Inter Milan’s 2011/12 Serie A campaign was a travesty. 6th place and a place in next season’s Europa League was all that could be achieved; can Interisti realistically expect anymore this season?
Life after Mourinho has not been kind to the Nerazzurri faithful. The old guards powers have faded over the past few years, but last their poor performances last season, have prompted a long overdue revolution at the San Siro. Along with Lucio, Julio Cesar and Maicon have been deemed unfit for the new Inter Milan, and an orderly cue has been formed at the “porta di uscita”. A younger, cheaper team has been assembled in preparation for the upcoming campaign; the Interisti will be hoping they will be a successful as their elders
Manager: Andrea Stramaccioni
Post Mourinho; Benitez, Leonardo, Gasperini and Ranieri, have failed to stop the rot at the San Siro. Next to attempt an Inter Milan renaissance is Andrea Stramaccioni.
Stramaccioni began his coaching as part of the Roma set up that won the Scudetto Giovanssimi Nazionali in 2007, and the Scudetto Allievi Nazionali in 2010. Roberto Samaden seen potential in Strama, and offered him the Primavera coaching job at Inter Milan. He came to the attention of Massimo Moratti, after his success with the Inter youth team at the inaugural NextGen Series. The final was watched by the Nerazzurri president, who was so impressed with the young manager’s skills, that Stramaccioni was announced as the new caretaker manager after Ranieri was inevitably sacked. Although he was not able to guide Inter Milan to the Champions League, wins against A.C Milan among others, prompted Moratti to hire Strama as the full time manager. Next season poses a great challenge for the young manager because with a half constructed team, he must qualify for the Champions League. Judging by Moratti’s finger being firmly placed on the trigger, this may be a task he will fail to complete. Many young managers have succeeded at Europe’s finest in recent history, and this is the main reason Stramaccioni was given the Inter Milan job. Getting a job for other manager’s merits as well as his own, may be the downfall of Andrea Stramaccioni next season
Key Player: Wesley Sneijder
Last season, Wesley Sneijder’s struggle with injuries coincided with Inter Milan’s league struggles; the Interisti will be hoping he will stay fit for their beloved club’s sake.
Since in the Peninsula in 2009, Sneijder has been the architect of the majority of the Nerazzurri’s success and at the age of 28, he is the only member of the treble winning team that can contribute greatly next season. The Dutch international is the finest trequartista currently plying his trade in Italy; his precision passing and long distance shooting have even given him the nickname “Il Cecchino”. During the next campaign, with Coutinho coming back from a year long loan in scintillating form, the creative burden will not be only on Sneijder; this will allow the 28 year old to have a freer role. If Inter Milan are going to challenge Juventus, Napoli etc; they will need Wesley Sneijder to recreate the form of 2009/10.
Best Signing: Matias Silvestre
With Lucio and Cordoba gone, and putting faith in Ranocchia being footballing suicide; Matias Silvestre was a necessity for Inter Milan in this mercato.
The Argentine’s calcio adventure began at Catania in 2008, and he fitted into their back four seamlessly. Silvestre had three superb seasons at Catania and proved himself to be a tough, yet graceful centre back. It was at Palermo last season however, that Matias Silvestre showed that he could potentially be world class. Silvestre scored an impressive 5 goals from defence, and was a constant threat from set pieces during the 2011/12 season; this attacking threat was one of the main reasons Inter Milan signed the 27 year old on loan. Lucio was famed for his ability to come out of defence and cause havoc on the final third, without him next season Inter would have suffered at times with a lack of attacking unpredictably, but with the signing of Silvestre, this defensive threat will be easily replaced. Although he made an underwhelming first appearance in the black and blue stripes, the Argentine will be a star for Inter Milan sooner, rather than later.
f00tballmatters’ Season Prediction: 5th
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