Inter Coach Walter Mazzarri insists he is not worried by Brazilian midfielder Hernanes’ slow start to the season.
The 29-year-old joined the Nerazzurri in a €20m deal last January, but has come in for some criticism so far this season.
“He hasn’t been as bad as people have made out,” defended Mazzarri in a Press conference ahead of his side’s game against Atalanta tomorrow.
“He got two assists against Sassuolo. Sure, from him you expect more, but he’ll soon be back to his decisive best, even if he did not do so well against Palermo in a more defensive role.”
Walter Mazzarri has again expressed the need for patience, but he hopes Inter can bounce back against Atalanta after a disappointing draw on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri are undefeated thus far in Serie A, but remain four points behind pace-setters Juventus and Roma after two draws and a win in their opening three games, including a 1-1 result at the weekend against Palermo.
The Milanese side’s Coach, however, believes that his side just needs time to gel.
“For us, this is the beginning of a new cycle,” Mazzarri began at today’s Press conference.
The signing of the former Manchester United captain on a Bosman early in the year was met with loud applause from the Inter faithful. Vidic is a heavily experienced defender who won everything at Manchester United.
But Vidic’s Italian experience is not going to plan. The big defender has made two Serie A appearances and was sent off in his debut at Torino and then his mistake cost Inter a goal, and possibly three points against Palermo. That is not what Inter expected when they signed him.
F.C. Internazionale kept their unbeaten start to season in tact after drawing 1-1 at Palermo.
Inter’s season long shutout streak lasted all of three minutes when Franco Vazquez stole the ball from Nemanja Vidic and scored from a tight angle. It was a bad mistake from Vidic who has struggled so far adapting to Serie A, while Samir Handanovic could have dealt with the shot better.
Vazguez’s goal ended an impressive 453 minute shutout streak that Handanovic had put together to start the season.
Great result for F.C. Internazionale in Europa on Thursday as they beat 10-man Dnipro 1-0 in Kiev in their Europa League opener. Danilo D’Ambrosio’s was the Inter goalscorer.
Heading into the match Dnipro were undefeated this season with five wins and a draw in their first six games in the Ukraine Premier League.
Dnipro’s form makes the Inter win and performance even more impressive. During the summer, Walter Mazzarri and Erick Thohir worked really hard on improving the quality of midfield players in the squad. As a result of the acquisitions of Gary Medel and Yann M’Vila, the Nerazzurri now have a group of midfield that are as good as anyone in Serie A.
Inter players have arrived in the Ukraine ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Dnipro in Kiev. Walter Mazzarri’s side go into the match full of confidence after Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo and are on a four match unbeaten streak to start the season.
European success is a key component of President Erick Thohir’s vision for the Nerazzurri and Mazzarri has taken a very strong squad with him to Kiev.
Jonathan is available again after missing Sunday’s victory over Sassuolo with a muscle injury, but the news is not so positive for Yuto Nagatomo who has not been able to shake off his left ankle knock and he was left behind for treatment.
For the second consecutive home game, Inter routed an opponent at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Last month it was Stjarnan who were on the reciving end of a 6-0 thumping and on Sunday the Nerazzurri went one better as they beat Sassuolo 7-0.
As in the Stjarnan match, it was Inter’s dynamic duo, Mateo Kovačić and Mauro Icardi who set the tone for the win as they had milestone goals. Kovacic scored his first Serie A goal while Icardi got his first Serie A hat-trick for the Nerazzurri .
The impressive Daniel Osvaldo added a brace and Fredy Guarin rounded off a convincing performance with a goal and as assist.
Inter academy director Roberto Samaden is delighted with the progress being made by his club at youth level.
Amidst all the criticism that Italian football is overflowing with foreigners and ageing stars, the official believes the Nerazzurri are on the right path when it comes to developing youngsters.
“In the last Italy Under-21 game, five of the starting eleven had come through our ranks here and a sixth lad of ours came on in the second half,” he commented.
“I don’t think there are too many foreign players in Italy; less than 10 per cent of Inter’s youth setup is made up of foreigners.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Walter Mazzarri is the second highest paid coach in Serie A, trailing only Napoli‘s Rafa Benitez.
Benitez is listed as the best-paid tactician in the Division, pulling in an annual salary after tax of €3.5m, and he is closely followed by predecessor and current Inter boss Walter Mazzarri at Inter, on €3.3m, a wage higher than any Nerazzurro player.
Roma’s Rudi Garcia and Juventus’ Max Allegri are next on the billing with €2.8m and €2.4m salaries respectively, whilst Pippo Inzaghi’s promotion to the Milan bench this summer has netted him €1.5m a year.
Javier Zanetti will be the Inter ambassador around the world, but admits he wants “to stay close to the team.”
The former captain retired this summer and was immediately appointed Vice-President of the club.
“On the one hand the new President of Inter, Erick Thohir, wants to expand the brand in China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia,” Zanetti told Olè.
“I will be the ambassador. But I also want to stay close to the team, above all to explain to the young players what it means to wear the jersey of this club.”