Just some numbers for you all.
Inter at home: lost against Hajduk Split 0-2, drew against Vaslui 2-2, lost to Roma 1-3, and drew today versus Rubin Kazan 2-2. Five goals scored, nine goals conceded. Record: two draws, two losses.
Inter away: won against Hajduk Split 0-3, won against Vaslui 0-2, won against Pescara 0-3 and won against Torino 0-2. Ten goals scored, ZERO conceded. Record: four wins.
Like I said on Twitter and Facebook, since that announcement of a new stadium by 2017, the Giuseppe Meazza has been haunting us.
Anyway, let’s talk about the match. We knew before this game that Stramaccioni was going to rotate some of the players. And as a result, we saw Walter Samuel, Philippe Coutinho, Marko Livaja and Walter Gargano in the starting lineups. But the one player that he should rotate out of the team is Jonathan. That was one crappy performance in the first half. He couldn’t pass, couldn’t shoot, couldn’t do anything that can help the team win. But in contrary, single handedly gave a stupid penalty to Rubin Kazan. Wow, hopefully after this game, Strama can just do the one thing that the fans have always wanted: ZANETTI IN THE RIGHT BACK POSITION.
Now, Philippe Coutinho. Those are that following me on Twitter and Facebook know that I recently bought a Cou number 7 shirt so obviously I am a fan of his but he did absolutely NOTHING in this game. One guy told me that he was “the best player in the midfield.” Really? No dude, making a few runs and shooting the ball off target aren’t qualified as “the best player in the midfield.” Unlike Juan Jesus against Torino, Coutinho certainly did not take this chance very well.
Lastly Fredy Guarin. What worries me the most is that for the last three games, he has been horrible. I don’t know what is going on with his passing game but that aspect is gone. He can’t complete one single pass to save his life and against Rubin Kazan, he dribbled and dribbled and dribbled in the midfield until he losses the ball.
Anyway, enough ranting. Another chance to break this San Siro curse is this Sunday against Siena. FORZA INTER PER SEMPRE!
Inter: 1 Handanovic; 42 Jonathan, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 21 Gargano; 7 Coutinho; 99 Cassano, 88 Livaja.
Subs: 27 Belec, 6 Silvestre, 10 Sneijder, 14 Guarin, 22 Milito, 31 Pereira, 40 Juan Jesus.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.
Rubin Kazan: 1 Ryzhikov; 76 Sharonov, 4 Cesar Navas, 2 Kuzmin, 25 Marcano; 27 Bocchetti, 66 Natcho, 8 Ryazantsev, 61 Karadeniz; 23 R. Eremenko; 99 Rondon.
Subs: 88 Haghihi, 6 Orbaiz, 55 Tore, 22 Dyadyun, 9 Kaleshin, 10 Kasaev, 19 Kaleshin.
Coach: Kurban Berdyev.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin.
Prediction: Inter 2-1 Rubin Kazan
Appiano Gentile – Palacio is going to miss the match but the overall team rotation will be there. Inter will start their Europa League adventure tonight against Rubin Kazan as the favorite but they must also be aware of the difficulty in the view of the league. “I’ll rest a few players because the fixture list doesn’t get any easier after Sunday. Afterwards we have Chievo then Fiorentina. If we need to recharge anyone’s batteries we have to do it between Thursday and Sunday.”
Who’s in, who’s out Had he been healthy, Palacio would have been the certainty to play up front against Rubin but the Argentinian is still dealing with injury and thus he is not in the 20-player list available for the game on Thursday. “Palacio is a bit of bad news for us. It would be risky to field him tomorrow but we hope to have him back for Sunday because he’s a key player for us. He’s feeling a bit under the weather, so we decided to leave him out.” And since Ricardo Alvarez is not on the UEFA list for this competition, the numbers in attack are reduced to a minimum. Sneijder and Milito will be rested and so it is up to the abnormal trident of Coutinho, Cassano and the young Croatian player Livaja. The last two will be alternating to be the central forward with Coutinho being called upon to create space. In the defense, expect Silvestre and Samuel to be in the middle.
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport