Great or Terrible. Brilliant or Rubbish. Stunning or disappointing. I'm not sure. Confused probably sums up my thoughts for that match. I saw an Inter that manages to drive me insane. A team that managed to dominate and dominate and destroy a team, then let them back in from nowhere and then have to fight in them to see it out when they should have had another sassuolo display.
Some might say inter was lucky because they scored 3 goals from set pieces out of the four. So what? It doesn't matter if its from outside the box or inside or from 1 cm away. a goal is a goal. Kudos to Inter for figuring out what Verona's weak spot was and they exploited it. 3 times. That's smart. In one way the score was ridiculously nice to Verona who could have been losing by 2-3 goals more if chances had been netted and if Palacio ( who had both goals correctly ruled out for offside) had held his run a split second longer it could have been so comfortable, Yet on the other side of that coin Verona were unlucky to have lost by that much as Luca Toni's goal which was not counted, was incorrectly ruled out (unless someone can point out to me otherwise) then it would have been 4-3 and i think our shaky defense lacking Cambiasso and Campangaro would have really struggled against a motivated Verona.
So why are we seeing this Inter that is firing but yet misfiring as well. This is not just a jab at the defense because our attack at time has been wasteful when we could have scored many goals, we squandered very good chances yet we weren't affected by it because we thought: we have a big lead it will be fine. Please don' get me wrong. I love what Mazzarri has done here. He really has brought the team back together while keeping our feet firmly planted on the ground. We have lost just once to a unstoppable Roma. We fought in 10 men and managed to score 3 goals without a creative midfielder and earning a very respectable draw against Torino. But yet you get the feeling, we could have won that. We held it together. Their goals came not because we were overwhelmed by being a man down but through simple defensive errors that could have been avoided. However it is not wise to dwell on what if but rather what can we do. One man open to huge debate is Andrea Ranocchia. I personally simply do not believe he is Inter standard. He is good when he is being led by a more experienced player but if you leave him in charge then chaos ensues, Jesus is a work in progress. He will continue to gain experience and become a better player because of it. We really need Campangaro or Samuel back there to lead because we fall apart when we could be so far ahead.
Now something we have to admit is that we don't have a great squad. A decent one, yes. A few promising players, yes. But a great one. No. I understand Mazzarri's decision to take out Cambiasso and Palacio, that inter really ran out of steam. I'm not taking away from them or their performances which have been brilliant all season. However the fact after we took 2 players out (both who are in 30s) and replaced them with two much younger players, we couldn't hold on to a very comfortable lead. Its true having Ricky, Kovacic, Taider, Belfodil all who are very young, on at the same time might be little risky. Maybe i'm being a bit harsh. But the fact that it went south against Verona who were in Seria B, only last year. (although credit to Verona who fought hard not just this game but all season and are massively overachieving)
I started this article thinking about writing about how far Inter have come under Mazzarri and how its annoying how it's small mistakes holding us back. I also meant to write more about the game itself. I apologize if this has become a rant. That is not what I wanted so I will try to end it positively We're back to winning ways and we showed the rest of Italy we're not ready to give up and die. And if worse come to worse. At least we're not playing like our cousins Milan....