Inter - Liverpool (16 Feb 22) [0-2]

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Vlahovic clearly had no interest in coming to Inter - thats why he's now at Juve. We even tried to buy him, so clearly, money wasnt the problem...
 

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Well I think this was about what all the realistic predictions saw coming in to the match. I don’t think we played poorly, especially in the 2nd half. However we’ve seen this story too many times this year. We play good football and this team has some nice pieces, but we are lacking something in these big matches.

- We can’t hurt teams with pace.
- Our CF is as unathletic as you will find at this level.
- Our midfield lacks a physical presence (Vidal actually played really well tonight by his standards, still not enough).
- We lack depth on the bench to change matches

With all that being said, we still have these moments in games where we are basically unplayable. I didn’t think we were going to have that at any point tonight but we did and we forced Klopp into making 4 subs between the 60th minute. We lost this match on 2 set pieces. I think there is something positive to take away from the match despite the result. There is potential in this team if we can make a few key acquisitions in the summer.

I’m not upset with Inzaghi or the boys, this is the big leagues. You won’t find a team a level above Liverpool, they’re on par with City, Bayern, etc in a one off match. We played at essentially our maximum but it’s just not good enough right now.
Yep….. 100% agree
 

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Saw this coming, and 60+ dont have option at all. Usually we attack on right side at first half then goes all out for left in second half but with barella suspension, we only attack left side all the time with dumfries isolated on right add that to big game poor 2nd half this season
 

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Chill, sorry to say, this game was decided by subs.
Liverpool play with 14 men, we only play with 12 men. Milner for Liverpool , and 4 our subs just cameo.

Like Marotta said, as long EPL teams had EPL money, its hard for Serie A teams compete with them.
They had Luis Diaz, a subs which is more expensive than all our forwards combined. :yao:

If only we had Vlahovic or Haaland level striker, we can score two or three goals.
The problem is our forwards play against Van Dijk / Konate, not average Genoa defenders, so you know what the result.

Our team do their best for 70 minutes, then Liverpool subs come on, with new breath, against our defender, which tired.
Bastoni probably just recovered by injury, De Vrij seems struggling with his eyes. Only Skriniar 100% fitness.
It's hard to maintain focus for 100% against two different players, Liverpool play all their cards, when we only had Sanchez.

This game reminds me when Croatia against France, you know what happen when you play with 11 good players against 22 good players.
 
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Mentality was spot on before their goal. After that heads went down and we conceded another one soon. That should not happen.
It was typical Inter stuff. No need to blame boys and coach.We need to move on. And pray that someone who has money will own this club.
 

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At least now, we can forget about the Champions League and concentrate on the Scudetto.

Obviously, the squad needs to be improved in midfield and up front for us to advance any further.

Personally, I would prefer if UEFA just gave us our elimination money so we can fuck the competition off. It's always the same protagonists and we're just making up numbers.
 

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Result was a fluke, a result of one fluke header that was headed with the back of the head in hopes of reaching some teammate and one double or triple deflected fluke shot after a series of unfortunate clearances.

We could have gotten something out of the game but we evidently did not. Hakan's shot was a perfect chance, Perisic cross to Lautaro was just too high. It was all in the details.

Apart from a mental breakdown in the first half (from 20something minute to the 35th or so), we never looked in danger. They actually were more worried than us, but we were toothless because we lack speed. Hakimi instead of Dumfries [who wasn't bad] and this had Inter win written all over it.

This is a team that has 7 shots on target on average and all they was managed a fluke header and a deflected shot. As well as a few blocked shots. We had just as many but we weren't as lucky to see our deflections move goalwards.

With Barella and Correa, this was a winnable game. But still most probably not a winnable series. With Gosens, I'd even bet on Inter and I probably haven't put a bet on a game in 4 years.


Worrying factors:
- We needed the half time break the tension. I'll assume that it was mostly nervousness but the first half apart from a 10 minute spell within the first 20 minutes can only be described as testing the waters rather than going for it. Pretty sure Inzaghi addressed this and that's why we looked much more potent at first half.

- We mentally collapsed after they scored. Could also add physical fatigue playing its part there, but we had the momentum then and were hit out of the blue, but these things need a better reaction.

- We gave up possession needlessly in our half. Multiple times. It's one thing to be relentlessly pressed and another to invite pressure to come. We also enabled this by sending the ball back instead of going for an attack, even if it was a long ball.

- We had to ration our football. Brozovic was not a factor in the first half, we started ticking when he began the plays from him, then he stopped being influential. Perisic was hardly used in the first half and we attacked their right side. It was painfully obvious that we could have hit them from their right side and we would have done that if Gosens was available and we could have allowed Perisic to press even more. Our big chance came in the first minutes from a Perisic move so I was hoping for more. Especially when that Elliot kid was on, he had no idea of how to help his defender.

- There's a reason why you place a defender on the near and far post in a corner. We found out why the hard way.

- Brozovic. He missed a step in the 0-2, didn't follow Salah's move and that allowed Salah to get the shot in. In general, he was giving the ball up a lot and we really need someone to relieve him, not just in a game, but in general so that he can be more fresh for these encounters.

- Subs. We know there's no depth, but subbing out Lautaro shifted the momentum. They were under no pressure when he left and it was clear that they were struggling to keep up and were incredibly worried even at 0-1 from our long balls.

- Dzeko. We needed to use his height and presence in the box but instead he was used in a free role that didn't really trouble Liverpool.

- In general, we looked like we were playing with no presence in the center of the pitch and they always seemed to have a player more than us.


Positives:
- Perisic was immense. Should have initiated more attacks with him since any combination with Dumfries and his nearby teammates weren't doing much.

- Vidal was annoying with his complaining, but excellent overall. Perhaps can be blamed for inviting Liverpool by committing that foul for their second, but overall he was not a liability and he was probably our best from the midfield three.

- Skriniar. Nuff said.

- Bastoni, apart from one almost brainfart in the first half and losing Firmino, he was impeccable. In a game of details, it's important to not make any mistakes that cost and he did, but cannot blame him entirely there.

- Hakan. He was inconsistent throughout the game. Whenever his presence was felt, he was one of the best players in the pitch, yet he had moments of disappearance.

- Inzaghi, first 65 minutes: We showed no fear. We played our game. We were unlucky. We had our limitations. We deserved to be ahead but it just didn't happen. Cannot blame the coach, this is the team he has. 12 players essentially.


I stand by what I said when the draw was done (which excluded Liverpool having Diaz as well). If our squad is full, I stand behind our guys in this encounter. But unfortunately we were outmatched and unprepared. And we're coming off a very bad stretch with huge games while they're coming from a record of straight wins against easy opponents.


With a one goal deficit we'd still have hopes going to Anfield but now we can "relieve" some pressure off of us and focus more on the league. All we can do there is give our best and see what happens. Hopefully Correa and Gosens make a surprise appearance there, too.
 

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This has little to do with gameplay. It has almost everything to do with mentality. When you have Salzburg that scores at home 1-1 vs. Bayern, the excuses run out for us.

The issue with having an inferiority complex is that it starts to become a self fulfilling prophecy.
The thing is our playing style. We have a lot of trouble getting out of our zone.

In the second half when Liverpool gave us the space, we were almost like great. The one thing missing in this team is to consistently being able to produce those quality chances. We played great in the second half but even that didn't produce us even a shot on goal.
 

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thats the delusion we used to tell ourselves before liverpool and chelsea in 08/09 and 07/08 too.
Wasn't it vs man utd? Don't recall us playing chelski except in the treble season
 

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Wasn't it vs man utd? Don't recall us playing chelski except in the treble season
sorry, typo, I meant United anad Liverpool :D
 

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Nobody should be mad going to bed after this game. Guys gave everything but we are just overall not good enough in this moment to compete with them. Let's now concentrate on league and Coppa and bring in two more trophies.



Oh and I almost forgot we was without Barella and Correa and they had all players available.
 

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Wasn't some shithead critizing me for being negative after I predicted this match almost exactly?

- have some great chances but Lmaotaro, Dzeko and co. are too impotent to convert
- fail to capitalize on our strong periods
- eventually concede around the 70th minute from a set piece
- lack of response as players heads start to droop and create no good chances to get a goal back
- eventually lose the game without scoring a goal

This shit isn't remotely difficult to predict nor surprising when it happens. Why? Because it happens every time we play a big team.

The positive is that in every single big match, we've shown periods of dominance. I'd say we had about 30 really strong minutes today. We had about 45 minutes against Madrid, 45 against juve and about 60 minutes against Milan for example. The problems are that, obviously, we lack both the quality, but far, far more infuriatingly, the personality to ever hold our nerve until the end.

It's a collective failure:
- from ownership for absolutely gutting this squad
- from management, for bringing in the likes of Gosens to play 2nd fiddle to our standout performer this season in Perisic, instead of prioritizing a midfielder after Sensi's departure
- from Inzaghi, for not having the tactical nous nor the mentality to push this team just that little bit further over the finish line
- and from the players themselves, for not seizing their chances

2W, 5D, 4L against big teams. Pathetic. Limetti is looking less like a Conte and more like a Spalletti with every passing big match.
 

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Watching the highlights it hurts even more. It looks like even game. But reality is something else. The subs changed the game
 

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Result was a fluke, a result of one fluke header that was headed with the back of the head in hopes of reaching some teammate and one double or triple deflected fluke shot after a series of unfortunate clearances.

We could have gotten something out of the game but we evidently did not. Hakan's shot was a perfect chance, Perisic cross to Lautaro was just too high. It was all in the details.

Apart from a mental breakdown in the first half (from 20something minute to the 35th or so), we never looked in danger. They actually were more worried than us, but we were toothless because we lack speed. Hakimi instead of Dumfries [who wasn't bad] and this had Inter win written all over it.

This is a team that has 7 shots on target on average and all they was managed a fluke header and a deflected shot. As well as a few blocked shots. We had just as many but we weren't as lucky to see our deflections move goalwards.

With Barella and Correa, this was a winnable game. But still most probably not a winnable series. With Gosens, I'd even bet on Inter and I probably haven't put a bet on a game in 4 years.


Worrying factors:
- We needed the half time break the tension. I'll assume that it was mostly nervousness but the first half apart from a 10 minute spell within the first 20 minutes can only be described as testing the waters rather than going for it. Pretty sure Inzaghi addressed this and that's why we looked much more potent at first half.

- We mentally collapsed after they scored. Could also add physical fatigue playing its part there, but we had the momentum then and were hit out of the blue, but these things need a better reaction.

- We gave up possession needlessly in our half. Multiple times. It's one thing to be relentlessly pressed and another to invite pressure to come. We also enabled this by sending the ball back instead of going for an attack, even if it was a long ball.

- We had to ration our football. Brozovic was not a factor in the first half, we started ticking when he began the plays from him, then he stopped being influential. Perisic was hardly used in the first half and we attacked their right side. It was painfully obvious that we could have hit them from their right side and we would have done that if Gosens was available and we could have allowed Perisic to press even more. Our big chance came in the first minutes from a Perisic move so I was hoping for more. Especially when that Elliot kid was on, he had no idea of how to help his defender.

- There's a reason why you place a defender on the near and far post in a corner. We found out why the hard way.

- Brozovic. He missed a step in the 0-2, didn't follow Salah's move and that allowed Salah to get the shot in. In general, he was giving the ball up a lot and we really need someone to relieve him, not just in a game, but in general so that he can be more fresh for these encounters.

- Subs. We know there's no depth, but subbing out Lautaro shifted the momentum. They were under no pressure when he left and it was clear that they were struggling to keep up and were incredibly worried even at 0-1 from our long balls.

- Dzeko. We needed to use his height and presence in the box but instead he was used in a free role that didn't really trouble Liverpool.

- In general, we looked like we were playing with no presence in the center of the pitch and they always seemed to have a player more than us.


Positives:
- Perisic was immense. Should have initiated more attacks with him since any combination with Dumfries and his nearby teammates weren't doing much.

- Vidal was annoying with his complaining, but excellent overall. Perhaps can be blamed for inviting Liverpool by committing that foul for their second, but overall he was not a liability and he was probably our best from the midfield three.

- Skriniar. Nuff said.

- Bastoni, apart from one almost brainfart in the first half and losing Firmino, he was impeccable. In a game of details, it's important to not make any mistakes that cost and he did, but cannot blame him entirely there.

- Hakan. He was inconsistent throughout the game. Whenever his presence was felt, he was one of the best players in the pitch, yet he had moments of disappearance.

- Inzaghi, first 65 minutes: We showed no fear. We played our game. We were unlucky. We had our limitations. We deserved to be ahead but it just didn't happen. Cannot blame the coach, this is the team he has. 12 players essentially.


I stand by what I said when the draw was done (which excluded Liverpool having Diaz as well). If our squad is full, I stand behind our guys in this encounter. But unfortunately we were outmatched and unprepared. And we're coming off a very bad stretch with huge games while they're coming from a record of straight wins against easy opponents.


With a one goal deficit we'd still have hopes going to Anfield but now we can "relieve" some pressure off of us and focus more on the league. All we can do there is give our best and see what happens. Hopefully Correa and Gosens make a surprise appearance there, too.
So you’re saying if we had Hakimi instead of Dumfries we’d have won the game? Wake up Kostas, our strikers stink. It’s time to admit you were wrong
 
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I would like start Gosens and Perisic + Sanchez as forward for next game:yao:

No more Lautaro - Dzeko please :yao2:
 
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