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Posted by Gianni Serra on 09/15/2011

Did Trabzonspor deserve to win? Yes. Did Inter deserve to lose? No. Did Inter give everything? Yes. Did Inter play well? No. Football is not an exact science but despite its own apparent contradictions it always has some logic. Inter's lack of luck and results has a lot to do with Nerazzurri's shortcomings on and off the football pitch. Nothing to do with fate.

The way Moratti and Branca set up for the new season is amateurish to say the least … how to describe someone who finds out that Forlan is cup tied after the deal is done?

And now to the pitch. Two defeats in the inaugural games of the two most important competitions for Inter are not an ideal start for a new coach. Could it get much worse for Giampiero Gasperini? Hardly. Or maybe yes, if Inter lose against Roma next Saturday.

Whatever happens next, Trabzonspor's win at San Siro will be remembered as one of the lowest point in Inter's history. Being knocked out of the Uefa Champions League 2000 playoffs by Helsingborg was certainly worse and more damaging. But it will take time to forget the confusion witnessed during Inter-Trabzonspor, in a game which certainly didn't match the Champions League's highest standards - both teams performed far below that level. If this is acceptable from Trabzonspor, who were invited by Uefa to replace Fenerbahce [after the Turkish federation banned the League winners from entering the Champions League due to the ongoing match-fixing probe], it can't be said of Inter.

Trabzonspor, not designed to play Champions League football but Europa League, fought bravely but their spirited commitment wasn't enough to hide their general lack of quality. Tolga, the goalkeeper, was by far the best player on the pitch, whereas Julio Cesar didn't have to pull off a save for the whole game - and when asked to he couldn't.

Confusion and anxiety are the words that sum up Nerazzurri's last performance. Gasperini's choice, according to Moratti's will, to start the game with a 4-3-1-2 formation was a clear sign of weakness and lack of authority. After two months and a half playing with his beloved 3-4-3 scheme, Gasperini accepted that Moratti's not interested in his current coach vision of football - a reminder that he got the job only after Bielsa, Spalletti and Capello said no. Gasperini was at risk since that very moment.

Put in a difficult environment the former Genoa's coach is not doing the best to survive. Too many changes, much tinkering. Gasperini's effort to compromise between his own ideas and Moratti's is doing no good service to anybody.

After two defeats in a row, to stay in charge Gasperini needs to win games very soon. The easiest way is to pick the starting 11, starting from the few positive notes emerged from the last game. Lucio and Ranocchia combined quite well, even if Trabzonspor can't be rated as a tough test. Zarate showed glimpses of pace and shooting talent. Milito and Sneijder confirmed that they must play. Full stop. Despite being put in the best position, centre-left midfielder, Obi didn't convince against Trabzonspor, as his good defensive work was marred too often by a poor passing rate. Step backward even for Alvarez and Jonathan. But ups and downs are normal for youngsters and nearly automatic when the team struggles. After the last game Gasperini said to be sure that this defeat will prompt his guys to show their true value. Sure?


Uefa Champions League 2011-12 - 1st DAY

INTER-TRABZONSPOR 0-1
Inter: Julio Cesar; Jonathan, Lucio, Ranocchia, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Obi (55' Alvarez); Sneijder, Pazzini (55' Milito), Zarate (77' Coutinho). Coach: Gasperini
Trabzonspor: Tolga; Celustka, Kacar, Glowacki, Cech; Colman, Zokora; Serkan, Alanzinho (64' Sapara), Altintop (88' Akgun); Paulo Henrique (74' Vittek). Coach: Gunes
Referee: Johannesson
Goal: 76' Celustka
Yellow cards: Nagatomo; Kacar, Zarate, Alanzinho, Altintop, Cech.


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Comments

Posted by Shello on 09/15/2011

Firstly fire the guy who did not see that Forlan was cup tied,,because not only we missed out on having another experienced finisher but we have taken away from the equation the exciting young dutchman who would have added some pace in the attack. Again the formation inter should be playing with is a 4-1-3-2 , 2 cb(ranocchia& lucio or samuel), 2 fb(zanetti& jonathan), 1 cdm(cambiasso or obi), 2 wide midfielders(alvarez & coutihno), 1 treq.(snieder), and 2 fowards( pazzini& milito),,with this formation we have more attacking and scoring options then as the game progresses when we have built a decent lead switch to 4-3-1-2. And having deki, obi, nagatomo, chivu, zarate, forlan(for serie a) as very good subs and not weakening any department and the chance of winning.

Posted by Pietro on 09/15/2011

"Gasperini's choice, according to Moratti's will, to start the game with a 4-3-1-2 formation was a clear sign of weakness and lack of authority."

Exactly this crossed my mind, too.

Posted by vito on 09/16/2011

after watching the palermo game, i couldnt understand the lineup ? fair enough 3 4 3 can work but when playing with an ageing back line of lucio samuel and zanetti your going to get problems against any young team, disaster waiting to happen. Inter has a very strong team but going down to a team like Trabzonspor shows the coach has no idea and the players lack confidence and faith. Id like to see them win against Roma this weekend who also are having problems but Gasperini is going to have to tinker with the formation and lineup. Pazzini, Ranochhia and schnijder are essential. All of which didnt start against palermo. A pazzini and forlan partnership with schiejder behind is the key.

Posted by joe on 09/16/2011

Love watching inter lose. They desevre what they are going through. The cheats of italian football and now they are sinking!! Forza Juve..

Posted by Pietro on 09/16/2011

Fuck you Joe. The only cheaters remain JUVENTUS

Posted by Shello on 09/16/2011

To Joe: you know you juve guys need to come of our backs everytime we lose and saying we deserve it,,,its bad karma for your team just remember the season is early..I can understand you are bitter cuz Juve have not won a trophy in ages.

Posted by GIDEON on 09/16/2011

FOR MORRATI TO BETRAY THE AGREEMENT HE HAD WITH BENITEZ TO BUY NEW PLAYERS TO ADD TO THIS INTER TEAM TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL,only for PRESIDENT MORRATI to listen to SIR ALEX FERGUSON and JOSE MOURINHO not to fund BENITEZ,because of liverpool problem then MORRATI DECLARED THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE TEAM,NOW IF INTER BOUGTH FORLAN WHO IS CUP TIED,WHERE ARE THIS ADVISERS,;MOURINHO AND FERGUSON,IM SURE IF INTER IS DOING WELL TODAY,THE CREDIT WILL ALSO GO TO MOURINHO WHO AFTER HE LEFT INTER STILL REFER TO ''MY INTER''AND LEONARDO THE FORMER COACH THAT TOOK OVER FROM BENITEZ WAS CLOSER TO MOURINHO,TAKING ADVISE FROM HIM,BUT WHEN HE FAILED,MOURINHO GAP HIM AS IF HE IS NOT AWARE OF INTER'S FAILURES,2 COACHES NOW AFTER BENITEZ,BUT THEN IS BENITEZ A FAILURE IN INTER?NO,HE WON UEFA WORLD CLUB CUP BEFORE LEAVING INTER,MORRATI COULD NOT THINK THAT A COACH OF BENITEZ CLASS IS VERY RARE,AND THAT BENITEZ IS A THREAT TO BOTH MOURINHO KNOCKING CHELSEA OUT TWICE IN

Posted by GIDEON on 09/16/2011

THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND FERGUSON MAN UTD WAS BEATEN 4-1 AT HOME BY LIVERPOOL JUST AFTER EXPOSING WHAT THE OFFICIALS OF MAN UTD NORMALLY DO AT OLD TRAFFORD,BY CONSTANTLY CONTACTING THE MATCH OFFICIALS BY THE STEWARDS THEREBY INFLUENCING REFFS TO FAVOUR MAN UTD AND THEN BENITEZ DARED FERGUSON AND ALARTED THE ENGLISH F.A TO WATCH OUT,AND THAT PARTICULAR DAY,IT WORKED,MAN UTD WERE RUN RAGGED BY BENITEZ-LIVERPOOL 4-1 AT OLD TRAFFORD,THE WORST OLD TRAFFORD DEFEAT SINCE 1933....BENITEZ-LIVERPOOL IS A ''BUS-STOP'' TO MOURINHO'S CHELSEA,INFACT BENITEZ WON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH LIVERPOOL IN 2005,MOURINHO FAILED TO WIN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH CHELSEA BECAUSE OF BENITEZ BRILIANCE,THAT EXPLAIN WHY BOTH FERGUSON AND MOURINHO TEEMED UP TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK AGAINST BENITEZ,BY LACKMAILING HIM AS THE CAUSE OF LIVERPOOLS PROBLEMS,ONLY FOR BENITEZ TO BE VINDICATED WHEN TOM AND HICKS THE OWNERS OF LIVERPOOL WERE PURSUED OUT AND LIVERPOOL HAD ANOTHER OWNER,TOM AND HICKS ADMIN WERE NOT CO OPERATING

Posted by GIDEON on 09/16/2011

WITH BENITEZ WHEN THEY TOOK OVER LIVERPOOL IN 2006-07,THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING THAT WORKS FOR BENITEZ,AND PROGRAMMED EVERYTHING IN LFC TO SUIT THEIR PROFIT IN THE CLUB,I.E.BENITEZ REQUEST TAKES LONGER THAN REQUIRED,WHENEVER HE DEMANDS FOR ANYTHING,THEY SEEK AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO MEET HIS DEMANDS,AND TO WORSEN MATTER FOR HIM,THE FACT THAT THE ENMITY BETWEEN 'THE REDS'AND 'RED DEVILS'FERGUSON IS TOO POWERFUL IN ENGLAND,BENITEZ NOW CROSSED PATH WITH THE ALMIGTHY FERGUSON,AND THEY MAKE SURE THAT NOTHING WORKS FOR BENITEZ AGAIN IN ENGLAND.BUT MORRATTI WOULD HAVE BEEN WISE AND PATIENT,NOW MORRATI SHOULD NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT RESULTS,NEITHER SHOULD INTER FANS COMPLAIN ABOUT BUYING A CUP TIED PLAYER;FORLAN,OR LOOSING AT HOME TO UNKNOWN CLUB,THE WAY SHALKE-04 CAME TO SAN SIRO AND BEAT INTER 5-2,IN FRONT OF THEIR OWN FANS,TOO BAAD,AT LEAST ITS NOT BENITEZ,BENITEZ WON A CUP THAT WAS NEVER WON BY MOURINHO IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER,UEFA CLUB CUP,ONLY IN 3 MONTHS,LETS SEE HOW LONG INTER WILL WIN AGAIN.

Posted by tonykross on 09/16/2011

Inter will be very lucky to make top four this year. when a team has to sell its best player in order to balance the books, then that team is surely going down hill.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2011

world cup for clubs is a meaningless tournament
inter will do well tomorrow and will advance into the knockout stages of the CL. end of story. forza inter

Posted by Tony on 09/16/2011

The fact that Forlan was cup tied and INTER missed it is an epic failure on someones part. I even knew you was cup tied, how they didn't is a mystery. All clubs go through phases, INTER's are usually more roller coaster and magnified by the italian press. Clearly they need more speed at the back, that is obvious but getting the type of player needed must be harder than we think. I do fear that they may not finish in the top 3 (only 3 go to CL) but am hopeful that the character of the players will outshine the lack of belief from the coach and owner. If I was Gasperini I would just play a 4-4-2 and let the players do what they already do best. Results will come and all may be well. As for the JUVE fan...why hate so much? Be happy your team is being rebuilt and that you play only Serie A games, that will assure you a top result. You should hope the 3 Italian advance in CL so that your league fixtures will be easier yet.

Posted by Sam on 09/19/2011

Some pretty over blown reactions here. Firstly @Gideon I am not sure if you are actually Rafa in disguise but the fact was that he never fit at Inter. The players seemed completely unmotivated and he seemed to have a chip on his shoulder, whether that was to prove he was better than Mou or just prove a point to Liverpool, it never seemed like a good fit.
As for the comments about Gasp, well I think everyone has to stop and take a breath. Sure the season hasnt started well but the players seem switched on. The 3 man defence is not popular but I believe that it is the high backline rather than the three man defence that is the problem. We do not have the speed to cover.
As for Gianni's comment about Morattis influence, we can only hope as fans that the coach is determining the team and formation, Inter can ill afford to have another two or three coach season. What we need is continuity to allow the young players to gain confidence and the team to gel.

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