Inter’s Autumn Crisis


For Inter this autumn things cannot get worse they were beaten 2-1 against Southampton in the UEFA Europe League and after 11 matchdays they sit at the 9th place at the Serie A table,the consequences of poor performace led to the firing of coach Frank de Boer after just being of the bench after only3 months which after Roberto Mancini’s depature from the club de Boer has hired on a three-year contract,instead his time on the bench as Inter coach lasted only for 85 days after a poor form of run in the current season.For Inter which is now under the ownership of Indonesian businessman Erik Thohir the 2016-17 season had to be the season where they would challenge Juventus for the Serie A title and make inroads in the UEFA Europe League.During the summer Inter spent 130 million Euros on bringing new players like Joao Mario from Sporting,Gabriel from Santos,Antonio Candreva from Lazio and Ever Banega from Sevilla which with coupled with roster of previous season looked pretty good and Inter would make a play for the first three positions in the Serie A this season.Instead a disaster happened.The beginning of the 2016-17 Serie A season the Nerazzuri started with a 2-0 defeat against Chievo Verona and a 1-1 draw against Palermo at home,in the next three matchdays scored three consecutive vctories which included a 2-1 victory over Juventus at home thanks to goals from Icardi and Perisic,but October became Inter’s worst month and it started with a 2-1 defeat against Roma followed by again two consecutive and embarrasing defeats against Caligiari at home and Atalanta away,following a 2-1 victory against Torino it seems that de Boer’s worst has passed but wasn’t,in the next matchday the Nerazzurri were defeated 1-0 against Sampdoria and de Boer’s fate was sealed after a 2-1 defeat against Southampton which they actually beat in the previous matchday of the UEFA Europe League 1-0 which is their only victory in the current UEFA Europe League campaign.Afrer the firing of de Boer,Stefano Pioli the ex-coach of Lazio was hired as the new coach and in his first match before the international break Inter won its match against last place Crotone.However challenges remain for Pioli to get the Nerazzurri back on track.One of the biggest problems during de Boer’s short reign was the locker room and his attitude towards players especially he was caught having problems with Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic and after rifts between him and Brozovic,there were certain speculations that Brozovic might leave the Nerazzuti in the winter,however since de Boer’s firing that has changed.Pioli will bring a new attitude and approach in the locker room and that is where he will try to start solving the problems of the Nerazzurri which includes to make the attack less predictable.Under de Boer to attack was slow and stunted and too many times Inter fell in the second half of its matches,with Pioli that will change since he is known to putting players together in “chains” where the full-back,winger and center midfield work together to open up spaces.That will be useful to players like Candreva,Brozovic and Ansaldi.Two other areas where Pioli might look for improvements are the midfield and the defence.He will try to balance out the midfield with the use of former Juventus player Marco Parolo which together with Ever Banega and Joao Mario should be one of the crucial players in the midfield,while in defence which failed the Nerazzurri so much in the beginning of the season Pioli will retool it by redeveloping its undisputed leader Joao Miranda which doesn’t have the same form like last season and Jeison Murillo is inconsistent in the current season,Pioli’s solution is similar when he was coach of Lazio is to use a high line where the attackers were pressing the opposition into passing ball down the wings however that would leave the defence exposed and both Murillo and Miranda aren’t suited to that kind style of play.With de Boer out and Pioli as new coach it remains to be seen whether the crisis at the Nerazzuri will continue or they will pull a comeback which will push them to places on the table which lead to European competitions.But one thing is for sure Pioli unlike de Boer has no room for error and the Nerazzurri have to start winning matches and pull themselves out of this situation or Pioli will be the next in line to face the axe and further pluge the club in crisis.

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