jesus and Jonathan on the pitch your struggling. Stramma should resign go back to caochng youth teams. He should play Silvestre too go to be better than Chivu. Lack ideas and ave noting to offer, Spurs will win in Milan im thiking a 5-0 agg score line!
on the 8th March, 2013 at 11:20am

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