Thank God it’s over. What sense does it make to have these one-off, glorified friendly matches? Absolutely none! There's no need for us Inter fans to get all hot a bothered about losing this match. So what if we lost the sextuple. If you didn’t notice, this “sextuple” is made up of 3 useless trophies: the Domestic Super Cup (that I only enjoyed because we got to stuff Roma), the European Super (waste of time), and the FIFA Club World Cup (i.e. The Mickey Mouse Cup that takes rest time away from exhausted players during Christmas).
Think I’m sounding bitter about losing? I’m actually not. This was a game that I felt should not take place. Our season already comprises of 50+ matches, and why should we be subjected to playing more meaningless ones. On Monday we'll be playing our first REAL competitive match of the season against Bologna. I called this the only real match as it contributes points towards winning the Scudetto at the end of the season (i.e. a real title).
Sadly, what I’ve now noticed is that the Bologna game will be our third game in 9 days. That’s terribly unfortunate especially after a World Cup summer. Most of our players took part in the WC and hardly had any vacation time. Limited Vacation Time = Limited Rest.
I’m certain that some of you are thinking about players such as Milito whom didn’t feature for their national team during the World Cup. He was still training and traveling. If I’m not mistaken, Diego has traveled more than any other player in our squad and its showing. His reflexes are terribly off and his finishing is absolutely dire. Someone on TheOffside said that it looks like Milito is playing with the weight of the World on his shoulders. Let’s remember that Diego is no spring chicken. He’s 31 and he’s never experienced such a heavy workload in his career. I guess what I’m trying to get at is try not to jump on El Principe’s back as he’s obviously under some stress. Give him time and I’m sure he’ll be back to his World beating best.
When Milito misses a penalty you know its just not your day
Back to the game. It was an atrocity. That was the worst Inter performance I’ve seen in years. I’m putting the not-so-Super Cup match in the category with that Catania game from last season, and the Atalanta loss from the season before last. I don’t think I could blame Rafa’s tactics too much even though I wouldn’t have started Deki. What I will blame for this debacle is the player’s attitudes and drive. They seemed totally disinterested and seemed as though they were playing a friendly. To win a game, players must play with passion and hunger, two things that were lacking from our performance.
I’m not even going to go into individual player performances as I could go on for days on what’s wrong with us right now. Collectively, the squad deserves a rating of 2 out of 10. Positives? The performances of both Samuels, Coutinho and Chivu’s play after they scored their first goal. I hope that Cris showed you guys that he is highly capable of playing the LB position when he feels like it.
I guess we're just going to have win the UCL to get another shot at this Cup
Congrats to Atletico Madrid on their Super Cup victory as they clearly wanted and deserved it.