Inter's Serie A rollercoaster
By Max De Luca
Despite December 20, 2012 passing without incident the doomsday prophets were out in full force following Inter’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Udinese on Sunday.
Andrea Stramaccioni’s men are now winless in their last three league matches prompting the Nerazzurri’s naysayers to go on the offensive.
Fans flocked to Twitter and Facebook after the final whistle to voice their displeasure with Inter’s performance at the Stadio Friuli. Inter did indeed look flat and disjointed for the most part on Sunday but things are not quite as bad as they seem.
There is a sense of serenity in the squad under Stramaccioni, which is a far cry from the instability that poisoned the ranks last season. Inter have already beaten Fiorentina, Napoli and AC Milan this term, while also halting Juve’s 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A.
The Beneamata are not built to be worldbeaters right now. They will most likely end the campaign with any silverware but that’s not the objective. The goal right now is to qualify for the Champions League.
As impressive as the win over Juve in Turin was it only created some unrealistic expectations in some quarters. This is the first full year of Stramaccioni’s project and if all goes to plan the club will dominate on the domestic and continental fronts once again.
There are some glaring holes in the squad most notably an ageing strikeforce but Inter are still well positioned to entrench themselves in second place, as nine of their next 10 games will come against teams below them in the standings.
While it’s never ideal for Interisti to watch Juve run away with the Scudetto, things could be much worse; Just look at what’s going on at Milanello.