October 31, 2011
Juventus up, Inter down. Losing 1-2 at San Siro against Serie A's current leaders, who also happened to be Nerazzurri's most hated team, is not a normal loss. Not just because it reflects a new trend, but for several other reasons.
October 27, 2011
Drawing at Atalanta - arguably one of the best teams in Serie A at the moment and surely one of those in best shape - shouldn't be regarded as a bad result. But if you are closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places you must win. And this is exactly where Inter have been since the beginning of the season. To reduce the gap from the top nothing less than winning any game is acceptable for Inter. Leonardo managed to do it brilliantly last season, recovering 16 points in nearly two months.
October 24, 2011
Inter's win over Chievo was one of those bread and butter wins that any team with ambition must easily accomplish to climb the table. It happened to be the first home win of the season but, it must be said, it was not one to remember. Inter's 1-0 defeat of Chievo was one of those games that can be easily forgotten but that will make all the difference at the end of the season.
October 21, 2011
Another away win. Since Ranieri's arrival Inter have lost two games at home and won three, all away. In the Champions League the coach who replaced Gian Piero Gasperini has a 100% winning record - two games, two wins, both away, both by a one goal margin, both defeating two average teams.
These CL wins, which came after a home defeat against Trabzonspor (under Gasperini), put Inter at the top of the group D with six points, two more than CSKA Moscow and Trabzonspor, four more than Lille. Their place at the top is not really in danger due to a shortage of decent opponents.
October 17, 2011
Seventeen out of twenty. Just one place above the relegation zone. Well, Serie A is only six games old and we have never experienced at this stage a table with 13 teams within four points [this is the gap between the leaders, Juventus and Udinese, and the 13th AC Milan], but Inter's position is the epitome of a team in crisis.
October 3, 2011
"Can Inter-Napoli be decisive for the Scudetto?". "No. It comes too early, there is still a long way to go", said Mazzarri and Ranieri before the game. But both coaches consciously lied. They knew that these are the games that can define the season's prospects for the winner and the loser. Nerazzurri were in dire need of points but certainly weren't in need of any test, whereas Napoli needed to win this game to prove the 3-1 against AC Milan was not a fluke.