I am not an idiot, neither am I blind, I do not blindly pledge allegiance to anyone, neither will I blindly hate someone as well. I chose this title because this situation reminded of that famous Youtube video. A person is being attacked constantly for how the end product turns out without even checking the circumstances that lead to this final product. In the 2009/2010 Inter probably had its most successful season in terms of silverware ever since it's inception, and all fans of the Nerazzuri were proud!
Jose Mourinho was the man in charge of this club and promptly after solidifying his legendary status he resigned from his position and left for Madrid. Inter were now in a conundrum. Treble winners, with no coach. A few weeks later, Rafael Benitez a two time La Liga winner, UEFA Cup winner and UCL winner and runner up was selected as Inter's new coach, right after leading a Liverpool to 7th place finish in the EPL.
A transfer season had opened and looked full of promise for Inter. We were linked to several superstars once of which we were certain to acquire especially with the amount of revenue gained from winning the treble, however, the transfer directors of Inter said they would need to sell before they even think about buying, and suddenly 3 of our key players from our treble team were seemingly transfer listed, they are Milito, Maicon and Balotelli. Soon after Mario Balotelli had completed his switch to Machester City and Inter were ~ 30 million euros richer. And then the rumors of us being linked to superstars continued again. All the while Rafa handed in his transfer requests of Kuyt and Javier Marsh, two of his key players at Liverpool but these rumors were seemingly met with indifference by the board who simply didn't think treble champions needed the likes of these players and they would not have improved Inter in the slightest.
The SuperCoppa had come and gone and Inter had won their 4th trophy and with Atletico Madrid coming up the next Friday evening Inter fans were expecting a 5th trophy following a comfortable victory. However this game, was the first time in Rafa's reign that showed that maybe perhaps that Inter were not as good as they thought and reinforcements especially in the forward department was definitely needed. Three days later Inter opened their Serie A campaign to Bologna and it now became blatantly clear that Inter needed improvements, and the likes of Coutinho and Biabiany as substitutes would not cut it for another long season.
That Monday night was perhaps one of the longest in my life, I hardly slept a wink and spent almost all of the final 20 hours of the windows on this forum and looking at various transfer markets on who we would buy. Names from all over the continent were brought up, some of which brought us orgasms whilst others brought us .. But the end of the transfer window had come and gone and Inter's transfer window was concluded and involved us - signing: Coutinho, Biabiany, Castellazzi and losing: Balotelli, Burdisso, Quaresma, Obinna, Toldo. (If I missed out on players forgive me they are probably insignificant anyways).. and our squad to enter the 2010/2011 season where would defend our treble was:
Julio Cesar, Ivan Cordoba, Zanetti, Stankovic, Lucio, Motta, Eto'o, Sneijder, Muntari, Castellazzi, Maicon, Mariga, Suazo, Cambiasso, Obi, Orlandoni, Milito, Materazzi, Rivas, Samuel, Chivu, Pandev, Coutinho, Mancini, Alibec, Santon, Biabiany.
And the starting lineup expected was Jose Mourinho's 4-2-3-1.
--Maicon --- Lucio --- Samuel ----- Zanetti
------Cambiasso ---- Motta--------
--Eto'o---- Sneijder ---- Pandev
And the bench was to consist of: Castelazzi, Stankovic, Mariga, Cordoba, Materazzi, Biabiany, Coutinho.
The starting lineup is world class without a doubt, the bench however, is far from it. In fact, the drop in quality from the starting lineup is so significant that the very thought of any of Inter's players especially offensive getting injured was difficult to fathom, however Massimo Moratti was confident enough that this squad would be capable of winning. The beginning of the season and mixed results but Inter soon rose to the top of the table lead by Eto'o's form, and after a 4-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen, times were high for us and we looked as if we could not be stopped. Then, the injury bug began to bite and bite hard and bite often. Soon several core players were injured including, Julio Cesar, Maicon, Motta, Stankovic, Mariga, Muntari, Samuel, Cambiasso, Sneijder, and that does not even include last year's hero turned this year's flop Diego Milito.
Rafa Benitez has had to dip into a source of support that none of the Inter managers since Moratti's era as Inter owner began nearly 2 decades ago. Never have the coaches been forced to play 4 youngsters into their starting lineup in any game. Rafa was a first, and with youth came inexperience as all of the youth used with the exception of Obi, who as of today joined the ever growing injury list, have been simply been out-physiqued out of the matches. The treble winning Inter weren't known for the technical ability, they were known for being brutally physical in matches and simply tussling opponents off the ball rather than trying to dribble around them.
In addition to this, Rafa's arrival has been greeted with the lack of any type of consistent form from two of last year's stars, Maicon and Milito. The first is currently injured, but prior to those injuries was well known to be one of Inter's worst players to start the season whilst the latter, who had recently come off of injury, has missed more sitters than there are chairs in this world. Inter have been simply living off of Eto'o's red hot form, which has seem to slowed as of late, and now Inter has seemed to have stalled as of late, and are in "crisis" according to goal.com and football-italia.
This is the situation and how things look. Inter were a treble winning team 6 months ago and now they are struggling and since there is a new manager, he must be the problem, but the squad "looks" the exact same as the one that won the treble last year. It doesn't matter that there are members on the team who had less than amonth to recuperate after playing a near 60 game season, which included more travelling than any Inter squad had ever done in history, it does matter if the squad has a plethora of injuries and key players being out of form, it does not matter that the coach got no re-inforcements to even some of problems that Inter had last year, none of you even for a second believed that a treble was anywhere near our reach when we drew our first game with Bari 1-1 at the beginning of the 2009/10 season and some of the reasons listed were: 1) We are not good enough 2) Our midfield is too static and slow 3) We lost Ibra our best player 4) We are nowhere near Chelsea, Barcelona or Manchester United in terms of quality and would never be able to get past them.
Barcelona was drawn into our group stages and after losing to them and staring at elimination from the competition after failing to win for a year. The sack Jose posts were loud and clear - most of you will not even remember themselves posting that or hell, I may go out on a limb here but didn't give a fuck about Inter before May 22nd. We managed to win the UCL at the end of the season, after Jose had gotten all of his requests fulfilled (in one form or the other). Rafa has gotten none of these requests fulfilled at all, and after a transfer market that would not even be suitable for a team fighting relegation, you people need to ask yourselves, this one question..
What will a new coach add to this team so much that Rafa doesn't have? Motivation? Any coach who comes from 3-0 in a UCL final is a master motivator, but there's a limit as to how much you can motivate a bunch of youngsters and a bunch of pensioners to perform.. Can't you people clearly see that Rafa being the coach is not the problem.. Inter need investment. We need depth, and not just depth, we need capable depth. We need a player who can come off the bench at 60 minutes or even half time and snag a goal, like Mourinho had with Mario. So far Coutinho and Biabiany have yet to find the back of the net as subs or as starters, and so far they have been a pretty dribbler and fast runner, no real substance, at all.
This probably made no reason and may have been just me rambling out, but I just felt I needed to get this off my chest. I welcome anyone who wants to challenge my views. But I will not bother responding to "Rafa sucks because 6 months ago we won a treble", "or we lost the Milan derby so he must go".
O btw, if you wanna skip some parts you can start at any of the <start here> points