Facing Genoa and their perennial-summertime-mood defence certainly helped. But it was evident that there was a fresh air among Inter players. Compared to Ranieri's period the biggest variations were thus:
1) psychological - brighter approach to the game
2) tactical - Inter haven’t tried 4-3-3 since the first weeks of Mourinho's tenure
3) Zanetti moved out of midfield and in as right fullback
4) New faces: the (positive) introduction of Fredy Guarin in the second half.
Inter struggled to score in recent times and to find the net five times means that Stramaccioni had clear ideas about the problem and the solution. Certainly this is something the new coach managed to change and for the better. Genoa also scored four times, but three goals came from the penalty spot, which changes things a bit. Inter's young coach can be pleased with his first game at San Siro.
Enthusiasm is spreading fast at Appiano Gentile. Javier Zanetti said: "We worked really hard with a coach who has brought back the enthusiasm, and we have shown our willingness to start over again".
Inter president Massimo Moratti added: "You can already see Stramaccioni's hand. He brought back the enthusiasm and there are changes even in the way the players play".
Enthusiasm seems to be the key word among Nerazzurri.
Is it justified? This never balanced approach brings the huge risk that Inter could be induced to think that this team has a future. Finishing the league on a high note would be only the best way to part ways with many of these (once) great players. Consistency is the key to compete at the top. The core of this team can't guarantee that anymore. Inconsistency is typical of teams too young or too old. Everybody knows where Inter lie.
Serie A 2011-12 / Day 30
Inter: Julio Cesar; Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Poli, Stankovic (60' Guarin), Cambiasso; Zarate (80' Castellazzi), Milito, Forlan (75' Obi). Coach: Stramaccioni
Genoa: Frey; Mesto, Carvalho, Kaladze, Moretti; Biondini (82' Jorquera), Veloso (46' Jankovic), Belluschi; Sculli, Gilardino, Palacio. Coach: Marino
Goals: Milito 13’, 27’, 85' pen, Samuel 38’, Zarate 74'; Moretti 45', Palacio 59' pen, Gilardino 80' pen, 90' pen,
Yellow cards: Poli, Lucio; Moretti, Jankovic, Palacio
Red cards: Julio Cesar (79'); Belluschi (84')