soccernet blog
FC Inter Milan
November 28, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/28/2010

After an early scare, Inter came from 1-0 down to beat Parma 5-2 at San Siro thanks to a Dejan Stankovic's hat-trick. It looks as an easy win but it was not. It could have been 5-5. Inter now trail Serie A leaders AC Milan by seven points after Rossoneri drew 1-1 at Sampdoria on Saturday.

November 25, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/25/2010

Inter's five-match winless run was halted by a hard fought victory over Twente. Estaban Cambiasso's 55 minutes goal sent the Uefa Champions League holders into the last 16 and lifted some pressure on Benitez.
Orlandoni, Biraghi, Santon, Nwankwo, Crisetig, Natalino, Thiago Motta. This was Inter's bench against the Dutch champions. The most inexperienced list of players ever seen at a UEFA Champions League game. The hosts' injury plague still offering room for drama and laughs.

November 21, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/21/2010

Inter paid the price for another dismal performance as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Chievo Verona at the Bentegodi Stadium. Sergio Pellissier fired the hosts in front in the first half and his substitute Davide Moscardelli scored the second with nine minutes remaining. And with only few seconds left Samuel Eto'o scored arguably the most meaningless goal of his career. The defeat leaves Inter nine points behind table-toppers AC Milan and six behind Lazio.

November 18, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/18/2010

Inter chairman Massimo Moratti has backed Rafa Benitez. "We have a project going on here. We can't change our minds everyday. We have full confidence in our coach," said Moratti. Despite Inter president's official vote of confidence, the Spanish entrenador has been on the verge of being sacked. And still is.

November 16, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/16/2010

On Sunday AC Milan ended Inter's unbeaten home record after 32 months. The Champions of Italy and Europe are going backwards under Benitez. In Nerazzurri's downfall there is no trace of other teams improvement - Serie A's football has never looked so ordinary and UEFA Champions League's Group A opponents are not heavyweights. It's a mixture of errors and mismanagement that have led Inter to an unexpected low.

Joel Obi: out for a month because of a thigh strain ©Getty Images
November 15, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/15/2010

Inter paid the price for another dismal performance as they lost the derby 1-0 against AC Milan. An early goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Rossoneri a crucial victory as they defeated Nerazzurri to overtake Lazio at the top of Serie A.

November 11, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/11/2010

Another 1-1 draw. Inter leave Lecce with only one point in hand but with some positive news.

November 10, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/10/2010

Sliding doors. Wesley Sneijder will miss tonight's game against Lecce whereas Dejan Stankovic is likely to start. Even Esteban Cambiasso level of fitness is already acceptable but Rafa Benitez wisely put off the Argentinian come back: "He is available but he will play on Sunday against AC Milan. However, let's try to win in Lecce first".

November 9, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/09/2010

Many Inter fans are urging Massimo Moratti to sign Gareth Bale in January. They are so disappointed with Christian Chivu on the left as he's never been able to reproduce the form he had at Ajax and AS Rome. Is Chivu so disappointing?

November 7, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/07/2010

Another disappointment. Two more injured players, a new ineffective formation, a gracious penalty, a player who fainted in the dressing room.

November 5, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/05/2010

The first UEFA Champions League defeat can't be overrated. It was a one-off. This is Rafa Benitez before Inter-Brescia: "This team played very well away, which means that we are a strong and very determined team. Unfortunately we didn't show our good we are in the last game but our value is still there".

November 4, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/04/2010

Inter defeat at Tottenham caused many eyebrows to raise. Last season treble is a considerable heavy legacy and Benitez is now facing the problems everyone expected when Mourinho announced he was leaving.

November 3, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 11/03/2010

Tottenham beat Inter 3-1. Deserved. Full stop. At White Hart Lane free flowing football came only from one side and the reason was plain to see from the beginning. Benitez’s decision to insist on pushing up instead of defending deep, which is necessary when forwards run quicker than your fullbacks, smelled of nonsense.