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Walter Mazzarri was brought in with fans knowing full well what not to expect from him. We shouldn’t expect expressive free flowing football, nor should we expect excessive flair or an overly possessive style of football. But the one thing we were promised has, in my mind, failed to be delivered.
Walter Mazzarri was brought in as a real drill sergeant. I expected well defined team manoeuvres, a certain effective style of football (perhaps reminiscent of the 4-3-1-2 with Mancini) which, while unattractive, was effective. Perhaps even just physicality breaking down opponents, and a reliance on set pieces to create chances.
What do we have, though? With Walter Mazzarri, sadly, nothing like what we had hoped for. Last season’s failings were okay. We were a team in a lot of transition, with a lot of first teamers to leave. But where is the excuse for this season? We’ve spent a substantial amount of money and given him the chance to sign players he really wanted, but what have we got to show for it?
As classic Inter fans, a huge and unnecessary overreaction to the 7-0 win against Sassuolo probably didn’t help, but Walter Mazzarri did himself no favours by looking clueless in the subsequent 4-1 loss to then bottom of the table Cagliari. Adding insult to injury was the hat-trick by ex-Juventus player Ekdal.
The one thing that I keep seeing as a recurring theme is the lack of team coherency. I’m worried that our only real plan is an occasional moment of flair from genius but inconsistent players like Icardi (who has now not scored in 4 matches in a row, tonight possibly being his 5th?), Kovacic – often great often invisible – or Hernanes, and to cross. If there is one aspect of Inter’s game that Walter Mazzarri deserves credit for being a drill master in, it is the ability to make full-backs do nothing but cross 20 times a match. If only we could direct more than one out of every twenty of them to an Inter player, we might actually stand a chance of scoring more often.
The sad side persists when we look at the full-backs too. For all of Jonathan’s failings, he has contributed significantly less so far this season than he has last season. The same is true of Nagatomo. Dodo, on the other hand, has been quite impressive to date, but there has to be a question of how much longer we persist in playing Jonathan.
I can’t help but feel that our game is massively limited by this completely inexplicable desire to play the ball out to the wing backs – dragging them far forward and leaving them out of position for a defensive phase – which also forces us to play the ball away from central midfield. Central midfield, ironically, is probably the strongest area of the team, with ball-players like M’Vila, Hernanes and Kovacic all capable, and a great new defensive stalwart in Medel to enforce.
I really need to see a step up from Inter sometime soon. We’re still playing like the unorganised team of Stramaccioni or Ranieri, showing no ability to actually exploit our attributes. I was prepared to accept – hesitantly – last season, but this season, given the budget Walter Mazzarri has had, as well, we really need to see results.