No one is more pissed at the whole team right now than me, but I`ll try to process this situation objectively as much as I can.
Kovacic is a very talented young kid but he is also a very very young player, kid hasnt even hit the 20 years old, add to that he really ashnt been so involved in our season so much as he was usually used as a sub and not a starter. I can only count the times in one hand since the start of the season that he actually was picked as a starter. He needs to start way more games than this if we are going to ever put some serious blame on him for a lousy performance, not that he needs only experience, not to mention in arguably the hardest league tactically speaking, but we also need not to judge a kid who hardly got enough minutes with his team mates to start building some chemistery and connection with the players surrounding him.
I can not blame him for yesterday`s performance, but I also can not blame Mazzarri -just in this point- for starting him in this game after long time for not using him regualry, it was a situation that was forced upon us, we really had no alternatives out there, we lack depth that`s obvious, without Guarin and newly justified purchased Hernanes, we basically lost the midfield battle before it even begins to a more experienced players who`s been winning the league for the past couple of years, Taider is 21 for God`s sake, Kova is 19, they are talented and promising, but putting them vs Pirlo, Vidal and Podga is not actually a match, tbh I was actually a bit surprised to see us having some serious possession alot of time in the game, and specially after we fielded another striker and Botta in miefield, if we re abit lucky we might have snatched yet another goal and might have equalized! but to do this we dont need just talent, we need experience, something we lacked all over. I even forgot to mention that we lacked our only experienced midfielder in this duel which is Cambiasso due to an injury, so there were no chance to get any result with that midfield.
I concentrated on the midfield cause I certainly believe it is the backbone of any team and the brain of of it, if you have a balanced and strong midfield, it`ll help cover the defense and help supporting the attack, if not, the all organization would fall apart, even if you had world class defenders and even perfect FWs.
The other thing I wanted to highlight is the philosophy that our team seems to adopt for reasons that are as well out of our control. It seems we try hard to maintain possession by passing the ball around safely into the next free guy`s feet, we can continue doing this forever, literally, but this kind of philosophy gives you the disadvantage of becoming completely toothless, what I like to call a negative possession, cause we really cant score goals like that because in order to score goals you have to take chances, make a 1-2 or a triple fast passes deep in the middle, an overlap, dribble past a defender or two and immediately pass the ball and run forward to exploit the space through the defense, or even use the space exploited for a crucial through pass or even take a shot that might deflect and heads to another one of your team mate to shot again or even win a corner, simply like any attacking minded team does. But obviously and simply we do not -well until the moment we bought Hernanes and discovered Botta- have the creative players with such abilities to "create" and think fast to perform such acts that eventually win you games by help scoring alot of goals.
Kova and Alvarez are really excellent players on the ball, however once they deliver the ball they do not run into spaces, they are not as good off the ball. On the contrary, we have/had Guarin who could seem literally clueless on the ball, his only resolution is 1- shoot the ball and 2- push forward using you bully physicality. But also now we have Hernenes, who is amazingly great both on and off the ball, not to mention his astonishing free kick abilities, a thing we`ve missed for a very log time really. And now for the last 3 games or so we have been introduced to another quality midfielder, in my humble opinion, Botta, who seem to know his way around the pitch really, his first touch seem to be world class promising, if I can put it that way, his movement off and on the ball looks to be as impressive, and above all, he seem to have alot of confidence, the moment Ive seen him constructing our players to where to move and where to pass by shouting and pointing his fingers at them, I was like where were you all my life??
Bottom line is, right now, at this moment, I can see a combination of players we possess that can be used to make a perfect midfield, which naturally lead to a strong defense and attack. But the question remains, how Mazzarri is going to use them? Lately he gave an important announcement that he might consider changing his tactics in order to improve the team, so is he really ready to change his all life approach of the game by using his 3-5-2 formation and try to force the players to process an impossible tactic that does not by any chance suit the players that we have? He once said that the tactics he uses is the one that juBe has won the league with for many years, but doesnt he know that it is the very same tactic that has been overwhelmed from a midtable teams of other leagues in the CL? Isnt he aware of the fact that really any lame tactic whether the one of juBe`s, or even any other similar outdated formation, all might be used vs the domestic much weaker teams as in the Serie A, and he could still win over them all just because of the quality players he has and how much these players are accustomed to the tactic? Does Mazzarri really think that it is a tactician superiority watching the team give the ball to Alvarez, Nagatomo or Jonathan and hope they beat 2-3 defenders before finding 1 or only 2 men in the box, pump useless long balls to Palacio and hope he beats 2 defenders and creates something out of nothing, attack with only 4 players, where nobody makes vertical runs from midfield beyond Palacio to stretch the opposition.. all this and more, does he call this success? Isnt one goal from open play in the first 2 months of 2014 speaks volumes??
So after what we`ve been through he must at least admit that our players cant make a good thing out of the 3-5-1-1, evidently, just once he changes this tactic in the middle of the game, Inter dramatically changes into another whole team. The moment he fields a FW instead of another useless midfielder that is only used as a jam factor in the midfield, just the moment he fields another striker, the opposite team, always and no matter how strong they are, are forced to draw back to cover the additional spaces this new striker of ours as created. Then the moment he switched into 4 backs and fields another attacking midfielder, boom! we are in complete control of the game, literally! Did he not see that? I certainly hope that he does, but more importantly, I wish that someone from the management, whether it`s Moratti or Thohir, start put some pressure on him to cange the tactics, I mean they have always done that with previous coaches, why the fuck would you stop now? we needed this more than ever, specially that Im concerned that Mr Mazzarri is not really willing to change his mind any time soon.
But we`ve absolutely nothing now but time, we dont have CL dreams, we are not really interested in the EL, and we cant dream ending this season with any perk but trying to take advantage of the remaining weeks as it is all a very long pre-season`s session, we should start from now to prepare for the 2014/15 season, and to do that we must and we should start doing the right thing, Im not saying we should do everything Ive suggested, Im in no position to simply give advices to our managements and players for what they should do, Im not an inside man who knows the things that only coaches and players know, Im merely speaking theoretically, Im not even gona draw the formations or to suggest tactics or who should play or who shouldnt, I can only give guidelines based on what I see and the little data Im informed with as an Inter fan. But since the results and the outcome of our project at Inter is really not promising at all, then we might have to make some dramatic changes, starting from the tactics we use, then with the players we rely on, and how we use them and what philosophy we should adopt approaching every game. We seriously have nothing else to lose. I just wish the guys in charge now start having some balls and make the changes that must be done starting from now.
Im always optimistic, even when Im entirely pissed off, I think it`s one way of how I manage to troll myself, but I truly believe Inter can find the way out of this crisis as soon as starting from next week`s fixture vs Sassuolo, and all until the beginning of the next season, with trial and error using the right mentality, we can start a new season very strong and we can end it suprisingly pleased.
The raw material is there, you just have to bet on it.