For the first time in nearly 20 years Inter will travel to the “other” shore of the peninsula, you know the far less populous one, to take on
What: Week 1 Serie A
Where: Stadio Adriatico
When: Sunday, August 26 2012, 20:45 CET (2:45 EST)
Inter Call Up
Goalkeepers: 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec, 32 Cincilla
Defenders: 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 33 Mbaye, 40 Juan, 42 Jonathan, 44 Bianchetti, 55 Nagatomo
Midfielders: 10 Sneijder, 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 21 Gargano, 24 Benassi, 41 Duncan
Forwards: 7 Coutinho, 22 Milito, 81 Longo, 88 Livaja, 99 Cassano.
As has been discussed on a number of forums, new arrivals Gargano and Cassano get the call. La Gazzetta dello Sport is suggesting that Gargano will start from the opening whistle setting up in front of the defense. Maicon is not called up due to his uncertain status. Palacio’s absence is explained by a suspension that he’s serving from last season and Handanovic is absent recuperating from a knee injury.
You know what, here’s a list of injuries still out: Alvarez, Obi, Mudingaye, Mariga, Chivu, Stankovic and Handanovic. Word is out that Samuel is unavailable due to injury but he was called up anyway – he’s probably available in case of an emergency.
Probable Squad and Formation
Inter 4321 – Castellazzi, Zanetti, Silvestre, Ranocchia, Nagatomo, Cambiasso, Gargano, Guarin, Coutinho, Sneijder, Militos
The heroes of the great treble team were notorious under Mourinho to start slow. Lately the starts to the season can best be described as glacial. There is no doubt in my mind that Strama needs to make a statement here. The team has bought into his ideas more than I have ever seen for a coach since Moratti took over as President. I mean there has been some serious support and that support is going to come at a price. The newly promoted
I will be looking for something from this team, though. It’s called improvement. I expect improvement to team defense. I don’t expect miracles. I do expect to see a better midfield and defensive understanding than I did in