Inter said no to John Carew and showing confidence in Tommaso Rocchi. The Italian striker is working well and cannot wait to contribute again now that his physical conditions have improved tremendously. There are even voices suggesting that the 35 year-old could get a start against Catania this weekend.

The time of Tommaso Rocchi has arrived for several reasons: because it is the moment to utilize the signings in January, because Cassano and Palacio need to catch their breath, because he was signed as vice-Milito, because sooner or later, he will get that 100th goal in Serie A (the last goal is dated back in 2012 in Lazio 2-0 Milan).

That chance for Rocchi could come as soon as this Sunday against Catania. Andrea Stramaccioni sees him as the central striker in a 4-2-3-1 for example. The time for Rocchi has come. At the Massimino of Catania…

Source: Gazzetta dello Sport


  • forza rocchi

    he will score a hattrick

    • Sina

      To be honest, I actually don’t doubt this. I know folks will think I’m crazy, but he has the drive to do 90 minutes now and the potential to break his elongated and exhausting record of 99 in Serie A, especially if we play wing-tier attacking football, Catania’s biggest and costliest weakness this season. Needless to mention, Catania are out of their two best defensive midfielders and will have a double-down open right-front to work on. Palacio and Cassano are overworked and tired… with a break to them, I think Rocchi will be a superb starter. Put in Kovačić as attacking midfielder and playmaker with Alvarez, and maybe even Guarin as either the box-to-box behind the aforementioned two, or dare I say it… a bold and ambitious move… a secondary striker supporting Rocchi in the front forward. I don’t usually do formations because I think immensely complex, but…

      … something like this…


      Mbaye (for Chivù)
      Gargano (for Cuchu)

      Yes, I know… I’m weird.

      • Devis Cami

        Pupi cannot play in defense with 3 players.

        • Sina

          Pupí and JJ can do just fine; it is Chivù who needs to put just a little more cover and stay in the back, in addition to mark well and apply pressure. Otherwise, there’s no real need for a 4-man defense. I don’t know why we, at least in this era, give our entire focus to defensive midfielders when we really need to be thinking ‘forward’ (pun intended).

      • Solberg – Norway

        That was a very attacking formation. Unless its a good old switcharoo?
        Attacking with a 3-2-3-2, with good with (not sure if it is The right word, but i mean wing-play) and 2dm’s who should protect the defence on counters and help build-up play. In defencive formation a 4-3-2-1, with schelotto as a lb and kov as lcm. Ricky and guaro as playmaker and attacking mid.
        Did i get it right? You have to tell me more about the setup, as i find it quite interesting.

        • Sina

          I love your approach to the Defensive formation and I think you did indeed hit the nail on the head. Being fortunate to live in this country and attending Inter games occasionally, I suppose I have a different perspective from the folks here since I don’t watch on TV (unless the away match is too far away) and it results in seeing everything from an upwards, head-on angle instead of the usual TV camera (side-to-side). And after much frustration from the losses where I overanalyze, I am usually left with the radical/extremist thought of focusing more on gaining chances for goals, instead of using the traditional possession/passing-up-the-pitch-to-get-close-to-a-goal techniques (something that Strama is emulating closely). Perhaps my way is too different. But it is an overly attacking focus to get an answer to more goals per game. Not goals that happen by chance, as have been in the past, but more set-up goals. You described my plan perfectly. The two DMs pull the Defense back and help in producing counter-attacks (both Kuz and Cuchu are great passers and crossers, so we don’t need to worry too much about turnovers). This dive-in wing approach and also what I call Guerra Lampo (which translates to Blitzkrieg in Italian) — pushing the attacking midfielders and the DMs forward to cram the strikers into a goal position — or a 3-2-3-2, I believe will work perfectly against Catania as I have tracked them closely. For all other teams in the future, something else may work. The key is to stop Catania’s weak outer defense and find their negative areas. With this formation, we can maximize our goals, given that Handa and Chivù will be alert, which… from what I last saw from both of them… looks to be exactly the case. Other than Serie-B-promoted Torino, Catania is a huge surprise this season. A difficult team in the central midfield… but we can run circles around them using this formation and win fairly easily.

          • Solberg – Norway

            There is much thought behind that formation and i would very much like to see this strategy in action and really like that there is other people like myself which is interested in, not only the game, but also the tactical aspect of it :) i envy you for your birds-eye perspective and hope i will be able to once see inter with my own camera-lince some day

          • Sina

            Thanks for your response! I hope that you will get the chance to attend a match at the Meazza (or even the newly-proposed stadium) as it is something that cannot be described by mere words. A true spectacle… and an activity that you will not regret, even in the case of a loss. Perhaps you will also update me when you are in town so that we can have a chat (English works, I suppose, right?)!

          • Solberg – Norway

            Sounds good!

      • Uche Esele Akahome

        Guarin as a striker? The fuck are you smoking?

        • Sina

          I already said that I think differently. I don’t think I should get such a remark for it, but that’s okay. I find my technique more forward-appointed than an all-arounder, if that’s what you’re expecting. Also worth mentioning, is that I would orient a new position for Guarin… a “field striker” who plays as a winger and striker up-front, but is also a box-to-box player. Guarin can make the runs… we’ve all seen it.

          • Uche Esele Akahome

            Guarin can make runs with the ball, not without the ball. The chance he missed against Milan shows that he’s not a striker. He knows how to take longshots. He is more suited for the central midfield role.

          • Sina

            Guarin can mark very well, so it’s not needed that he run so much without the ball. The chance he missed against Milan? Even Milito may not have been able to score that one… it was from a tough angle, I was pretty much right in front of that and saw it closely. One chance isn’t definitive of one’s playing position. Guaro isn’t a striker, but he could do well as one just temporarily while Palacio and FantAntonio rest for the Spurs. Also, have you seen his close-end goals? The latest example being in Romania against Cluj? Those weren’t exactly easy and open angles, so he can definitely do the job. He has often played the role of a striker in the games where he scores from a close, point-blank range.

  • Herditya Pradipta

    He still has the touch but his physical condition didn’t allow him.
    Let’s hope he’ll play in the much better shape.


    Rocchi will score against Catania …!!