STARTING LINEUPS

Catania: 21 Andujar; 22 Alvarez, 6 Legrottaglie, 3 Spolli, 18 Monzon; 13 Izco, 7 Tachtsidis, 4 Almiron; 19 Castro, 9 Bergessio, 11 Leto.

Subs: 1 Frison, 34 Ficara, 5 Rolin, 10 Lopez, 20 Freire, 23 Boateng, 24 Gyomber, 31 Cabalceta, 32 Petkovic, 35 Doukara.

Coach: Rolando Maran.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 14 Campagnaro, 23 Ranocchia, 5 Juan Jesus; 2 Jonathan, 13 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 10 Kovacic, 55 Nagatomo; 11 Alvarez; 8 Palacio.

Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 30 Carrizo, 6 Andreolli, 7 Belfodil, 9 Icardi, 17 Kuzmanovic, 18 Wallace, 21 Taider, 25 Samuel, 31 Pereira, 35 Rolando, 90 Olsen.

Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

PREVIEW

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It is going to need a total team effort to get a win at Catania tonight. There is not going to be a lot of changes made Walter Mazzarri except one: Kovacic will start in the beginning instead of Kuzmanovic. Other than that, everything should be the same from the 3-5-1-1 formation to Alvarez and Palacio playing up front just like against Genoa.

Source: GdS

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  • Grande

    I would choose Taider over Cambiasso.

    • Khaled

      I think Mazzari is gonna change the midfield gradually. As he entered Kovacic the main squad after two matches from recovery, he’ll enter Taider too.

  • dimas

    may i have links to stream?

  • Ahmed Lutfi

    Juve winning 4-1, Napoli 4-2 and Roma 3-0….. I hope Inter will score at least 3-0 tonight.

    • bambamzamorano

      you got it right LOL

  • Ahmed Lutfi

    Juve winning 4-1, Napoli 4-2 and Roma 3-0….. I hope Inter will score at least 3-0 tonight.

  • lynx

    Kaka DONE deal to Milan,
    on the other note: Ozil is for sale,
    Which do you guy prefer, we lose this match and panic buying ozil for 30 mills,
    or we win and keep faith in perreira?

  • lynx

    wow, awful performance,
    if this was rube we would already down 0-3

    • Uche Esele Akahome

      What were you saying again??? SMH

      • lynx

        did you watch the game? if so, the first 10 minutes your comment should be the same as mine

  • kifni41

    GREAT PASS,,, JHONNY……
    GOALLL>>>

  • Mini1984

    Jonny boy is he man gooooooooal

  • i bleed black and blue

    haha fuck Bale we have Johny :))

  • Zoki

    Handanovič saving us in defense and man, OUR JOHNY BOY IS TEARING THIS JOINT APART. HE CREATED THIS GOAL, EASY TAP IN FOR PALACIO. Man Johny improved so much.

  • Mini1984

    Maicon WHAAAAAAAAT – Johnnny boy is our man

  • MerdaJube

    Johnny!!! <3

  • iman

    oh jonny..what has mazzari done with him!!! damn..seems to be a young maicon..

  • i bleed black and blue

    my worst nightmare… kovacic renewed his injury it seems .. :((((((

    • bambamzamorano

      what’s wrong with him?

      • i bleed black and blue

        dunno,substitued in 42th min .. it must be some kind of injury

  • kifni41

    let’s see how taider plays…. :)

  • bambamzamorano

    why is kovacic out is he injured?

    • Mini1984

      No coach will sub a player on 42 min of the game if he want injured :(

      • kifni41

        i think it’s not serious, but potential to be serious ones, so mazzari thinks it’s better to replace him.. i hope he’ll be 100% soon…

    • Deoz

      Kovacic played well in this games bro??? i cant watch this game :(

  • MillD

    Kova played horribly, must be injury.

    • Liam31

      Mazzari it’s the problem like Strama he is using injured players !!!

  • Ljun

    Kovacic wasn’t running into spaces and seemed out of sorts.
    His injury probably aggravated.

  • Liam31

    veery bad game … we are playing like sheet … another game with no vision of play .

    Only 1 ST ??? 1 AMC ??? WTF ???

    • Uche Esele Akahome

      What were you saying again? I can’t stand impatient people. Learn to keep calm and trust Mazzari.

  • nazr

    horrible first half, if it would have been any other (top) team we would have paid with a few goals against us, just plain horrible. to add insult to injury kovacic gets fucked, why in hell would you play our most promising player a week before the derby when you know he’s not capable of maintaining form for 90 mins. smh

    • Liam31

      That’s I’m asking too myself … poor decision continue with ower team :(((

  • zzzzzz

    just fuck off cambiasso in 2 round

  • POLISH PROUD

    Yes we winning at this moment 0:1 but i see not the inter who i would see. cambiasso is only a sub not more. juan jesus is awful in the defense, good that we have a incredibile Campagnaro and handanovic. hope that kovacic and palacio havent a great injure… now i wait of a super second half! FORZA INTER <3

    • #4

      yup. JJ should be on the bench for couple games.

  • AREK MALANG

    Hope Palacio is doing fine…..

  • Reza

    f*uck all the haters, I’m buying a jonathan shirt!

  • Ed Berman

    Can I ask you guys where you are streaming this from?? I can’t for the life of me figure out a way to stream the game -___-

  • MerdaJube

    The samuraj scoreees!!!

  • Zoki

    NAGATOMO GOLASO, showing that you can still score 2 headers in 2 games even if you are small!

  • kifni41

    NAGATOMO….

    GOAL….

    PALACIO & JHONNY make a good couple… haha

  • Viktorious

    Palacio, just Brilliant! By far our best player and most consistent of all for a long time now. I dont know if he intended to play nagatomo on his head but just look the replay, it was brilliant! Just enough for our little Japanese to get his head on.

    • Mini1984

      Was Nagatomo’s first goal a header?

      • #4

        yup.2 header goals in 2 Serie A matches :)

      • #4

        yup.2 header goals in 2 Serie A matches :)

  • Ognjen Dakic

    We are great at breaking their attacks on their half…But what Cambiasso still doing on the pitch.I think he is there just to be captain.Samuel, please, get well soon (Zanetti needs time) and take captains role so Cambiasso can be benched

    • Deutscher

      Cambiasso’s still there? i thought someone got a red card

      • harendro

        I’ll try handa-campa-rano-samuel-chuchu-taider-guarin-ricky-palacio for juve. We need chuchu because campa is often overlapping.

  • Mini1984

    I am liking Taider – he’s doing well so far

  • NSP

    What has Mazzarri done with our wingback…..its f*****g awesome!!!!
    Nagatomo and Jonathan are on fire

  • solointer

    ALVARESSSSSSSSSSSSSS what a GOAL

  • INTer

    alvarez

  • Zoki

    RICKY SOLO!

  • MerdaJube

    Rickyyyyy Beast! <3

  • kifni41

    Good job ricky… goalll…

  • harendro

    Who says ricky alvarez slow??
    Also taider is good, very good and campagnaro is best buy of the season.

    • Masoud

      Interestingly, we didn’t even buy him!

  • Viktorious

    ALVAREZ 0-3 Way to easy done:d But still nice play, very well found space but worthless play off catania, keeper was just standing there, bad positioning

  • INTer

    wallace in

  • Ognjen Dakic

    Mazzari great…

  • INTer

    so far so good keep it up. next rubentus.

  • Ahmed Lutfi

    Let’s be honest, Man of the Match: Walter Mazzarri

    • FCINTER

      agree lol:)))

  • Mini1984

    Belfodil played well for his first game, disallowed goal and two chances. Our team is looking more and more interesting. Only negative of the night is K’s injury

  • Zoki

    Very nice victory! What impresses me most is that we managed to net 5 goals in 2 games and didn’t concede even one goal, latter one being huge problem in last season. The only problem in the team is Cambiasso, I wish he wasn’t bound to play due to being the Captian. Otherwise we could start with Taider instead of him and our team would be awesome.

  • POLISH PROUD

    ok good game by inter. now i wait for derby d italia. if we win against juve i know we are on the right track. grazie mazzari! FORZA INTER <3

  • Jhonny The Great!

    “bale moved to madrid” hell i care
    “messi hattrick in 45″ well quite interesting..

    “King Jo give a beautiful assist! Tricky do Solo Run Goal!”
    OMG OMG OMG OMG…!!!!
    #swag

  • Ahmed Haider Sultan

    it is clear now who our best summer signing is ….Walter mother freackin Mazzari !!!!!!!!!! dat defense today was class

  • Viktorious

    Nice game, good team performance, but Catania didn’t give them a challenge. I’m still eager to see this Inter against a top 5 team. I’m worried Belfodil won’t suit in this Inter, dont like his movement. We need creative players like Palacio. Last season I didn’t much enjoy watching Inter play, but Palacio was always inspiring. I think Lazar Markovic or Adem Ljajic would have been much better signings than him. Markovic will become a world top 20 striker in few years. Fast and creative just like Inter needs to be. And for 7 mio he would have been a steal. Ljajic will be very good too, immediately scored today at Roma his first goal. I think Palacio and Milito will make this season, not our young guys. Still think that Stankovic should have been kept for this season as he was at age 34 better than 80% of the current material, just too many unlucky injuries in last seasons.

    • Vlad

      Belfodil will be great. He just need time to accomodate

      • rob

        he was brilliant when he came on however should’ve scored a couple, his movement and positioning is first class

      • Just Inter

        true,, too fast to judge him only on first appereance

  • Vlad

    In summer friendlies our guys couldnt run. Now our boys run at the end of the game like the game just begun. Great work so far from WM

  • Just Inter

    all hails johnny!!!

    my God, he’s incredible, and i’m not only talking about football here, but just see how he absorb all the booes and curses we’ve thrown to him, and get himself up..
    mentally he’s so strong, i can not imagine if i was in his position when all interisti mocked him,,maybe i would get suicide!!
    but he’s not, so king johnny… please accept my utmost respect for being mentally strong and give us a very valuable lesson in life : no matter how much you fail, you have to try again..

  • ahmad

    WHO THE FUCK IS BALE?! WE HAVE KING JONATHAN

  • NSP

    I swear if INTER finish in the Top 3 this season, i will grow a Palacio rat tail.. im not joking!!

  • NSP

    I swear if INTER finish in the Top 3 this season, i will grow a Palacio rat tail.. im not joking!!

    • QWERTY

      I will save as this post as the prove of your promise lol

    • QWERTY

      I will save as this post as the prove of your promise lol

      • Mr.Kaka

        lol nice nickname QWERTY :D

  • iman

    show me the highlights friends..couldnt watch the game..

  • oba

    cant wait to play juve next week, will be a great test and will truely show where this team is at…

    • Poida

      2 weeks, next week is international break

  • TheGerman

    awesome to watch, Ricky: f***ing king, Jonny: a joy to watch, Palacio just a beast….
    nonetheless we have some work to do, Catania had like 15 minutes in the first half were we looked a little bit unorganised and lost a few balls but I’m just glad that Mazzarri knows how to get the best out of our guys.

    greetings form a german Interista :)

  • jemz

    I didn’t watch the game, but from all comments here seems like the game was like this:
    - Johny Almighty strikes again with a skill of god
    - Mazzari don’t plan kovacic as our new marek hamsik, it’s ricky
    - Guarin play underpar (again???)
    - Campagnaro still the only reason we got clean sheet every match
    - Nagatomo and Palacio can score over 20 goal this season
    - Kovacic still injured -don’t expect him to play every match guys, he is just a kid. His muscle isn’t ready. We don’t want him to be like coutinho. Cou is great, but benitez pushed to play him regularly then he injured for most of the time him here-
    - We still struggle to find partner for palacio as icardi and belfodil still has a lot homework to improve their performance

    correct me if I’m wrong guys.. I really want to know howt the game was going

  • Mini1984

    Mazzari on Kovacic: “I don’t know how serious his injury is. We’ll run some tests on him tomorrow but I don’t think it’s that bad.”

  • Mr.Kaka

    What formation was played?

    • Manuel

      3511

    • Manuel

      3511

  • gsvir

    I’m wondering what was Mazzari’s motivational speech to Jonny :D

  • interd1sia

    arggghhhhhhh damnit i missed this game. i was waiting for this game until about 15 minutes before kickoff but then i slept. i don’t know how these guys play but i’ve seen the highlights and it was all a good goal. especially how ricky did solo run for the third. that was pretty great. this seems like a revelation season for both jojon and ricky. anybody else would come aboard with them? :D

  • http://www.TolulopeAdeyemi.com/ Tolulope Adeyemi

    As predicted Catania provided more than a tough test. The first half began with Inter taking the game to Catania, but it took a while before the team could assume the carefully rehearsed shape the Sergeant had made them try out in training all week. In the opening stages, we took a very cautious approach but I was fully confident this Inter will not resort to trying too hard only to be left exposed in dangerous positions like we did at times last season. Back to the match, we found promising openings very hard to come by, indeed our first real opening occured when the match was about 15 minutes old, but was somehow not converted (the Tank did well to release Jon with a simple lay off, but the defender took the wrong option by attempting to finish by himself, when a simple square pass across Catania’s box-6 was the clear better option with ninjas waiting to pounce on a cross that never materialised).

    But the team quickly took that wasted golden opportunity on its chin and moved on to pasture anew. Defensively, we soaked up a whole lot of pressure especially down our left as J Tha Hard J did lots of good things shawdow-marking his man at times (though The Samurai’s defensive abilities did leave a lot to be desired). Catania would later put us in a lot of difficulty in the first half, successfully pegging us back (and I must confess the Tank and Kova looked suspect when asked a few questions – and coupled with the play of a certain Slow-mo Cuchu, we couldn’t do much in the midfield).

    However, Kova (playing as a left-sided midfielder and out of position) looked awfully bad, gave the ball away in very dangerous places one too many times and Catania duly capitalised by overloading us on the left trying to brute force their way into our goal. The wave of Catania’s attacks, particularly down our left, showed no signs of abating either and we were pegged back a bit too much (much to my chagrin). Kova looked lost, turned the ball over again and again and offered very little going forward, hence the Samurai was made to work a lot more than he did against both Cittadella and Genova.

    The Sergeant looked very uncorfortable on the bench too (and rightly so) as he watched his team struggle to put together any decent run (and even get the most simple passes right). The Frog in particular attempted a simple ball over the top to the Samurai – which went straight out of play, but he was a little reassuring when tracking his man and intercepting passes – he was quite solid all round, twarting promising Catania attacks. We allowed one-too many crosses into our vital area down the left (the Samurai needs to be more aggressive and determined when marking his man – as he almost deflected a Bergessio’s attempt at goal past Batmanovic). We simply rode our luck at times.

    In the attack, our first half display can be best described as toothless (the barking of a dog without dentition). The attacking play of our central midfielders was gross inadequate, they offered very little in the defensive phase and were shockingly bad in the attacking phase too where their play, which was supposed to be pivotal to our forays into the Catania’s half, left The Rat isolated and largely ineffective. The best good thing I saw in the first half, attacking wise, came from Jon on the right (that dude has got a typically great Brazilian foot-work).

    For our goal in the 20-something minute, Jon showed tremendous dribbling skill to nutmeg his man and square the ball right across Catania’s goalmouth for the simplest of tap-ins which The Rat steered home confortably for his second Serie A goal of the 2013/2014 campaign in as many games. Minutes later, we could have doubled our advantage though after yet another good work from Jon on the right fetched out The Tank who made a strong run to the byline and cut the ball back across goal to the well-placed Ricky – only for him to fluff it (can’t Ricky smack the ball with his right foot to save his life? He could easily have got a personal double out of this game!).

    There was a slight improvement when Tarzan got the grip of things a bit more in the second half – a late first half replacement for Kova – as Catania’s forays did not enjoy much success down our left anymore. With Catania having little success down our left as the second half wore on, they began probing us in the middle and on the right with very little success, we had closed shop more effectively than we did in the first half. A very vital tactical usefulness of Slow-mo Cuchu showed through in the second half, when the Sergeant instructed him to join the defence while J Tha Hard J joined the midfield when we were not in possession and it worked well to arrest the problematic left (given the obvious defensive frailties of The Samurai and Kova that seemed to have given Catania some comfort and strengthened their resolve that the breakthrough they seek in the game will finally happen via our left if they persisted in bombarding us from there). They were dead wrong as the Sergeant was already kept in the know (he would later remove the plug from under the hope of Catania – as their only route into the game was deleted by Maz in a heart beat).

    Boy o boy, this little tactical switch in play when not in possession gave solidity to our left, as J Tha Hard J was seen pressing Leto (in particular) high up the pitch before he could walk the ball into our vital area (now I understand why all the rumour about Marquinho is showing up lately – The Samurai’s obvious defensive inadequacies). If Cuchu was slow, this slight tinker had ensured he finally had a job to do on the team other than the pointing-pointing job he has done all summer (but the team still suffered from his limited vision though as just like it happened against Genova we could not spread the play well and probe Catania from anywhere and everywhere, but none other than Zanetti possesses superior tactical awareness and skill-set among the sea of central midfielders currently at the behest of the Sergeant).

    Our second half display in the attacking third was very encouraging indeed as the wing-backs (owing to the Sergeant’s half-time talk and slight tactical tinkering) now had the assurance to attack without worrying about leaving spaces behind for Catania to exploit (The Blue Teetho in particular did well to keep Catania pegged back with his footwork and great ball-reading skills down the right – as he joined the attack when necessary thus helping us to overload Catania on their left). That first half display only emphasised the importance of the midfield in modern football (your games are won and lost in this vital department – the very place we got our ass crushed particularly in the second half of last season).

    However, the central midfield started to intercept play and provide readily available launch pad for our swift counter attacks. Ricky Reborn was all over the place and finally he was putting his big frame to good use (something he obviously lacked last year) – he can only get better from here. Who would have predicted that the Ricky who had looked fragile since joining us in 2011 would be fixed through a rather gruesome pre-season exertions – he was a mule for us). Rafael Vieri must be drooling right about now (but seriously dude get off Obi’s back).

    We should have had a penalty, given the way The Rat was felled just when he was about to connect to a delicious pull-out by our impressive Jon from right (what on earth was the ref looking at?), he allowed play to continue only for The Samurai to be denied Inter’s second goal of the night via the outstretched arm of Catania’s goalkeeper. Our second goal was only minutes away from materialising.

    And the second goal duly arrived after the second of two beautiful similar moves down the right – this time The Rat was the provider as The Samurai sneaked in from the left to send a bullet header right back across the face of goal for an easy finish. The important second goal brought calmness to our play and we began to dwell on the ball more without running risks. In fact, the second goal was the necessary breather we needed in the defensive phase as Catania just gave up the ghoul. We began to hurt them on each counter – the third blow was only a matter of when not if?

    Moments later, an amazing driving run from the lively Ricky through the middle saw him nutmeg his man and cut through the Catania defence as a hot knife would through butter to hit a glorious left footed grounder to the keeper’s left and nested in the back of the net after hitting the left post for a superb third. By this time, Catania had died as an opposition and the game became one-way traffic mismatch as we threatened to run rampant.

    Though no further goals arrived, Mazarri’s two other vital substitutions only helped to fortify the team’s position in the game as we completely dominated the remaining minutes of the contest. I must confess, I would have been happier had the scoreline ended 0-5 in our favour because it could easily have ended that way. First, The Bell’s eagerness got the better of him when he failed to stay in line with the Catania’s defence only to see The Rat’s second assist (in what would have been the team’s 4th goal of the night) rightly chalked off due to The Bell’s offside position.

    To the most annoying part of our final minutes play, a lightening fast counter attack from the left that pit 5 of our players against 2 hapless Catania defenders was wasted when the foolish Samurai chose not to pass the ball to any of the other better 4 options available to him when we arrived in the Catania box-18. That horrible play by The Samurai left me really bemused and indeed very angry. In fact, I am still angry at that foolish play (a day after the game ;) – and I want The Sergeant to stamp out any form of selfish play from our wing-men both Jon and much later the Samurai were guilty of putting the team in difficulty by choosing the wrong option when faced with glorious opportunities to relieve the team of unnecessary pressure and pain even as we come up against our toughest opposition in a forthnight. Perhaps we are yet to assimilate the new found life that has come into our play – I repeat no other Inter side has had 4 or 5 players attacking the opposition since the Triplet year, but as the season wears on, I fully expect to see an Inter side dominated by selfless and responsible players who would put the welfare of the team above personal glories).

    I saw about 4 different variations of The Sergeant’s favourite 3-5-2 tactical staple. A very malleable team indeed. Bravo Maz!

    Rating: 7/10

    Batmanovic: This fella was way busier today than he was against Genova, was called upon to bail our ass out a number of times (he really was at his flying best). I was particularly impressed by his organisational duty and leadership as the camera picked him up time and again urging on his defenders to remember not to concede space to the opposition. He thwarted one notable Catania’s attack in the second half when one delicate too many pull out came in from the left (that suspect Samurai’s side) and add that on top of the save he made off the heavily deflected effort that came off the Samurai (again) in the first period and rescued what could have seen the team concede for the first time this season. Other than the occasional odd saves and clearances, he didn’t have much to do.

    Rating: 7/10

    Blue Teetho: Arguably our defence general (I must confess he is our best recuitment of the summer mercato). He went about his duties with aplomb, thwarting one attack after another. His clearances saved our ass on more than 2 occasions as the team was yet to put together consistent meaningful runs upfront. Was always on hand too to lend a helping hand to our defensive solidity and impregnability on the right.

    Rating: 8/10

    Ranocchia: The team’s vice captain wasn’t as hard as he was supposed to be, but still put in a decent shift defensively (as he won a lot of aerial duels to the team’s advantage, but he couldn’t get on the end of any of corners – Catania had some tall players too). He was very smart in killing the little true-balls Catania tried to put through the middle via his timely interceptions and promising defensive awareness. He blocked shots here and there too and made his presence felt with a big shout throughout the match.

    Rating: 7/10

    J Tha Hard J: I am still very impressed with the display of our Brazilian beast. If he keeps up the good work of his, he would be judged Serie A’s best young player of the year – as it was a yet-another-disciplined performance from this inspired dude. The Sergeant said J Tha Hard J had difficulties in pre-season because of his contractual hiccups with the management, but all will be sorted out soon. He went about his duty with aplomb (curbed his attacking tendencies well) and was on his toes for all 90 minutes. At times, Catania thought he would be easiest to prey on among our back 3, but they were dead wrong (as J Tha Hard J is arguably the physically strongest defender in Serie A). He won all his physical duels with Bergessio and Leto (in fact, Catania had to move Leto more centrally in the second half after the Sergeant tinkered with our setup to have J Tha Hard J as close to Leto OR Bergessio as possible). Nobody got past him, he stood his ground impressively well against the dangerous Bergessio when Catania did well to clear their line from one of our corners in the second half. Bergessio tried every trick in the book to displace him to no avail as J Tha Hard J kept him at bay until reinforcements arrived (he would eventually pick Bergessio’s pocket putting the ball beyond touch for a harmless thrown-in).

    Rating: 7.5/10

    Jon – Arguably the best wing-back in our setup at the moment. Time and again, he did lots of good things with the ball, asked the Catania’s left back lots of questions without relenting. He also put in a great shift defensively (and he never resorted to any rushed clearances). He masterfully passed the ball out of the defence even when put under pressure. He made serious forays down the right into the heart of Catania’s defence consistently in the second period (providing lots of notable contributions). He did well to nutmeg his man beautifully and finished off the move with a classic ball across the face of Catania’s goal in the move that brought us our first goal of the game. He needs to be more selfless than he has ever been so this team can achieve great things as the season progresses. I only have glowing tributes to pay to our new-born Jon (and sincerely pray he keeps up the good work). Assisted our first goal well after some lovely foot-work. Nice work.

    Rating: 7.5/10

    The Samurai – Though put in a good effort in the attack through his many runs, but lacked a great deal defensively. Too many pull-outs came from his end of the defence and landed the team in precarious situations one too many time, he seriously need to work on his defensive awareness, he was seen giving way too much space to Leto in particular at the beginning of the match by doing one of his many annoying, epic fail of a ninja-move (he would jump to the side to immediately concede a space to the opposing player even before that player ever tries to do anything). He did this loser-lame-trick (more than once – I don’t know if that was his own method of tricking his man into a blind alley, before suffocating him. But whatever it was, it was an epic fail each time he did that). He was guilty of a stupid selfish play at the death when all the team needed to get the 4th goal was a mere pass to the right for 3 unmarked teammates to tuck away, he attempted to do a Messi – by trying to walk the ball by himself into Catania’s net – wasting a glorious 5 vs 2 perfect scenario for the team to fully deal out a long-lasting footballing lesson to Catania. Very poverty-stricken, mediocre display from the Samurai (way worse than the 2 encouraging showings he posted against Cittadella and Genova). He took our second goal beautifully sending a bullet header right under the on-rushing goalkeeper – and he could easily have got a double out of the game had Catania goalkeeper not slapped his first header out (despite the shockingly bad defensive shift he put in).

    Rating: 6/10

    Slow-mo Cuchu: At first, I wondered what the bald-one was doing in our line-up. He offered no vision whatsoever, he was a liability each time Catania probed through the centre – as he could only jogs (the dude can’t run to save his life). Had it not been for the inadequacies of Kova, he would have been the first to leave the field, he left the attack to hang dry with his extremely acute vision. But the wrong utilisation of Kova – finally gave him a purpose in the game, he was spotted joining-in the defence when the team was not in possession to help keep the rampaging Leto in check (and ultimately prevent him from making any give-and-go with Bergessio). The tactical tinkering of the Sergeant that saw Slow-mo Cuchu moved into the heart of the defence, allowed J Tha Hard J to step up and help out the defensive mediocrity of another joke (The Samurai – despite being a long term fan, I must confess he looked suspect each time Catania advanced through his flank). Apart from his use off the Sergeant’s tactical tinkering, he was very useless.

    Rating: 5.5/10

    Kova – The Sergeant should shoulder the blame for the poor showing of Kova in this game. The golden boy looked a shadow of his usual self (in an unfamiliar position – the only 2 natural players we have to fill this position are: the converted Ricky and the natural Obi [who I know is on his way to Parma (in a free season long-loan deal with no option to buy nada)]). Kova didn’t distribute well, lost the ball too many times (we were almost penalised on one really dangerous occasion when the ball got stolen from Kova and was fed to Leto who advanced through our non- existent middle (Slow-mo Cuchu is proving to be more useless than Pereira in the DM position) and lets fly from 30 yards out (only to miss the target by mere centimetres with Handanovic barely covering his right hand upright). Was deservedly pulled-off in the 44th minute (as the Sergeant sought to stem the strong wave of Catania’s attacks coming from our left and bring balance back to the team he off-balanced with that wrong team selection).

    Rating: 4/10

    The Tank – The tank is still a great engine, but he seriously needs to work harder on his passing ability. His performance on the night wasn’t vintage at all, it was a problematic output he churned out in the defensive phase and perfectly blunt in the attacking phase too. His notorious inconsistency was evident on the night as he struggled to beat his man and provide the service needed by the wing-man. He was much better in the defensive phase than any of both Slow-mo Cuchu and golden boy Kova, but the entire midfield struggled in the first half (to my utter surprise – I expected a much better display from them than the poverty-stricken output on show in the first half). The Tank resumed from where he left off in the second half and contributed to the team’s attacking play, he made some telling interceptions and sparked fierce counter attacks immediately (it will take a while for the team to absorb the Sergeant’s lightening fast counter attacking philosophy – that as soon as we gain possession in the middle, the team must embark on a quick counter before the opposition is given the time and space to reorganise themselves – something he reiterated in the press conference (when he said he prefer his team to attack for all 90 minutes and not take their foot off the pedal)). The Tank in particular is starting that he is imbibing this philosophy bit-by-bit.

    Rating: 6.5/10

    Ricky Reborn – This dude is my man of the moment (besides Campagnaro). He looked very physically fitter than ever (Rafael Vieri from Brazil must be very proud). He never stopped running (I love his solo run that brought us our third goal – he bamboozled his man and galloped into Catania box-18 and smashed the ball into the back of the net via the left upright of the goalkeeper). His composure and physicality helped the team at times as he body-checked his man well more than once, he kept possession when the team needed it most, but offered very little (when the wing backs were pegged back in the first half). He would later become more self-expressing brimming with huge confidence and that showed through in his play. Who would have predicted that the 70-year old, one dimensional player of last year would prove to be a key member of the present team. But he still needs to be more willing to run unlimitedly (like The Rat) when in the final third to become the complete beast we thought we signed back in 2011. What a performance by Ricky Reborn nonetheless.

    Rating: 9/10

    The Rat – Undoubtedly one of Serie A’s deadliest, most hardworking and clinical attackers. The Rat does not need two invitations to give you a goal. He scored with his first shot on goal and was very hardworking in dragging the Catania centrehalfs off position. Was a constant thorn in their flesh as they couldn’t live with him. His movements were excellent (and his nature would only benefit from the enormous pre-season exertions – as we all pray for the return of Il Principe and Il Capitano). If we are to have a chance of competing so close to the table throughout the season, we need The Rat to stay healthy throughout and hopefully get the much needed one-or-two breathers at some point down the line). Scored a goal and provided another in a very entertaining match (one that had my heart in my mouth on more than one occasion).

    Rating: 9/10

    Tarzan – What a beast, unplayable, unpassable, with great stamina, grit, determination and lack of fear for anyone. He immediately slotted into the team’s left hand side of the midfield 3, providing the lacking much-needed steely presence on the left. Finally the team’s balance on the left was re-found and provided a more than able cover The Samurai to continue the execution of The Sergeant’s philosophy and blueprint for the game. Was clean in the tackle, ran and worked his socks off as he sought to stamp his authority in the middle (Catania started having it tough) since his introduction. The opposition was forced to rethink her tactical composition with his energy-sapping displays. Duly slotted in at the right side of the middle-3 when The Tank was yanked off for The Bell in the 70-something minute.

    Rating: 8/10

    The Bell – He particularly respired new life into our attack – in a move that saw The Tank got the boot for tiredness (Tarzan would move over to the right and Ricky slotted into the left side of midfield to freshen up the team up and make tactical switch again). Was unlucky not to add to our 3 goals tally late on in the game as he was correctly adjudged offside. He was an obvious beast (Catania couldn’t retrieve the ball off him – his great hold-up play can only be of great benefit to the team as the season progresses – when The Sergeant will have understood more about everyone’s skill-set and barring any unfortunate injury crisis). Did well enough to justify a rating.

    Rating: 6/10

    The Little Wall – The pint-sized Brazilian wing-back has got a boat load of abilities. He can run (he is obviously really fast). Based on the 8 or 9 minutes of action that he saw, I couldn’t arrive at a judgment of his defensive abilities. Hopefully, he will get to show all Interisti why his loan move should be made permanent. Unfortunately, he was one of the 5 players who scooped on 2 hapless Catania defenders towards the end (only for The Samurai to choose the foolish option – what on earth was he smoking?) and watch the devastating counter attacking punishment not doled out.

    Rating: 5/10

    See you in a forthnight for the defunct Derby D’Italia faceoff when Cheatventus come into town.

  • interista

    I think some of you are being harsh on Kovacic and have too much expectations for him. For me, it doesn’t matter if he plays amazing olike he played last year or not, while Inter is winning matches. Kovacic was out of field for some time, and he switched his position. He is still young, but with enormous potential for playing anywhere you put him, he just needs some time for adjusting to new position. I bet this year he will be better in this more attacking role than he was last year, and his form will go higher and higher. He might still does not know what Mazzarri expects out of him, since he felt lost in this position.

  • http://www.TolulopeAdeyemi.com/ Tolulope Adeyemi

    As predicted Catania provided more than a tough test. The first half began with Inter taking the game to Catania, but it took a while before the team could assume the carefully rehearsed shape the Sergeant had made them try out in training all week. In the opening stages, we took a very cautious approach but I was fully confident this Inter will not resort to trying too hard only to be left exposed in dangerous positions like we did at times last season. Back to the match, we found promising openings very hard to come by, indeed our first real opening occured when the match was about 15 minutes old, but was somehow not converted (the Tank did well to release Jon with a simple lay off, but the defender took the wrong option by attempting to finish by himself, when a simple square pass across Catania’s box-6 was the clear better option with ninjas waiting to pounce on a cross that never materialised).

    But the team quickly took that wasted golden opportunity on its chin and moved on to pasture anew. Defensively, we soaked up a whole lot of pressure especially down our left as J Tha Hard J did lots of good things shawdow-marking his man at times (though The Samurai’s defensive abilities did leave a lot to be desired). Catania would later put us in a lot of difficulty in the first half, successfully pegging us back (and I must confess the Tank and Kova looked suspect when asked a few questions – and coupled with the play of a certain Slow-mo Cuchu, we couldn’t do much in the midfield).

    However, Kova (playing as a left-sided midfielder and out of position) looked awfully bad, gave the ball away in very dangerous places one too many times and Catania duly capitalised by overloading us on the left trying to brute force their way into our goal. The wave of Catania’s attacks, particularly down our left, showed no signs of abating either and we were pegged back a bit too much (much to my chagrin). Kova looked lost, turned the ball over again and again and offered very little going forward, hence the Samurai was made to work a lot more than he did against both Cittadella and Genova.

    The Sergeant looked very uncorfortable on the bench too (and rightly so) as he watched his team struggle to put together any decent run (and even get the most simple passes right). The Frog in particular attempted a simple ball over the top to the Samurai – which went straight out of play, but he was a little reassuring when tracking his man and intercepting passes – he was quite solid all round, twarting promising Catania attacks. We allowed one-too many crosses into our vital area down the left (the Samurai needs to be more aggressive and determined when marking his man – as he almost deflected a Bergessio’s attempt at goal past Batmanovic). We simply rode our luck at times.

    In the attack, our first half display can be best described as toothless (the barking of a dog without dentition). The attacking play of our central midfielders was gross inadequate, they offered very little in the defensive phase and were shockingly bad in the attacking phase too where their play, which was supposed to be pivotal to our forays into the Catania’s half, left The Rat isolated and largely ineffective. The best good thing I saw in the first half, attacking wise, came from Jon on the right (that dude has got a typically great Brazilian foot-work).

    For our goal in the 20-something minute, Jon showed tremendous dribbling skill to nutmeg his man and square the ball right across Catania’s goalmouth for the simplest of tap-ins which The Rat steered home confortably for his second Serie A goal of the 2013/2014 campaign in as many games. Minutes later, we could have doubled our advantage though after yet another good work from Jon on the right fetched out The Tank who made a strong run to the byline and cut the ball back across goal to the well-placed Ricky – only for him to fluff it (can’t Ricky smack the ball with his right foot to save his life? He could easily have got a personal double out of this game!).

    There was a slight improvement when Tarzan got the grip of things a bit more in the second half – a late first half replacement for Kova – as Catania’s forays did not enjoy much success down our left anymore. With Catania having little success down our left as the second half wore on, they began probing us in the middle and on the right with very little success, we had closed shop more effectively than we did in the first half. A very vital tactical usefulness of Slow-mo Cuchu showed through in the second half, when the Sergeant instructed him to join the defence while J Tha Hard J joined the midfield when we were not in possession and it worked well to arrest the problematic left (given the obvious defensive frailties of The Samurai and Kova that seemed to have given Catania some comfort and strengthened their resolve that the breakthrough they seek in the game will finally happen via our left if they persisted in bombarding us from there). They were dead wrong as the Sergeant was already kept in the know (he would later remove the plug from under the hope of Catania – as their only route into the game was deleted by Maz in a heart beat).

    Boy o boy, this little tactical switch in play when not in possession gave solidity to our left, as J Tha Hard J was seen pressing Leto (in particular) high up the pitch before he could walk the ball into our vital area (now I understand why all the rumour about Marquinho is showing up lately – The Samurai’s obvious defensive inadequacies). If Cuchu was slow, this slight tinker had ensured he finally had a job to do on the team other than the pointing-pointing job he has done all summer (but the team still suffered from his limited vision though as just like it happened against Genova we could not spread the play well and probe Catania from anywhere and everywhere, but none other than Zanetti possesses superior tactical awareness and skill-set among the sea of central midfielders currently at the behest of the Sergeant).

    Our second half display in the attacking third was very encouraging indeed as the wing-backs (owing to the Sergeant’s half-time talk and slight tactical tinkering) now had the assurance to attack without worrying about leaving spaces behind for Catania to exploit (The Blue Teetho in particular did well to keep Catania pegged back with his footwork and great ball-reading skills down the right – as he joined the attack when necessary thus helping us to overload Catania on their left). That first half display only emphasised the importance of the midfield in modern football (your games are won and lost in this vital department – the very place we got our ass crushed particularly in the second half of last season).

    However, the central midfield started to intercept play and provide readily available launch pad for our swift counter attacks. Ricky Reborn was all over the place and finally he was putting his big frame to good use (something he obviously lacked last year) – he can only get better from here. Who would have predicted that the Ricky who had looked fragile since joining us in 2011 would be fixed through a rather gruesome pre-season exertions – he was a mule for us). Rafael Vieri must be drooling right about now (but seriously dude get off Obi’s back).

    We should have had a penalty, given the way The Rat was felled just when he was about to connect to a delicious pull-out by our impressive Jon from right (what on earth was the ref looking at?), he allowed play to continue only for The Samurai to be denied Inter’s second goal of the night via the outstretched arm of Catania’s goalkeeper. Our second goal was only minutes away from materialising.

    And the second goal duly arrived after the second of two beautiful similar moves down the right – this time The Rat was the provider as The Samurai sneaked in from the left to send a bullet header right back across the face of goal for an easy finish. The important second goal brought calmness to our play and we began to dwell on the ball more without running risks. In fact, the second goal was the necessary breather we needed in the defensive phase as Catania just gave up the ghoul. We began to hurt them on each counter – the third blow was only a matter of when not if?

    Moments later, an amazing driving run from the lively Ricky through the middle saw him nutmeg his man and cut through the Catania defence as a hot knife would through butter to hit a glorious left footed grounder to the keeper’s left and nested in the back of the net after hitting the left post for a superb third. By this time, Catania had died as an opposition and the game became one-way traffic mismatch as we threatened to run rampant.

    Though no further goals arrived, Mazarri’s two other vital substitutions only helped to fortify the team’s position in the game as we completely dominated the remaining minutes of the contest. I must confess, I would have been happier had the scoreline ended 0-5 in our favour because it could easily have ended that way. First, The Bell’s eagerness got the better of him when he failed to stay in line with the Catania’s defence only to see The Rat’s second assist (in what would have been the team’s 4th goal of the night) rightly chalked off due to The Bell’s offside position.

    To the most annoying part of our final minutes play, a lightening fast counter attack from the left that pit 5 of our players against 2 hapless Catania defenders was wasted when the foolish Samurai chose not to pass the ball to any of the other better 4 options available to him when we arrived in the Catania box-18. That horrible play by The Samurai left me really bemused and indeed very angry. In fact, I am still angry at that foolish play (a day after the game ;) – and I want The Sergeant to stamp out any form of selfish play from our wing-men both Jon and much later the Samurai were guilty of putting the team in difficulty by choosing the wrong option when faced with glorious opportunities to relieve the team of unnecessary pressure and pain even as we come up against our toughest opposition in a forthnight. Perhaps we are yet to assimilate the new found life that has come into our play – I repeat no other Inter side has had 4 or 5 players attacking the opposition since the Triplet year, but as the season wears on, I fully expect to see an Inter side dominated by selfless and responsible players who would put the welfare of the team above personal glories).

    I saw about 4 different variations of The Sergeant’s favourite 3-5-2 tactical staple. A very malleable team indeed. Bravo Maz!

    Rating: 7/10

    Batmanovic: This fella was way busier today than he was against Genova, was called upon to bail our ass out a number of times (he really was at his flying best). I was particularly impressed by his organisational duty and leadership as the camera picked him up time and again urging on his defenders to remember not to concede space to the opposition. He thwarted one notable Catania’s attack in the second half when one delicate too many pull out came in from the left (that suspect Samurai’s side) and add that on top of the save he made off the heavily deflected effort that came off the Samurai (again) in the first period and rescued what could have seen the team concede for the first time this season. Other than the occasional odd saves and clearances, he didn’t have much to do.

    Rating: 7/10

    Blue Teetho: Arguably our defence general (I must confess he is our best recuitment of the summer mercato). He went about his duties with aplomb, thwarting one attack after another. His clearances saved our ass on more than 2 occasions as the team was yet to put together consistent meaningful runs upfront. Was always on hand too to lend a helping hand to our defensive solidity and impregnability on the right.

    Rating: 8/10

    Ranocchia: The team’s vice captain wasn’t as hard as he was supposed to be, but still put in a decent shift defensively (as he won a lot of aerial duels to the team’s advantage, but he couldn’t get on the end of any of corners – Catania had some tall players too). He was very smart in killing the little true-balls Catania tried to put through the middle via his timely interceptions and promising defensive awareness. He blocked shots here and there too and made his presence felt with a big shout throughout the match.

    Rating: 7/10

    J Tha Hard J: I am still very impressed with the display of our Brazilian beast. If he keeps up the good work of his, he would be judged Serie A’s best young player of the year – as it was a yet-another-disciplined performance from this inspired dude. The Sergeant said J Tha Hard J had difficulties in pre-season because of his contractual hiccups with the management, but all will be sorted out soon. He went about his duty with aplomb (curbed his attacking tendencies well) and was on his toes for all 90 minutes. At times, Catania thought he would be easiest to prey on among our back 3, but they were dead wrong (as J Tha Hard J is arguably the physically strongest defender in Serie A). He won all his physical duels with Bergessio and Leto (in fact, Catania had to move Leto more centrally in the second half after the Sergeant tinkered with our setup to have J Tha Hard J as close to Leto OR Bergessio as possible). Nobody got past him, he stood his ground impressively well against the dangerous Bergessio when Catania did well to clear their line from one of our corners in the second half. Bergessio tried every trick in the book to displace him to no avail as J Tha Hard J kept him at bay until reinforcements arrived (he would eventually pick Bergessio’s pocket putting the ball beyond touch for a harmless thrown-in).

    Rating: 7.5/10

    Jon – Arguably the best wing-back in our setup at the moment. Time and again, he did lots of good things with the ball, asked the Catania’s left back lots of questions without relenting. He also put in a great shift defensively (and he never resorted to any rushed clearances). He masterfully passed the ball out of the defence even when put under pressure. He made serious forays down the right into the heart of Catania’s defence consistently in the second period (providing lots of notable contributions). He did well to nutmeg his man beautifully and finished off the move with a classic ball across the face of Catania’s goal in the move that brought us our first goal of the game. He needs to be more selfless than he has ever been so this team can achieve great things as the season progresses. I only have glowing tributes to pay to our new-born Jon (and sincerely pray he keeps up the good work). Assisted our first goal well after some lovely foot-work. Nice work.

    Rating: 7.5/10

    The Samurai – Though put in a good effort in the attack through his many runs, but lacked a great deal defensively. Too many pull-outs came from his end of the defence and landed the team in precarious situations one too many time, he seriously need to work on his defensive awareness, he was seen giving way too much space to Leto in particular at the beginning of the match by doing one of his many annoying, epic fail of a ninja-move (he would jump to the side to immediately concede a space to the opposing player even before that player ever tries to do anything). He did this loser-lame-trick (more than once – I don’t know if that was his own method of tricking his man into a blind alley, before suffocating him. But whatever it was, it was an epic fail each time he did that). He was guilty of a stupid selfish play at the death when all the team needed to get the 4th goal was a mere pass to the right for 3 unmarked teammates to tuck away, he attempted to do a Messi – by trying to walk the ball by himself into Catania’s net – wasting a glorious 5 vs 2 perfect scenario for the team to fully deal out a long-lasting footballing lesson to Catania. Very poverty-stricken, mediocre display from the Samurai (way worse than the 2 encouraging showings he posted against Cittadella and Genova). He took our second goal beautifully sending a bullet header right under the on-rushing goalkeeper – and he could easily have got a double out of the game had Catania goalkeeper not slapped his first header out (despite the shockingly bad defensive shift he put in).

    Rating: 6/10

    Slow-mo Cuchu: At first, I wondered what the bald-one was doing in our line-up. He offered no vision whatsoever, he was a liability each time Catania probed through the centre – as he could only jogs (the dude can’t run to save his life). Had it not been for the inadequacies of Kova, he would have been the first to leave the field, he left the attack to hang dry with his extremely acute vision. But the wrong utilisation of Kova – finally gave him a purpose in the game, he was spotted joining-in the defence when the team was not in possession to help keep the rampaging Leto in check (and ultimately prevent him from making any give-and-go with Bergessio). The tactical tinkering of the Sergeant that saw Slow-mo Cuchu moved into the heart of the defence, allowed J Tha Hard J to step up and help out the defensive mediocrity of another joke (The Samurai – despite being a long term fan, I must confess he looked suspect each time Catania advanced through his flank). Apart from his use off the Sergeant’s tactical tinkering, he was very useless.

    Rating: 5.5/10

    Kova – The Sergeant should shoulder the blame for the poor showing of Kova in this game. The golden boy looked a shadow of his usual self (in an unfamiliar position – the only 2 natural players we have to fill this position are: the converted Ricky and the natural Obi [who I know is on his way to Parma (in a free season long-loan deal with no option to buy nada)]). Kova didn’t distribute well, lost the ball too many times (we were almost penalised on one really dangerous occasion when the ball got stolen from Kova and was fed to Leto who advanced through our non- existent middle (Slow-mo Cuchu is proving to be more useless than Pereira in the DM position) and lets fly from 30 yards out (only to miss the target by mere centimetres with Handanovic barely covering his right hand upright). Was deservedly pulled-off in the 44th minute (as the Sergeant sought to stem the strong wave of Catania’s attacks coming from our left and bring balance back to the team he off-balanced with that wrong team selection).

    Rating: 4/10

    The Tank – The tank is still a great engine, but he seriously needs to work harder on his passing ability. His performance on the night wasn’t vintage at all, it was a problematic output he churned out in the defensive phase and perfectly blunt in the attacking phase too. His notorious inconsistency was evident on the night as he struggled to beat his man and provide the service needed by the wing-man. He was much better in the defensive phase than any of both Slow-mo Cuchu and golden boy Kova, but the entire midfield struggled in the first half (to my utter surprise – I expected a much better display from them than the poverty-stricken output on show in the first half). The Tank resumed from where he left off in the second half and contributed to the team’s attacking play, he made some telling interceptions and sparked fierce counter attacks immediately (it will take a while for the team to absorb the Sergeant’s lightening fast counter attacking philosophy – that as soon as we gain possession in the middle, the team must embark on a quick counter before the opposition is given the time and space to reorganise themselves – something he reiterated in the press conference (when he said he prefer his team to attack for all 90 minutes and not take their foot off the pedal)). The Tank in particular is starting that he is imbibing this philosophy bit-by-bit.

    Rating: 6.5/10

    Ricky Reborn – This dude is my man of the moment (besides Campagnaro). He looked very physically fitter than ever (Rafael Vieri from Brazil must be very proud). He never stopped running (I love his solo run that brought us our third goal – he bamboozled his man and galloped into Catania box-18 and smashed the ball into the back of the net via the left upright of the goalkeeper). His composure and physicality helped the team at times as he body-checked his man well more than once, he kept possession when the team needed it most, but offered very little (when the wing backs were pegged back in the first half). He would later become more self-expressing brimming with huge confidence and that showed through in his play. Who would have predicted that the 70-year old, one dimensional player of last year would prove to be a key member of the present team. But he still needs to be more willing to run unlimitedly (like The Rat) when in the final third to become the complete beast we thought we signed back in 2011. What a performance by Ricky Reborn nonetheless.

    Rating: 9/10

    The Rat – Undoubtedly one of Serie A’s deadliest, most hardworking and clinical attackers. The Rat does not need two invitations to give you a goal. He scored with his first shot on goal and was very hardworking in dragging the Catania centrehalfs off position. Was a constant thorn in their flesh as they couldn’t live with him. His movements were excellent (and his nature would only benefit from the enormous pre-season exertions – as we all pray for the return of Il Principe and Il Capitano). If we are to have a chance of competing so close to the table throughout the season, we need The Rat to stay healthy throughout and hopefully get the much needed one-or-two breathers at some point down the line). Scored a goal and provided another in a very entertaining match (one that had my heart in my mouth on more than one occasion).

    Rating: 9/10

    Tarzan – What a beast, unplayable, unpassable, with great stamina, grit, determination and lack of fear for anyone. He immediately slotted into the team’s left hand side of the midfield 3, providing the lacking much-needed steely presence on the left. Finally the team’s balance on the left was re-found and provided a more than able cover The Samurai to continue the execution of The Sergeant’s philosophy and blueprint for the game. Was clean in the tackle, ran and worked his socks off as he sought to stamp his authority in the middle (Catania started having it tough) since his introduction. The opposition was forced to rethink her tactical composition with his energy-sapping displays. Duly slotted in at the right side of the middle-3 when The Tank was yanked off for The Bell in the 70-something minute.

    Rating: 8/10

    The Bell – He particularly respired new life into our attack – in a move that saw The Tank got the boot for tiredness (Tarzan would move over to the right and Ricky slotted into the left side of midfield to freshen up the team up and make tactical switch again). Was unlucky not to add to our 3 goals tally late on in the game as he was correctly adjudged offside. He was an obvious beast (Catania couldn’t retrieve the ball off him – his great hold-up play can only be of great benefit to the team as the season progresses – when The Sergeant will have understood more about everyone’s skill-set and barring any unfortunate injury crisis). Did well enough to justify a rating.

    Rating: 6/10

    The Little Wall – The pint-sized Brazilian wing-back has got a boat load of abilities. He can run (he is obviously really fast). Based on the 8 or 9 minutes of action that he saw, I couldn’t arrive at a judgment of his defensive abilities. Hopefully, he will get to show all Interisti why his loan move should be made permanent. Unfortunately, he was one of the 5 players who scooped on 2 hapless Catania defenders towards the end (only for The Samurai to choose the foolish option – what on earth was he smoking?) and watch the devastating counter attacking punishment not doled out.

    Rating: 5/10

    See you in a forthnight for the defunct Derby D’Italia faceoff when Cheatventus come into town.

    • http://www.TolulopeAdeyemi.com/ Tolulope Adeyemi

      Between, Kovacic wasn’t substituted because of injury (it was due to poor performance)…

      Read the latest info about the hoax injury here:
      http://www.inter.it/en/news/43611