"When facts change, I change my opinion as well." - John Maynard Keynes
A good part of Interisti have been doing it for some time now. The bashing, the insults, the name-calling. No, not of rival players and fans, but of their own proprietor Massimo Moratti.
His presidency has been described as a failure, himself dubbed as a loser. But in light of recent facts emerging, it is clear that he did not fail, he was not allowed to succeed!
What have up to a week ago been only bar-talk and fan jibes, dismissed as sour-grapes by those in favour of footballing powers, is now an established truth in front of all to see. Referees were favouring Juventus. And GEA, who was all but owning several Serie A clubs(Messina, Reggina, Siena, Udinese) insured 6 points for Juve from each one of those.
Inter(and other clubs as well) were starting the season with at least a 10 point disadvantage even before the first ball was kicked! Under those conditions, it is a near impossible task winning the title. One would have to do a record in proportions of Inter's last Scudetto to actually do it, save an absolute disaster from Juve(or them being coached by Ancelotti).
"OK, but what of the Champions league?" you ask."Why could not Inter succeed there?". Simple. You get to the CL by playing in domestic competitions. And if they are irregular it inevitably draws consequences in Europe. It's not just Inter that has been faltering. In the past 7 seasons, only twice has a Serie A club made it beyond the CL quater-finals, whereas Italy once ruled the Euro cups. It was a clean sign to anyone that something is rotten in Italian football.
I am not alone in this opinion. Reading reports from various Italian sites one can not miss several frases that point out the same:
Sportnews.it: "Now is the time for Inter directors to think long and harsh and not destroy the good things in the club that there are, to try to improve and to think of tommorow. And when the the atmosphere is cleaned up perhaps it will be easier for them too..."
Gazzetta.it:There was still time for a nice headed goal from Nonda vi a Totti free-kick, and then Inter celebrated an honest trophy, in these days it is no small matter
Judge Moratti by what he does in a clean environment, when Moggi is kicked out and GEA is dissolved. The last 8 years or so simply don't count.