Given a chance to play against Trapani on Wednesday, Kovacicdid nothing to dispel the notion that he is just not ready at the moment to play for a big club like Inter. He once again failed to play a full 90 minutes as Mazzarri dragged him off with 20 minutes to go. In those rare occasions when he has started this season, Kovacic is often substituted around the 70 minute mark, leading me to wonder if fitness is an issue with him?
Here are some of Walter Mazzarri’s comments after the Coppa Italia win over Trapani:
“This game should make us reflect on things. After the first half I had said to manage the situation when our alertness drops, which can happen. I also wanted to give debuts to some youngsters and it seemed the right moment to me. However, you can never underestimate anything. It’s a question of careless moments you can’t let happen to you. In the first half we were all focused and did well. Then our concentration dropped. These are things we have to work on.”
Once again Inter made life difficult for themselves on Wednesday as they almost threw away a three goal lead to Serie B minnows Trapani in their Coppa Italia tie before hanging on for a 3-2 victory. Inter will now travel to Udinese in January for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Nerazzurri broke through almost immediately when a Fredy Guarin free kick bounced off the upright, on to Trapani defender Richard Marcone and ricocheted into the net.
Ishak Belfodil volleyed in Alvaro Pereira’s assist for his first goal in an Inter jersey, then before the break Saphir Taider converted a penalty for a foul on Guarin.
Here are some of Walter Mazzarri’s comments ahead of the fourth round Coppa Italia encounter with Trapani.
Goalkeepers: 1 Samir Handanovic, 30 Juan Pablo Carrizo, 12 Luca Castellazzi;
Defenders: 2 Jonathan, 4 Javier Zanetti, 5 Juan Jesus, 6 Marco Andreolli, 14 Hugo Campagnaro, 18 Wallace, 23 Andrea Ranocchia, 31 Alvaro Pereira, 35 Rolando, 54 Isaac Donkor;
Midfielders: 10 Mateo Kovacic, 11 Ricky Alvarez, 13 Fredy Guarin, 16 Gaby Mudingayi, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 21 Saphir Taider, 90 Patrick Olsen;
With the takeover of Inter Milan by D.C. United’s part owner Erick Thohir it was only a matter of time before the two clubs announced some sort of “strategic partnership” between the two clubs. What struck me reading the press release was how benign this partnership is.
Here is the official release:
D.C. United and F.C. Internazionale Milano announced a collaborative agreement to form a strategic partnership. This partnership, which will include the sharing of team, organizational and competitive best practices, will be subject to relevant rules and regulations of the appropriate governing bodies.
In Sunday’s match against Sampdoria, Inter legend Javier Zanetti got his first start in seven months as a left sided wingback.
The Inter captain had his usual effective game, with an 86% passing accuracy on 46 touches.chart as the chary from fourfourfourtwo.com shows.
The problem with playing Zanetti as a wingback in Walter Mazzarri’s system is that he does not give the Nerazzurri the attacking thrust that someone like Yuto Nagatomo provides as can be seen in this chart.
New Inter President Erick Thohir celebrated his first Inter match at San Siro.
“It feels different to when I was far away.”
The Indonesian patron was in the stands for the Nerazzurri’s Serie A game against Sampdoria. Click here for the line-ups.
“Today is my first match at the Meazza as President. It feels different to when I was far away,” declared Thohir on Inter Channel.
“I feel more pressure being here. Of course we have to prepare well for it because every game is difficult here.
Walter Mazzarri praised Sampdoria’s performance and admitted “it was Inter’s worst performance of the season.”
New President Erick Thohir was in the stands for the first time, but watched Renan snatch a last-minute equaliser for 1-1.
“I’ll be honest, the way I see football this was our worst performance of the season. We went too deep after going 1-0 up, though even then we hadn’t started that well,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Too many players were below par today. Ricky Alvarez started ok, but after his booking he seemed tense and didn’t move well enough. Sampdoria remained aggressive throughout and they fully deserved the draw today.
Anyone else getting a queasy feeling in the pit of their stomach about new Inter owner Eric Thohir? I just get the feeling that Thohir will not/does not have, the cash necessary for Inter to compete with the big clubs in Italy and Europe.
The latest quotes from Thohir that gave me pause are these from an interview Wednesday with La Gazzetta dello Sport:
“If you ask me if I’m going to buy new players, my answer is always the same,” Thohir said.