I think by now its clear that the 4-3-2-1 is our Plan A, as this brings out the best from our fantasisti like Cassano, Coutinho, & Sneijder. Specially the magic of Cassano and Sneijder behind Milito, this could take us to the title if things go as per plan. So I can see Inter starting the below line up as our main strategy this season:
But life rarely goes as per plan. Luckily, Strama has a history of using other formations with the primavera, when the need arises. You have to sometimes change to your Plan B or Plan C, either due to opponents or key player unavailability or just to mix things up during a game. Hence it is important that Inter are able to play with variations, and Starma's usual variations are the 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2, and the 4-2-3-1. This is where the acquisitions of Palacio, Casano and Pereira start to make so much more sense, they give us the required tactical versatility. Lets have a look of how Inter could adapt to some of these variations:
1. 4-3-1-2: I can see this becoming our Plan B, and being used if Cassano is not fit or suitable for some teams. Its just a slight change from the Plan B, and uses Palacio's versatility as a "vice-Milito" or a partner to Il Principe:
2. 4-2-3-1: I think this is our plan C, probably will only be used for extreme rare tactical reasons or if the season is starting to go pear-shaped due to form of certain players or a goal drought. And I believe it can work, specially if Pereira lives up to his hyped work-rate and skills, and again, this is where Palacio's wide skills come to the rescue.
3. Finally, the 4-3-3. I don't see Strama playing this, and I just don't think it suits us. Maybe it could be useful in certain situations, for brief periods of time during games, like for eg when we need a goal with 10 minutes to go and Cassano is tired. A 4-3-3 would probably look like this:
Its always good to have options, and its always good to try out a few different formations. I am certain that Strama will try out the Plan B and Plan C in some games to be ready, just in case the situation in a big game demands it. It is good that we finally have a squad which is so tactically versatile.