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: 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
Goal: 76' Celustka
Yellow cards: Nagatomo; Kacar, Zarate, Alanzinho, Altintop, Cech.
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