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No Palacio? and Guarin along with Alvarez on the team? could this mean, we're putting pressure on teams intersted in them? or Maz will have to count on them for next season? also are Inter finally thinking ahead and found a suitor for Palacio, who is willing to pay good money for him? eiherway, I hope Botta does really well tonight and doesn't fall on the finsihing line as Maz has been saying good things about him in pre-season... this will be good opportunity to prove himself... at least two goals from him and a solid performance by Dodo and that team doesn't collapse as it did with Frankfurt...
This result means the 3-1 loss to Frankfurt wasn't a fluke.
i thought m'vila, juan and ranoch played better, specially m'vila! juan had a better game then ranoch but still an improvement and d'ambro worked well on his side, might even be finally able to keep up with jonathan for 90 min if he keeps this up, although that time jonathan was still huffing and puffing long after d'ambro came off... the man almost has a third lung! the only downside is Icardi, he is dangerous when he faces the net but defenders are finding it easy to force him from doing exactly that, looked much better when osvaldo came on but i hope icardi learns sooner rather then later how to shrug of defenders, he is too easy for defenders to read him, he does have the talent to score goals but not the wits... also ive been trying to figure out who kova resembles as a fotball player since he joined us and i think ive finally found one, despite him rating iniesta, i'd say he reminds me of nasri!
The team did well to play defensively but weather Inter has Osvaldo or Icardi they need a AMF who can string things together because like the Frankfurt game they lacked rhythm and were predictable pushing up. Their were some individual standouts but as a whole the team is missing that creative outlet in the center that can take the pressure off Icardi or Osvaldo and let them roam to find the best position to receive a pass. With players like M'Vila, Kova and Hernandes mixed with a AMF, Inter can play much better with those guys controlling the MF because all I see is a hole between the CMs and the striker. I know Inter have Alvarez but would love to see another player come in as well that can not only compete with Alvarez but rotate in case of injury to either one. I want Inter to get into the group stage of Europa League.
that could be tricky, first of all there is Icardi, Palacio, Osvaldo for the CF and then Alvarez, Botta and Kova for the AM... if things aren't really clicking yet then we have till until January to really assess the situation and see if anything has changed, M'Vila, Dodo, Vidic and Medel really doesn't change much about this team except for replacing the players that have left and it's too soon to comment on what kind of effect they're having... and then there is of course Guarin... how Kova and Herna will be able to play together in this new team... the need for an extra CB...

but also what type of AM are inter going after? a AM/CM?, a AM/SS? or even a AM/Winger? but if you go with the herna, kova, m'vila combination which could work in a 3-5-2 formation, with Botta as the SS/AM and Alvarez as the Winger/AM then Inter are only left with AM/CM... Lamela would be the most ideal, however, it's rare to find those types of players that can also score goals unless as you've said, real wants to do us a favour and allow inter to get Isco on the cheap, rather there has been more talk of Biabiany, Cerci and Lavezzi... Lavezzi is old but proven with Maz, Cerci is a risk and overvalued and Biabiany would perhaps be a last choice of those and a gamble but he could come at a more affordable price and could allow players like Alvarez and even Botta to remain at the club but if he flops he won't necessary take anything away from the team but he could be hard to off-load much like with Kuz and Silver... if it were up to me, I'd go after a player that can play with Kova and Icardi, since Inter are focusing on those two then why not invest in a player that can play with both of them and even be that bridge between them but more importantly whomever arrives needs to be a better player than Alvarez and a track record of scoring goals as Icardi isn't yet a finished product!


in a 3-4-1-2 or a 3-4-2-1 formation:

Icardi/Osvaldo /- Osvaldo/X/Alvarez

Kova/X/Alvarez /- X/Alvarez

Dodo - Hernanes/Kova - M'Vila/Guarin - D'Ambro

Juan - Medel - Ranoch/Vidic
Agreed, he has to be better then Alvarez in terms of goals and for me personally I would be leaning over a little more experience for this position. Someone who can provide goals as well and ease it off the strikers when their having a bad day the office. I would like to see this person play in a 3-4-1-2 formation where X can play in between and below both attacking players but be ushered by the support of a 4 man MF. Certainly gives us the variety but I would like Inter to pull of a surprise signing before the window closes.
so you mean instead of kova-m'vila-herna you'd go for a kova-AM-herna? tricky! he'd have to be very impressive to even allow those two to occupy those roles, would be an interesting player!... the only worrying bit is the 'experience' bit and there aren't that many players that can score goals and play defensively well in midfield... lampard/Ramsey, totti/Pjanic comes to mind but too bad we lost out on Ince, would've come in handy! perhaps inter should've also tried knocking at the door of Ravel Morrison, a really exciting young english player but with a history of being a bad boy, maybe ausi would've had better luck with him since he did such a good job with m'vila and medel!
One of the many talents we have in the youth team.

Paulino De La Fuente

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Pau vs Hachim mastour

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Once I saw his a Spaniard, I knew is going to get tougher to keep him around. His looks like the real deal, a future star play-maker that the team could very well use one day but as he gets better its going to get harder to convince him to stay because top teams will coming knocking on the door and asking for him and some deals are going to tempting. Hope he stays and doesn't look to far away from a first team start.

Still waiting for Bessa to make his mark in the team, i can understand why Inter are pushing for a new division for reserv teams, has to be a better organisation to develop these talents, Inter won the next gen but where are they now? whilst many of the players they've faced are first team players by now!
Missed the game, what the hell happened? 3-1 lose to Frankfurt? What was the formation?
352. There were huge gaps and frankfurt took advantage. Defending was abysmal as well. Then I heard the formation changed to a 433 and nothing better happened.
at one point i think i saw D'Ambro playing as a CB, not half bad! but the team was too slow to react and as the game started till about 60 min, frankfurt were more aggressive and kept a momentum going so that it interrupted our gameplay and they ran that game through and through... inter still need to work out few more kinks and i thought this game was a good one for them to learn some vital lessons, they can't afford to play like this in the future and defi not in serie A, i think most of the team will be approaching them in this manner so they'll have to quickly adapt to playing together and not be taken back by teams that are disruptive and if they can't take control of the game, then atleast protect the ball and close down opponents quickly! also by the time they played 4-3-3, Botta had ran out of steam and Icardi was left trailing behind defenders and D'Ambro and Dodo did more of defending then attacking and Maz threw in Andreo when he saw it wasn't working... as for my favo inter player, guarin, if only the guy put in the same amount of work off the ball as he does with the ball we'd have a quality player in our ranks, kinda understand now why Maz says about him that he needs to be 'on' for 90 min...
After watching the game, Frankfurt was just upping the tempo by the minute and they kept pressing. Ranoch needs to make better decisions on when to push up. Ranoch and Vidic need to be better in sync, Vidic isn't quick so he has to count on his positioning and Ranoch's legs for speed, Ranoch can't be making silly mistakes like that. Its worrying because they need to do a better job,they are going to be test by speed when the campaign begins. Also Joel Obi was awful, too many mistakes on his part and would rather see another player getting more shots on the team then him, poor showing. D'Ambro brought some solidarity when he came on and put on a good effort to help defend.

Now Mazz at least has a working plan B but this team needs a play-maker and a standout play-maker who can really step up for the team. I feel like guys like Hernanes, M'Vila, Kovacic are quality but not true play-makers which something that was missing in the Franfurt game. Inter needs Alvarez as that player, he can defend and string good passes.
alvarez is a engine, really works his socks off and he comes alive when he is allowed to run at defenders which should help with the closing of the gap between midfield and attack... as for Obi, he is better at playing outwide and when he has players like Nago, Juan and Kova to worry about and work with, he could be streched out and didn't look entirely comfortable out on the field as he isn't used to playing with them, Herna did a better job and i'm excited about what kind of understanding he'll strike with Dodo and Juan... also for AM, i keep reading about Grenier, could perhaps be the surprise and at least a viable alternative to Guarin, more offensive and could slot in to the AM and allow Kova to play in his natural MC?
Would be certainly a nice move to make by adding another AM that can interchange with Alvarez in this long season were injuries are bound to happen. Drop Kova to his more comfortable CM position which works for him.

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Guarin needs to go while his worth something. My problem with him is he doesn't consistently play well enough to cement himself a position in MF which is frustrating because he has moments of brilliance. Now with Inter's jam packed MF he won't start over any of those guys and he isn't good enough at the AMF position. Would awesome to bring in a surprise AMF before the window closes.

you mean play alvarez as an AM? that could work! specially if you have herna on the field but I'd be surprised to see Kova on the field! as you'd have to have one of M'Vila or Medel playing alongside Herna... that's if you play with 2 strikers... if not then perhaps you could push medel/M'Vila in to a deeper DM and play Herna along with Kova in midfield and with just 1 striker... it looks like it'll be competition for a starting spot and I doubt Kova will be experienced enough to fight for a spot and i doubt Maz will spoon feed him if he fails too often but he did have a good comeback towards the end of last season, which shows he can adapt... well... after going through a 'bad' spell where he himself said he wanted to leave the club... will be curious to see if Maz can get something of this team as it looks like he has all the building blocks to do well this season! even with or without guarin and the type of player that can take his spot, but it'll also depend on how the players will react to this type of competition for a spot... eitherway i'm glad the midfield has been strengthened, now, if all the players can stay in shape and really come together to be the drive force of this team, we can see Kova, M'Vila, Herna, Guarin, Medel and Krhin make a name for each other and for themselves, as each of them offers something unique and you can pick and mix them to give the team different dimension... but it'll depend on how much they're willing to give the spotlight to each other...
Wow A 13th place team in Bundesliga is trashing Inter. Kova is invisible, Rano is terrible, M'villa is invisible. Only Vidic and Botta are trying.
As long as Mazz keeps using his lame 3-5-2, Inter won't do well this season. Really couldn't understand why Mazz is so stubborn!
it was our midfield, obi-kova-m'vila just didn't click, m'vila is great at spreading play and he himself said he enjoys playing infront of the backline but i don't think he is used to a 3 in the back and it showed, besides we already have a 'spreader' and a good one in herna! m'vila has to sniff out attacks before hand and break them down enough for the back 3 to set themselves up, as we got caught out in the first goal but then again he didn't get much cover from Obi or Kova! also with rano and juan, it showed how important they are to this team... yes vidic is great but he is only the icing on the cake as juan and ranoch really need to be on their 'a' game if this team is to do well this season... glad to see Botta fight for a place in the team and if he can show that he is good at listening and improve game by game, i don't see why Maz can't stick it out with him untill january instead of going after Biabiany...
http://www.inter.it/en/hp

Osvaldo has been confirmed! Although he has a questionable attitude, im excited about the ambition Thohir is showing.We are slowly rebuilding.

Forza Inter
Indeed, Thohir is showing that his smarter then most rich owner his not going to play guess and check and bring in loads of big names in one summer, his bringing in good quality slowly for a cheap price. Once Inter starts playing better and better then competes in CL then Inter can expect big names coming in.
+1
i was also sceptic towards osvaldo but seeing as Inter does need a reliable replacement for Milito and Palacio, he is a good option and a proven striker in Serie A as for his attitude, after watching the game against frankfurt and how Icardi got pushed around, you'd want a striker like Osvaldo on the field who'll relish these types of close attention and has the neccessary skill to out do a cb pair as those two! he is different but he brings a different and useful set of skills to the field....
My fav lineup so far:

-------------------HANDANOVIC--------------------

----------RANOCCHIA---VIDIC---JUAN J.------------

NAGA----HERNANES-----M'VILLA-----KOVACIC------DODO

---------------ICARDI---PALACIO------------------

I am happier and more excited for this season because the team has depth. Every position has one or two players who can cover that position with little drop in quality. I want to see them fight for their positions. I want to see Naga, D'ambrossio,Mbaye, Dodo and Jonathan all battle it out to earn 1st team place.

Players like Obi,Khrin,Laxalt, Botta have quality enough to fill in for the 1st team players in Europa and cup competitions so that 1st team players can rest. Ofcourse, there will be a healthy dose of mixing between the 1st and 2nd teams in Europa and cup.

I am more optimistic about this season than any other since Mou left.I believe we can qualify for CL. We need to sign one more top player though in other to achieve that.

Can't wait for the next friendly. The stadium is already sold out, it will be epic.

Qualify for UCL? I like your optimism but UCL is a big target considering Inter will have to compete with Napoli, Roma and Juve who are favorites for the top 3 and their squads are on another level but its a possibility but with the new signings its going to take time to jell together. What I want to see is a fluid and attractive football match that's worth the wait and something for fans to enjoy with wins as the added bonus. If Inter clinch 4th place and go far in EL or win Coppa Italia then that's a good season indeed imo.
Squad quality is not everything in football. Tactical organization and team spirit are very important. Atletico Madrid is an example from last season.

Although Inter's squad is not the best in Serie A, tactical organization/superiority can provide that edge over teams like Napoli, Roma and Jebe.

Also the winner of Europa League gets direct qualification to the CL.
You have a point their but tactical organization is some Mazz failed at last season and team spirit is only going to come from a manager who inspires and make them believe that they can win. Mazz has shown little to none last season and Inter looked hopeless. His done a good job with Napoli but Inter is not Napoli and he tried to emulated that same formation and was so stubborn he stuck with it for so long last season. His not comparable to Simone who's just brilliant, his belief is what pushed Atletico to win the la liga.

With better players around this time lets see how Mazz pulls his strings, I can only hope he does a good job. Although Its going to take the players time to gel together, EL isn't going to be easy.
My fav lineup so far:

------------------------HANDANOVIC------------------------

JONATHAN----------RANOCCHIA-----VIDIC-------------NAGATOMO

-------------MEDEL--------M'VILA--------KOVACIC---------

---------------------------HERNANES-------------------------------

-----------------PALACIO----------ICARDI----------------------


It's a punch in the stomach that I couldn't find a spot for Alvarez. That's they way i'd start, I do hope that Mazzarri will a) field Alvarez in the same position he played at the beginning of last year and b)that Botta will have some playing time
The tricky part is finding a balance with a team of Kova and Herna specially when Maz plays on the counter... I'd say Guarin and Alvarez are essential for this team, they only become redundant when you but them in Maz's formation, which focuses on Wingbacks rather than wingers or widemidfield players... hence why Medel is so important to him...

but normally you could line up with kova and herna in a 4-1-2-1-2 or 4-1-3-1-1 formation.... or more bluntly how it would look like in a 4-4-2 formation...

Icardi - Kova

Alvarez - Herna/Medel - M'Vila - Guarin

Juan - Vidic - Ranoch - D'Ambro

the odd man out in this team would be Hernanes but he could work with M'Vila and Guarin if Alvarez tracks back... that's why I looked forward to seeing a player similar to Rabiot or even Guarin who can play as a LM and DM since we're not getting one and we splashed 20 mil on Herna just last mid-season, I hope Alvarez stays and i believe we're not giving up on the 3 at the back then we should at least sell Palacio so that we can find room for Botta and Alvarez...

however I'm mostly excited about the fact that we can now see the 4-2-3-1 formation with M'Vila - Medel as a pair or M'Vila - Guarin or even Hernanes - Medel! and we can push Guarin, Botta, Alvarez and Kova in AM positions!
I'm already loving the depth this team has and the formations that can be applied with all the talent. Maybe in January Thohir might bring in a sweet expensive signing like he did with Hernanes. If I was Mazz, I'd sell Palacio while his worth something in the winter and bring in a young CB with promise and talent who can rotate and learn from Vidic who will eventually take the role and play alongside Ranocchia.
N3RAZZURRI is right, this is just my fav option but I think Mazzarriw ould field a much more defensive squad. However I do not think this team is too offensive, M'Vila and Medel will do the dirty work
Palacio is going to turn 33 by the second half of the season might as well sell him while Inter can still cash in on him and bring maybe CB with lots of potential and quality and push Alvarez up top.
Maz has been giving a go with already those three at the back (Vidic, Juan, Ranoch) and since he is a fan of the 3 at the back he'd probably push D'Ambro as a wingback and i can see why he would let go of Guarin and Alvarez as they wouldn't find any place in his formation, well unless inter does sell Palacio and field Alvarez/Botta as second strikers... and his most offensive formation would be a 3-4-1-2 formation and even then Guarin would struggle for a place...


Osvaldo/Botta/Alvarez - Icardi/Osvaldo

Kova/Alvarez/Botta

Dodo - Medel/Herna/Kova - M'Vila/Guarin/Kova - D'Ambro

Juan - Vidic - Ranoch

I'll be curious to see how he will line up his formation with competition for the midfield, depending also on if he goes with the 3-5-2 formation between M'Vila, Medel, Kova and Herna... at least there is competition but I thought Krhin would be enough as a backup for M'Vila and with Medel it'll make it that harder for Guarin to find a place in this team!... and if they do sell him, I wonder what kind of type of player they'll go after...

with Medel display in the wordl cup, isn't he a type of player that can also play as a CB?
Guarin is going to definitely find it hard considering M'Vila and Medel are on point players that when they get settled are going to get very consistent both are top quality that can do their jobs well and it wouldn't look very good for Guarin who was very inconsistent last season. Medel can play the CB and with Andreolli playing as backup I guess it works but I would rather see upcoming quality CB talent coming through but that's my opinion.
Hey guys! I have been away for a while, hope everyone is fine.

Our signings so far:

Vidic
Medel
M'Vila
Osvaldo
Dodò

I'm not counting those players who came back from loans as they're set to leave soon (Khrin, Laxalt ecc...).

So, what do you guys think?

All in all I am happy. Vidic is a great defender, Medel is a player we needed - saw hin playing only during the WC and to me he did very well - and M'Vila looks good too (even though his gf looks much better).

My only disappointment is Osvaldo, I don't really understand why signing a player who either failed in the teams he went to or caused dressing room disturbances...


Wait, when did we sign Medel? Thats f**king awesome!
Welcome back. Dawich, N3razzurri and I have been talking about you.They were both saying that you were lame and I was the only one on your side.

N3razzurri was also talking about Julionne and Orpheus going quiet on the forums.

;)
+1
@VanDer, well its hard to judge Osvaldo, his attitude and past history sucks extremely with his childish displays but when in form before he left Roma he was scoring loads of goals and none can deny his a threat on the field. Also he does balance out our strikers situation, Palcaio is an aging player and Icardi is still a very young player who developing while Osvaldo is in his prime years and has experience and that's going to be very useful. Lets hope Mazz can turn him around and get him to score goals rather then punching teammates.

Bringing in the a player like Medel is a plus his an all round natural DM and a tough guy to be put up against. His most definitely the kind of muscle Inter needs in front of our defense along with an experience Vidic anchoring the back-line.
7 mil for Osvaldo? not a bad deal considering inters current situation! but i'd pull my hair out if we went and spend 20 mil on Lavezzi when we hesitated on Dzeko and later Jovetic... I was pleasantly surprised by Dodo and M'Vila, not entirely sold on Vidic, except for his experience which shows but we'll see how far into the season he could be of use, specially when strikers and teams get going in Serie A... as for M'Vila and Osvaldo, time will tell, it's always nice coming into a new team and a change of scenery, hope they settle in quckly and comfortably!... and Medel is an unknown player to me but i know Maz followed him before he went to Cardiff and that Inter was looking for a player to compliment M'Vila... i hope this team Inter has been building continues to come together and don't collaps due to injury and/or form or whatever has been plaguing this team for the past 4-3 seasons! @Gjwaindim, I've had Moe soldier on with me, you could make a blog with what we've been talking and saying about the transfer market, the funny part is the optimism i had before and the players that have arrived, not half-bad players, if im being honest!
Hey guys! Hehe me lame? Nahh I was very busy with my job...:)
Lolol, he was just kidding Vander. Welcome back! I missed our arguments :p
looks like inter will sign osvaldo and medel, with them we'd at least get them on the cheap, which is great considering what their clubs paid for them... and they should help to consolidate 4th spot and then if we fall of that mark or reach higher than it, will depend much on injuries, form and not so much on the 'big' signing that could come after them, what makes me worried is that we might have to sell for that player and since we won't be seeing Lamela, I'm not sure I'd want to see Alvarez or Guarin leave the club... also at worst if things doesn't work out with Osvaldo then we're not forced to sign him, i think?
I'd be happy with the 4th spot. I say this because imho our team is as good as the one we had last year. Maybe we now have a more complete midfield line but I still think Roma and Napoli have something more, especially in the long run.

My hope is that Mazzarri learnt from last season and won't commit the same mistakes like defending with 10 men in the box against weak teams (which always led use to draw) and stop falling in love with Guarin. Time will tell if this tem can work or not, remember that last year none expected Rome to arrive 2nd, maybe this year we'll be the underdogs...
Napoli, Roma and Juventus are obvious favorites for the top 3 places with the fact that not only do they have quality players but depth which is important on the long haul. Inter might have quality players but not depth that can match those three on the long haul. 4th place is the target but even beyond that I want to see Inter play to win and put on an entertaining show rather then draw and play 9 men in the back against teams that Inter can win against, its time to ditch that and play to win!

With these new signings in addition to Inter current players, Mazz needs to be more flexible with formations and not do the same mistake of playing 3 at the back over and over again or play Guarin repeatedly even when he has bad showings and needs to sit out. He needs to make the players work off each other rather then playing an individual game. I like what I saw against Roma, it was fluid and entertaining, that's what I want to see from Inter. Plus I want to see more of Alvarez, he was great then he got benched for what? The more games he plays the better then guy get.

@N3razzurri, your right if things don't work out Inter don't have to sign him. Its a loan deal with an option to buy for 5.5mil is what I heard so really its up to Osvaldo to show up and play well. His a top striker when in form, hopefully Inter can get that.
I think we can definitely top Roma this year. We now have a relatively solid midfield(Mvilla, Medel), with some creativity in Hernanes. Both that third spot is Romas to lose.

P.S Welcome back VanderAraf, I missed our arguments :p
Tough call to make really, they have better strikers options and a better defense then Inter but lets see where it goes.


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