Even last season, under Leonardo, Nerazzurri buried Parma under five goals at San Siro. It was 5-2 then, 5-0 this time. Parma could have scored twice again but two beautiful potential assists from Biabiany were both wasted by his team mates. It would have changed little for both sides.
Inter won easily and rightly so. Arguably for the very first time in the 2011-12 season, Inter's result had more to do with Nerazzurri's ability than their opponents [huge] limitations. Very good individual performances from [in order of preference] Milito, Alvarez, Zanetti, Samuel, Motta and Maicon helped Inter to dominate the game, showing finally an overall effortless composure and ability to alternate possession and acceleration. Thiago Motta dictated moves and passes; meanwhile Ricky Alvarez provided the spark needed to breakthrough Parma's defence.
It happened several times.
At the minute 13 on the receiving end of one of Alvarez's assist there was Diego Milito, sharp and precise like in the good old days: one touch, one goal. Only few weeks ago the Prince's kick wouldn't have found the net. Nothing to do with good or bad luck, the difference can be explained with a better condition and a restored confidence. After Motta's 2-0 at the minute 18, Milito scored again four minutes before halftime to secure the win.
In the second half there was no reaction from Parma but there was the opportunity to praise: 1. a beautiful assist from Milito for Pazzini (and a lovely finish from the former Sampdoria and Fiorentina hitman, still struggling to recapture a good form despite the goal); 2. Coutinho's hunger for playing time; 3. Faraoni's first goal. Can Inter replicate such a show against AC Milan? No chance. But the desire to keep alive this winning streak, which brought back confidence and pride, should at least spur Inter not to settle for a draw or for an honourable defeat.
Serie A 2011-12 - Day 17
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Thiago Motta, Cambiasso (58' Poli), Alvarez (72' Coutinho); Pazzini, Milito (76' Faraoni). Coach: Ranieri
Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Brandao, Gobbi; Biabiany, Morrone (60' Pereira), Galloppa (68' Musacci), Modesto (55' Pellè); Floccari, Giovinco. Coach: Colomba
Goals: Milito 13', 41', Thiago Motta 18', Pazzini 56', Faraoni 79'
Yellow cards: Samuel; Galloppa