Inter had terrible results in the past few seasons. After the treble, we ended up 2nd in 2010/11, 6th in 2011/12, 9th in 2012/13 and currently sit 5th.
Yet, looking at our squad, I don't feel we "deserve" to be so low in the table. I know I am optimistic in general and there are those pessimistics, but comparing the squad with other teams, we really were better than the 9th we've finished last season. We have two big issues:
1. Player usually underachieve when arriving at Inter
This is something Pajo brought up and that is entirely true. Players who were good become average when they arrive; average players become shitty players; interesting promises mostly fail.
Of course there are exceptions, but lets analyse our 2012 summer mercato: Cassano, Gargano, Guarin, Handa, Longo, Mundingayi, Palacio, Pereira and Silvestre. In my point of view only Palacio played better than he previously did while Gargano, Longo, Pereira and Silvestre played much worse. Not a good stat.
But our main issue is...
2. The universe is conspiring against us (and no, not that Universe)
Yes, we were lucky on a few ocasions on the treble season and before but now we face a fucking tide of bad luck.
2012/13: we started good, Stramaccioning and all at top of the table and then started losing some games... ok so far until half season when BOOM! Injuries everywhere. At a time, we had nearly 50% of our squad in the infirmary. At another we had all of our three forwards (Palacio, Milito, Cassano) injured, meaning Tommaso Rocchi played amazing 879 minutes! Even Zanetti had a very serious long term injury (as did Milito, Chivu, Obi, Mariga...). Yes, the pitch on Meazza is not good, we forced some players to play continualy, but fuck, that's too much!
When the season ended, we were 12 points from EL and 18 from CL. Could we have high expectations if not for the injuries? Maybe EL. 12 points is a long way to go, but so is Rocchi playing almost 10 matches worth of time.
2013/14: we started good, Mazzaring and all at top of the table and then started losing some games. Injuries were not so bad this time yet Milito playing half match before going back to the infirmary and Icardi being Wanda-injured all the time certainly did affect how many options Mazzari had.
This time our issue was another: really bad and inexcusable refereeing mistakes (as seen here in Italian: http://www.fcinter1908.it/editoriale...pensare-102422). Just to state some: penalty not given against Torino (final score 3:3), penalty not given against Lazio (final score 1:0 for Lazio), penalty not given against Udinese (final score 1:0 for Udinese and out of Coppa Italia), Nagatomo's goal incorrectly called offside against Chievo (final score 1:1).
Now we stand 10 points from CL. We really don't have a strong team to be one of the main contenders for the CL, but if not for all this shit, we could at least be the underdogs challenging for it. Let's hope we don't go downhill as last year...