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Actually, that kind of loss was almost predictable : Stramaccioni is more and more criticized, he even started to cry during one of the games Inter lost some weeks ago (which means he's stressed as hell) and it's obvious he's losing his squad as some players seem to stop following him.

Furthermore, they added some new players to their squad, in January ... I mean, the last few years, when we bought players in January, we took players who added something and had enough experience to be a part of our team quite quickly. Inter didn't do that, they bought average players (Kuzmanovic, seriously ?) and not that experienced ones, which will cost them many games from now I think (a bit like us during the first 10 games of the season).

Anyway, that means nothing for the derby, as during derbies, the form of the teams generally doesn't count. But I can predict that if we score the first goal next week end, we could end with a big win against them !!

PS : As long as we keep winning games and drawing here and there, we'll be in Top 3 as Inter, Lazio, Fiorentina and Roma (and to some extent, even Napoli and Juventus now) have all been in bad form recently, like expected a few months ago when all these teams seem so strong ...
I agree that Inter's recent shitty form means nothing for the derby; if at all, I fear for their underdog status. I am not sure either if we score the first goal, we would even win, let alone winning big. They still have Zanetti, Cambiasso, and Handavonic, each of whom would be capable of preventing that from happening.

Another "rule" has been that in the past, as long as Samuel played, Milan lost; as long as he missed the game, we won. So the big question is: will Samuel play? :d
(02-19-2013, 03:09 PM)GeoTav Wrote: [ -> ]Actually, that kind of loss was almost predictable : Stramaccioni is more and more criticized, he even started to cry during one of the games Inter lost some weeks ago (which means he's stressed as hell) and it's obvious he's losing his squad as some players seem to stop following him.

Furthermore, they added some new players to their squad, in January ... I mean, the last few years, when we bought players in January, we took players who added something and had enough experience to be a part of our team quite quickly. Inter didn't do that, they bought average players (Kuzmanovic, seriously ?) and not that experienced ones, which will cost them many games from now I think (a bit like us during the first 10 games of the season).

Anyway, that means nothing for the derby, as during derbies, the form of the teams generally doesn't count. But I can predict that if we score the first goal next week end, we could end with a big win against them !!

PS : As long as we keep winning games and drawing here and there, we'll be in Top 3 as Inter, Lazio, Fiorentina and Roma (and to some extent, even Napoli and Juventus now) have all been in bad form recently, like expected a few months ago when all these teams seem so strong ...

I actually feel a little for Stramaccioni, as while he's not always done a great job, he's had to work with a squad with little direction.

The older generation there can't keep being relied on, while the younger players coming in are either not to standard or aren't bought with any real direction in mind.

The thing is, we've seen this predicament in our own squad in recent years. The difference is that the last few years we've always had certain quality individuals (Ibra or Thiago for example), to rely on to bring home consistent results, while this year we're following a clear project and building.

Inter aren't really building as much as they are just seemingly randomly buying, and Strama can't rely on Milito, Samuel or Cambiasso regularly (the quality players who can get results) as they aren't available frequently enough.

They have no real identity or direction and until they find this they won't be successful.
(02-20-2013, 11:39 AM)ACMILAN1983 Wrote: [ -> ]I actually feel a little for Stramaccioni, as while he's not always done a great job, he's had to work with a squad with little direction.

The older generation there can't keep being relied on, while the younger players coming in are either not to standard or aren't bought with any real direction in mind.

The thing is, we've seen this predicament in our own squad in recent years. The difference is that the last few years we've always had certain quality individuals (Ibra or Thiago for example), to rely on to bring home consistent results, while this year we're following a clear project and building.

Inter aren't really building as much as they are just seemingly randomly buying, and Strama can't rely on Milito, Samuel or Cambiasso regularly (the quality players who can get results) as they aren't available frequently enough.

They have no real identity or direction and until they find this they won't be successful.

I wonder if Inter hasn't become the good old Inter again ... Buying players just for buying players and not because they need them.
(02-20-2013, 02:22 PM)GeoTav Wrote: [ -> ]I wonder if Inter hasn't become the good old Inter again ... Buying players just for buying players and not because they need them.

Right now it's even worse I'd say. At least before they'd buy great players for the sake of buying them, now they're barely buying average players.
.. and they sold all the decent ones. Why couldn't they sell two more players: Guarin and Handanovic. Should that happen, I bet they would be fighting relegation. Even Cassano wouldn't help. :d
Inter's squad tonight:

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 4 Zanetti, 23 Ranocchia, 40 Juan Jesus, 31 Pereira; 11 Alvarez, 19 Cambiasso, 29 Kovacic; 14 Guarin; 8 Palacio, 99 Cassano.

Subs: 27 Belec, 21 Gargano, 24 Benassi, 26 Chivu, 28 Pasa, 33 Mbaye, 49 Terrani.

They are serious.
And they won 3-0. Good for Italian calcio. Smile
I don't think Inter are more tired than us because of the level of competitiveness

Anyway, nice for Serie A Big Grin
So this week, for the Italian clubs, that's 3 wins and 1 loss (shame on Napoli, it was only Viktoria Pilzen, they clearly lost because they wanted to) ... Good result, long time it didn't happen.

If we add the results of last week, that's 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses (again, Napoli ...).

If Inter and Lazio seriously play the Europa League (their only way to win a competition this season) and if Juventus and Milan can qualify to the quarters of CL, it could be a good year for Italy, like in the past ...

07/03
Tottenham - Inter
Stuttgart - Lazio

If they play it seriously (which I still doubt because these teams are involved in the race for the 3rd place with us and these games could use some of their ressources), it could be good for Italy AND for us ...