I've been supporting Inter for almost a decade now, starting from 01/02. Through all these years, there is one common problem, or I guess you can call it a 'tradition' now, that Inter lacks a world class midfield. (The whole midfield unit, not any individual player in particular)
But the curious thing is, there is NEVER a lack of world class strikers in Inter. As a result, our build up play is usually "pass the ball to striker and hope for the best."
In 01/02 our midfield core was boring boring Di Biagio & C.Zanetti. Recoba, Seedorf, Emre, Dalmat, S.Conceicao were there but our offensive play was still non-existent and we ended up relying too much on Vieri that season. In the following season, things got a little bit better when Emre was very on form and helped carry the ball forward a lot.
It was pretty much the same case in 03/04 except Adriano began to take over the goalscoring responsibility duty from Vieri when Adri joined.
The only time we tried to have a better build up from midfield was when R.Mancini first joined. Veron was drafted in and he became our chief playmaker, despite failing miserably (Let's discuss that some other time); we finally got a world class DM in Cambiasso and Figo also helped the midfield in his first season. D.Pizarro also joined us and he helped 'beautify' our play. But it still brought us nothing as we only won 2 Coppa Italia.
The next season, Mancini brought steel back to the midfield as Vieira was transferred in and J.Zanetti shifted there. Stankovic had the best season in his career and helped us play our best football that decade but still, he was arguably the only player in our midfield who were able to do something creative offensively. And I don't think I need to elaborate the next 2 seasons as our game plan was basically hoof a long ball up to Ibra and cross our finger.
We have been lucky enough to be blessed with world class strikers though, like I've mentioned above. Despite the inferior midfield, they still managed to achieve incredible goal averages. Or maybe it is exactly BECAUSE of the lack of midfield since the strikers see a lot of the ball.
Vieri amassed an incredible rate of a goal every game in 01-03. Adriano was world class from 04-05, heck even Martins managed to score 22 in a season! Ibra accumulated 68 goals and numerous more assists in his 3 seasons here. Crespo & Cruz also chipped in a century of goals between themselves.
The trend is likely to continue this season, when our transfer campaign sees us bring Eto'o, D.Milito & Arnautovic. Despite the obvious weakness of the midfield, it has been the offensive department that once again got the most touched-up.
It brings us to another question: 4 consecutive Scudetti, is a world class midfield unit really that necessary then?
Clearly, if we are to target domestic glory, the answer to that question is a big NO. But taking a quick glance at the past CL winners this decade, it seems that our lack of midfield is the reason why European glory has eluded us for so long.
The famous Man Utd treble side had arguably the best 4-men flat midfield ever in Giggs, Roy Keane, Scholes & Beckham. Real Madrid of 01/02 boasts Zidane, Figo & Makelele. Milan who won it twice had a stable & consistent midfield in Gattuso, Seedorf, Pirlo & Kaka/R.Costa. Porto also won it when Costinha, Maniche & Deco were at their prime. Liverpool had 2 world class midfielders in Gerrard & X.Alonso. Finally, Barcelona were helped by Deco and the 2 freaks of nature: Xavi & Iniesta.
On the other hand, I cannot recall the last time a world class striker(s) winning the CL without the proper help of the midfield. Whereas, Porto & Liverpool even managed to do it without one.
So, all that being said, I think it is necessary for us to break this funny habit of ours. It still is necessary to keep a balance and have some good goalscorers but it must not be an obssession as it seems to be right now.