Friday August 1 2014
New season, new Inter hope?

Inter have opted for evolution rather than revolution this summer, as Varun Mathure considers their status ahead of the new season.

It has by no means been a quiet summer in Italian football. Italy's shock group stage exit from the World Cup and Antonio Conte’s as yet unexplained departure from Juventus have certainly been the main headline grabbers.

However, things have been fairly low-key at Inter where the club has opted for evolution over revolution despite the somewhat disappointing previous campaign. The departure of the Argentine contingent has left behind a hole in the squad that is now being filled in a calculated manner.

Nemanja Vidic was the chief arrival for the new season, but the Serbian was already signed back in February. French midfielder Yann M’Vila, who was once subject of interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, arrived on loan from Rubin Kazan.

Inter President Erick Thohir’s penchant for the Premier League is well known, and the Nerazzurri’s next targets are in England with both Gary Medel of Cardiff and former Roma frontman Dani Osvaldo close to joining the club.

In the two big friendlies the Serpenti have played so far, Coach Walter Mazzarri, who signed a one-year contract extension until the end of the 2016 season, has stuck with a three-man defence. Vidic has played alongside Juan Jesus and new club captain Andrea Ranocchia.

Mazzarri spoke in the close season of trailing a back-four, but the arrival of Brazilian youngster Dodo and early pre-season work indicates that his preference will be perfecting the 3-5-2. Mateo Kovacic, of whom so much is expected, is yet to feature and he would be the key in bringing creativity to the midfield.

The start of the Serie A season is still a month away, but Inter's first competitive game will be the Europa League play-off round tie in three weeks' time. For once, it looks like Inter are eager to tie up most of their transfer activity fairly early.

With many of the arrivals seemingly already sorted, technical director Piero Ausilio will also be looking to clear out some of the deadwood in the squad. The likes of Ezequiel Schelotto, Joel Obi, Matias Silvestre and even Diego Laxalt are players who will likely be sourced out.

Off the pitch, Thohir's management team has also grown with Michael Bolingbroke and Dan Chard joining the commercial team with a view to increase Inter's revenue stream. A new club logo was also unveiled earlier this summer symptomatic of the new management’s wide-reaching aims for change, though one could spend hours spotting the difference between the two.

The club has made steady progress so far this summer, and the strategy is one of consolidation. It is still too early to make any predictions, but the target this year seems to be to get as close to a top three spot as possible.

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Have your say...
It will be quite a season i can't wait!!
on the 7th August, 2014 at 4:55pm
Don't worry about Kuz staying, he has a contract and accepts his role on the bench. With the new arrivals in midfield, hopefully we won't see him too much on the pitch. I would rather see Obi or more of Khrin!

Mazzarri said he starts with 3-5-2 in pre-season so new arrivals can learn to defend 3 at the back, and then he will also teach them with 4 at the back. So one can also expect 4-3-3! I wouldn't be surprised if we swap Guarin with Chicharito...

on the 7th August, 2014 at 9:13am
I do not believe kuz will be selected much m'vila got less time in the friendlies cause he was new that position on the field will be a battle between medel and m'vila. 352 will almost certainly be the preferred formation realistically the formation for the start of the season will be:
Rano. Vidic. JJ
Johnny. Kova. Hernanes naga
Palacio. Icardi
on the 6th August, 2014 at 12:21am


This would be my preferred first and second line-ups. Wishful thinking but if we can add Hernandez to our squad, Walter should start thinking about a different formation to his usual 3-5-2
on the 5th August, 2014 at 1:27pm
It is a slow transition and a lot of the further improvements for the coming season will be on Mazzarri's decision making. There are certain players who are still worrying to see selected - Kuzmanovic, Osvaldo - and some who need to be deployed consistently and in the right tactical setup - D'Ambrosio, Kovacic. Chicharito would be useful addition to the squad.
on the 5th August, 2014 at 1:24pm
two pre-season meaningless wins, and look they're all coming of the cracks of walls.. lol..
on the 4th August, 2014 at 7:24am
@the INTERism Bravo and beautifully said. FORZA!
on the 3rd August, 2014 at 11:38am
not like any other fans, inter fans has a cult, some kind of religion hide behind the holliness of the blue stripes, one thing to worship today and believe tomorrow another, to disbelieve today, and never look back, if you live in Denmark or USA, if you are staying in Japan or south africa, if you are east or west, and you saw an inter goal and jumped up and down, congratulation you are truly a fan, you share a tear your share a laughter, and memory of 2010 victor no Italian side ever achieved.
on the 3rd August, 2014 at 9:58am
I am really enthusiastic about the new season, who knows Inter may even be awarded a penalty?
on the 2nd August, 2014 at 11:34am
@interista kova will be a starter right now no one wants to risk him as he's injured and as the youth goes icardi Juan Jesus kova m'vila all still very young and definite starters Taider looks to be on the way out and obi is a sub at best the only good thing about Osvaldo is he's coming on a free and OPTION to buy the squad looks good I hope d'ambrosio gets a real chance at starting. The only big fear I have is kuz is still an inter player and mazzarri's man love for Jonathan
on the 2nd August, 2014 at 12:17am
- Mazzarri needs to give youngsters more chances, how can you not find the proper role for Kovacic + start him most games is beyond me! Same goes for likes of Taider, Obi..otherwise the Coutinho scandal will inevitably happen again.
p.s. this website and esp this blog comments section, while great, it really needs to modernize urgently...its a simple investment, use some of the advertising revenue to hire a decent website developer to bring this great website into the 21st Century!
on the 1st August, 2014 at 6:09pm
Nice to read an article about Inter for once + also nice that it's neutral for once!
- evolution not revolution.
- refreshed board, new ideas and modern strategy.
- decent player reinforcements and getting rid of dead wood.
Negatives so far:
- could be too much focus on commercial side at expense of sporting one, Thohir needs to realise succcess on pitch comes first and rest will follow.
- 352 formation will get us nowhere but Mazzari is v stubborn, so he could pay price for this.
on the 1st August, 2014 at 5:59pm
Pretty excited about the season but keeping myself from any expectations as i don't think this is the squad to be competing for a scudetto and I'm okay with that. At this point, I'd rather build and pave a way to get to a better point and not try to rush things or pick up 10 more managers. My biggest issue is Osvaldo. Never liked him, as a player or personality. Still hoping we could pick up Hernandez.
on the 1st August, 2014 at 5:35pm
@Chibuzo Well said! This is where things went wrong under Moratti, doesn't matter how much money you throw at the squad if the suits aren't pulling their weight. The board reshuffle was well overdue and now the club will be run how a modern club should be. So far, very happy with the signings, this wont be a scudetto standard squad but 3rd IS possible so long as everyone works hard, there are few injuries and Walter doesn't have any tactical meltdowns. FORZA INTER!!!
on the 1st August, 2014 at 4:49pm
It'll be good to see an improved Inter. Italy needs it. And i love the home kit.
on the 1st August, 2014 at 4:32pm
Forza Inter
on the 1st August, 2014 at 4:15pm
Not sure about Osvaldo as Martinez or Hernandez would have been a more reliable bet, but he might do ok.

They need to wrap up Medel too, he'll give them cover in a few positions.

Ranocchia - Vidic - Medel
Nagatomo - Hernanes - M'Vila - Dodo
Palacio - Icardi
on the 1st August, 2014 at 2:10pm
Inter's preference for an evolution rather than a revolution is only on paper. Drastic and well calculated changes has occurred since Thohir's arrival. The planned reduction in average age, reduced wage bill and vigorous attempt at increasing revenue is clearly in motion. Experts in branding and revenue generation has been brought in and the overall squad quality is definitely better than it was 12 months ago. Inter is growing.
on the 1st August, 2014 at 12:54pm

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