Another disappointment. Two more injured players, a new ineffective formation, a gracious penalty, a player who fainted in the dressing room.
Let's start form the latter. Wesley Sneijder fainted at half time, no relation with being used as a deep playmaker just before Lucio and Samuel. Now the Dutchman is OK, Inter are not. Tottenham's lesson and a ridiculous injury list forced Rafa Benitez to change. Inter coach choose to play Brescia with a 4-4-2 formation. The usual back four in front of Castellazzi; in midfield Pandev and Coutinho on the wings, Zanetti as holding midfielder to protect playmaker Wesley Sneijder; upfront Eto'o and Milito as central forwards. A sort of conservative back to basics. Not a revolution but a momentary turn towards a safer and less complicated tactic. Something easier to assimilate to make Inter walk unafraid during this bad spell. A decision which could be seen as a sign of humility (or confusion?). But Brescia were not in the mood to accomodate Inter and their Spanish coach expectations. At minute 14 Caracciolo put the visitors ahead. After some minutes Maicon added his name to Inter's injured players list. Baiocco, Hatemaj and Cordova were very effective both at chasing and sending Nerazzurri astray.
If you don't have room enough things get tougher. Brescia did not give anything away and Inter never inspired confidence. Santon in the second half replaced Samuel. The Argentinian damaged his knee (twisted ligaments) and this is a massive blow to Inter set up. At the minute 73 the home side was awarded a generous penalty after Eto'o fell in the opponents penalty box. The Cameroon striker thanked for the gift scoring the equaliser. But Eto'o 8th goal in 10 league games it will hardly hide Inter misery. Sorry, "Bad luck" as Rafa Benitez calls it after the game.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Javier Zanetti. His display against Brescia was ordinary stuff for him. But in this period of the year 'Saviero' normality is enough to do better than his team mates.
Serie A - day 10 / Milan, San Siro stadium
INTER-BRESCIA 1-1 (0-1)
INTER: Castellazzi; Maicon (27' Cordoba), Lucio, Samuel (51' Santon), Chivu; Coutinho, J.Zanetti, Sneijder (46' Obi), Pandev; Milito, Eto'o. Coach: Benitez
BRESCIA: Arcari; Berardi, Zebina, V.Martinez, Dallamano; Baiocco, Cordova (66' Budel), Hetemaj; Diamanti (83' Bega), Kone (46' Eder); Caracciolo. Coach: Iachini
Scorers: Caracciolo 14'; Eto'o 73' penalty
Yellow cards: Coutinho; Hetemaj, Arcari