Inter's season on life support
By Max De Luca
The Twitterati have already begun to recite the last rites for Inter following their lifeless display in the 3-1 loss to Siena on Sunday.
The Serie A cellar dwellers inflicted one of the most painful defeats of the Andrea Stramaccioni era to date. The 37-year-old coach cut a frustrated figure for most of the second half as his side’s struggles away from San Siro continued.
Inter’s last win on the road came on November 3rd against Juventus but they have only picked up one of a possible 18 points since then. To say the Beneamata are currently mired in a slump would be putting it mildly, as they have only secured one victory since the Christmas break.
The Nerazzurri are somehow still in the hunt for the last Champions League spot but have seen Milan go level on points.
The Diavoli were considered dead and buried after their slow start to the campaign but have made a Lazarus-like ascent up the table.
Milan currently have all the momentum heading into the crucial city derby in three weeks and are the talk of the town after prodigal son Mario Balotelli returned to his old stomping ground, albeit wearing red and black.
Inter managed to salvage what could have been a messy mercato, with some journalists dubbing their transfer campaign the ‘Rocchi Horror Picture Show’ before the last-minute signings of Ezequiel Schelotto, Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Mateo Kovacic.
The deal to bring the teenager to San Siro was a real coup but he is not ready to lead the Nerazzurri to the Promised Land just yet.
Inter now face a must-win situation when they welcome Chievo to the Giuseppe Meazza on the weekend. Failure to secure all three points would be nothing short of catastrophic, with games against Fiorentina and Milan looming large.
With Inter’s season seemingly on life support club president Massimo Moratti must decide whether or not to pull the plug on the Stramaccioni experiment or show some unwavering faith in his manager in dire times