"There is no crisis. It's just you journalists who talk about it," said Inter chairperson Massimo Moratti to reporters outside his offices in Milan.
That sums it up. The press loves a good scandal. And in Italy, a scandal they are waiting for is Inter not winning the championship this year. Realistically, Inter's start to the season has been, well, not encouraging. A hard-earned win against Firorentina, a loss to Sporting in Europe and a frustrating draw to Sampdoria last weekend.
However, is it time to deem this season, a disappointment? Not yet. Mancini and Co. do not posses a magic wand by which they would guarantee that the team will win each and every game. You do not judge a newly created team by the first three results, which in my opinion, aren't too bad considering the situation. If we say that Inter has the pressure on it every year to win Serie A, then the current championship multiplies that pressure by a thousand. To the fans, the press and the world, Inter simply can not "not" win it this year. So the pressure on this team is immense, hardly comparable to any season start in the last ten years.
So then how do we look at the less-then-perfect start the Nerazzuri has had. We judge it technically, a relatively new team that has performed quite decently. Do not expect miracles, but also do not expect this team to fail. Mancini is a talented manager with a talented squad. Sooner, rather than later, this squad will deliver, and the results will flow in.
There is no crisis and there is no need to create one. We should believe in the team and support it, like we always do.