I don't think I'm the only one who believes that Inter are now in severe crisis with very little on the horizon but we should use this productively.
I hate to say it but we probably were the weakest squad to win the Champions League in many years and to a certain extent we were carried by the best coach in the world. I know its a horrible thing to say, but it wouldn't be the first time a great individual has gotten something extra out of a whole team, though often its players who do it (Baggio Italy 1994 and Zidane France 2006) spring to mind. That's not to say the squad is devoid of talent, just that it is threadbare in many places.
I think we should forget about winning things this year and use it as a year to rebuild.The alternative is to let an average squad get older and then the mess will be worse again.
I'd start with Benitez, I really don't think the guy is up to it. I'm not saying he is a "bad" coach, just that he isn't of the standard required by Inter (or Liverpool). Also, coming off the back of the treble, the pressure is 1000 times worse, I think we should scour for a new, young, ambitious coach with new ideas, personally I'd plump for Deschamps though I know many would be against it (many for reasons that he isn't a big coaching name and others through bigotry) but he has already achieved good things and certainly wouldn't be frightened. Alternatively I'd go for Spalletti.
Realistically we have to have a clear out. I'd start, and many of you will be disgusted by this, Sneijder. The guy is a very good footballer but he isn't exceptional. People make out that he's the new Zidane, the guy plays a very useful role but he certainly isn't the best in the world in his role. His passing is often wayward, his free-kicks in general atrocious. On the other side, his reputation is very high and he could bring in many millions which would allow us to replace him. I think he can be a class act again but that he really needs Mourinho, even then he frustrates me too often.
Julio Cesar is another that could bring in big money and could be directly replaced with Muslera. JC is probably the best shot-stopper in the world, but he is not a goalkeeper, by that I mean he rarely catches and this just leads to rebound goals, its happened too often. Muslera for me is a safer bet. Equally Maicon should be sold, he isn't motivated anymore, and the money he brings in could be invested in Bale.
We also need to shed some of the aging deadwood and also some of the players who were useful but are now past it. With Moratti tight on the purse strings it would take some clever purchasing to build the squad up but the alternative is to let it get too old and then it will be even more difficult. Brave decisions now can pay off.
I expect to get slagged for this as it is intended to be radical. I understand some guys who couldn't point to Milano on a map and only watch Inter on television or websites will hammer me, but I don't really care. What I care about is not watching my team go down fast, and I say this as someone who found it bitterly disappointing to travel all the way to Milan (I go regularly enough during the season and not just to big matches but ones against Chievo, Parma,Palermo etc) on Saturday, getting no sleep Friday, returning this morning getting no sleep last night to see what can only be described as dire and its not a one-off, it has been like this for two months now and whatever credit can be given to Benitez it was also like this for much of the second half of last season too.