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Monday September 14 2015
Derby win shows Inter’s maturity

Inter’s 1-0 win over city rivals Milan in the Derby della Madonnina was an important sign of maturity from Roberto Mancini’s team, writes Varun Mathure.

It may not have been the most emphatic of derby wins for Inter, but their triumph over Milan on Sunday night was certainly one which tasted sweeter than many victories before. Not only did it maintain the team’s 100 per cent record to start the season, but it also was a hard-fought victory against their cross-city rivals.

Despite winning their first two games, there were still a few question marks around the overall performance of the Nerazzurri against Atalanta and Carpi. Some of these problems were to be expected, as a team with seven to eight new starters will always take time to gel and understand each other.

However, victory against the Rossoneri was notable for the way the team fought for each other in the closing stages of the game in a bid to hang on to their one-goal lead. The grit and determination that Mancini had bemoaned was missing in this side, has now been in evidence more than ever before over the starting few weeks of this new campaign.

This is a team which has time and again frozen on the biggest stage, and failed to convert an opportunity into a result. Whereas, this season the two late goals against Atalanta and Carpi, as well as the gritty defensive display in the last half an hour of the Derby go to show that the team is finally on the right track.

The atmosphere at the club also seems to be different as players are now fighting till the very last minute and increasing their level of performance. Juan Jesus has transformed himself into a solid left-back, who is capable of covering for the centre-backs if needed. His last minute tackle on Luiz Adriano in the first half was vital for the Nerazzurri.

Match-winner Fredy Guarin has his fair share of critics and is still inconsistent in his displays, but the improvement from the Colombian under Mancini is unmistakeable. The former Manchester City manager has continued to show belief in the midfielder and he is being duly rewarded for his faith. Guarin was decisive against Carpi and once again he showed his worth here.

Another player who typified this new Inter by his absence was Andrea Ranocchia. Until last season, the Italian would have definitely featured in this game particularly with the injury to Miranda. However, now Mancini finally has the squad to not play under-performing players out of compulsion and a lack of choice. Gary Medel acquitted himself well enough in the centre-back role.

Inter now sit alone at the top of the table for the first time in five years, and can already boast an eight-point cushion over Juventus, seven-point gap to Napoli and a six-point advantage over Milan. Even Mancini would not have imagined such a scenario at the start of the new campaign. Better still for Nerazzurri fans, is the fact that the room for improvement in this team is still massive.

The attacking trio of Ivan Perisic, Stevan Jovetic and Mauro Icardi may not have clicked against Milan, but there were glimpses during the game of what they could conjure. And this is without considering the option of also playing Adem Ljajic in the same line-up as a Hail Mary option. Felipe Melo already proved why Mancini wanted him as badly as he did with a hard as nails display.

The future certainly looks bright for this new-look Inter side, and Mancini will now hope that they continue to excel this way at second-placed Chievo next week. If they manage to overcome the Flying Donkeys too, this season may just start to signal the start of something special for the Beneamata.

Have your say...
As an Inter fan, to this blog writer, I say, don't get carried away.

3 games is nothing to cheer about at all. Juve have 1 point and in the Premier league, Chelsea are near relegation.

Will the above teams end their seasons in these positions? No. I'd bet anything on it.

The derby was equal, it could have gone either way, the match wasn't an example of Inter's skill or maturity.

On a happier note, the derby definitely delivered an entertaining game with lots of end-to-end opportunities.
on the 16th September, 2015 at 11:36am
@Baggio

Your bias is so obvious it shames other Juve fans out there.

Saying inter haven't made any good signings is just so ignorant.

As much as I dont like to admit it, Miranda is world class and Murillo looks to be a steal. Perisic and jovetic are 2 really smart signings.

Inter is strong this season so it will be tough for our boys but I believe in our team. Look forward to a tight title race with Roma and inter this year.

Forza Juve!!!!
on the 16th September, 2015 at 6:01am
@Baggio:Inter lucky three times this season?? Luck does not come so often in life. Inter spat blood till the dying minutes to achieve those victories. They deserved that. You said Miha made mistake by subbing Bacca. Well Miha is Inter reject and mediocre coach anyway. He never deliver high level football, just deal with it!! You dare to talk about Kondogbia 40m transfer, just see your Milan who overpaid to buy Bertolacci and Romagnoli for almost 50m. Galliani is really a genius transfer guru.LOL
on the 16th September, 2015 at 3:23am
After inter scored they decided to defend their lead by sitting back. Felt that we could have gone for another goal to kill game off, but forced Milan to change their game away from their counter attack. Lets not forget that Inter was dominating possession 60-40 until after they scored. They still came out on top despite sitting behind the ball defending for the last 20.
on the 16th September, 2015 at 1:31am
Football Is A Cruel Sport Its Winning Is Not About Who Played The Prettiest Football Who Had The Most Shot ItS About Who Has The Most Goals At The End Of The Game It Requires Both Defense And Offense To Get A Result Score The Most Keep Your Oppenent From Scoring And You Deserve The Victory. Milan Played For The Counter The Whole Time Before Inter Scored Then Thoses Clear Cut Chances Came Through Individual Plays Not Team moves The Score At The End Of 90 Minutes Read Inter 1-0 Milan Enough Said
on the 16th September, 2015 at 1:25am
Kondogbia is learning to play a more attacking position, he has still shown great potential so far, and bacca the best signing? He wasn't as good as you said bar a couple of chances. Thats why he was taken off. Wasn't involved enough. Living in dream world. And Inter's best signing so far is Jovetic, if you think Bacca has shown more this season than you're just a deluded fan boy. Yes the game was close but Icardi also missed 2 EASY chances, guarin missed header, we sat back after we scored.
on the 16th September, 2015 at 1:23am
Sure Interista, keep telling that to yourself. Let's talk in few rounds, you will not have this luck in all games. You won two previous games in dying miuntes. And you were lucky against Milan as well. Garbage players, Bacca is better signing than any of your signings, it was misstake by Miha to replace him yesterday. He has already introduced himself against inter in presason. Only class signing that inter got is Kondogbia who didnt look worth the 40m that you splashed on him.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 8:15pm
Baggio is another sore loser. Your team sucks, you keep signing garbage players. Deal with it.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 5:48pm
Wow all the praising Inter got. Milan was only poor finishing and a post away from drawing or wining the game. Lucky win for inter is what it is(in a very tight game). One wondergoal from Guarin was the only difference. Their defence was clumsy, attackers dull, only midfield was ok. While in Milan Adriano was very bad at finishing, milan should have been 2-0 up in first 15 minutes alone was it not for Adrianos poor finishing.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 5:16pm
@Chalon, exactly, this was the first time Perisic, Jovetic, and Icardi played a match together, and it was a high pressure game. Not to mention this was Melo's first game for us, and the first game Medel has played in defense for us. I'm not getting ahead of myself, but I can imagine how much better the team would be by the second half of the season.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 5:09pm
@Viktor Not only did Inter have way more chances that you say, but Inter got 3 players playing for the first time for this team and a new defense and we still got the 3 points, which is what matters most. We are getting the results even though our attack is not yet playing at full potential. You are not analyzing the game properly and then you tell people they have never played in their lives? Please, your butthurt makes you pathetic.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 3:47pm
@Maggot, Ranocchia is complete garbage, I hope the club has given up on him and hopefully he'll move on in January. If only we had sold him to Juve back when Conte wanted him......
on the 15th September, 2015 at 2:48pm
Victor is still a sore loser I see. One attempt lol.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 2:46pm
@ Di Rocco - with the exception of Roma, Inter will not be playing any "real teams" until next season....unless they play some friendlies in the winter break.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 11:55am
@ Viktor - you are living in a parallel universe it seems where Milan were like they were in 1992. It was a tight game Inter won, no controversy, they took one of their chances. After the goal Milan had to change from counter attach to pressurising and failed, Inter defence dealt with everything and Milan had to rely on Mario shooting from long range. Now get over it it is only 3 points.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 11:53am
Viktor - That is now three messages on three different blogs saying the exactly the same thing... Get over it. I was wondering about the Medel choice in defence. I am convinced that it is because he offered a bit more pace to counter the likes of Luiz Adriano and Bacca. I don't think he has given up on Ranochia, at least I hope not.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 11:20am
@Viktor

The thing that has been impressive about inter is not its play but it's ability grind out undeserved wins.

They have played pretty poorly but just keep bagging the 3 pts. When they do eventually settle the new players in we could start to see a formidable team.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 11:10am
Viktor.. Milan pushed throughout the game? You really must be a Milan fan with that statement... Bad taste in your mouth, eh?
on the 15th September, 2015 at 11:06am
@Viktor

Milan pushing all game and then Inter being able to take advantage of that is a sign of the naivety in the Milan team, which is shameful because Inter were the younger team on display (I think?). It's hardly the most glamorous victories you'll see, but when you're playing Bacca and Adriano as strikers and cant score you have to look at yourself.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 10:49am
So are we giving Inter cred for having 1 good attempt (Icardi) and a solo effort by guarin who scored even tho milan pushed throughout the game?

fair result? I think not.

Anyone who claims different is utterly wrong.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 6:19am
Hmm...Seems to be Handanovic is the real hero this game. Lets wait until Inter play a real team before we get ahead of ourselves here.
on the 15th September, 2015 at 4:34am

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