With Frank de Boer’s brief tenure as Coach now consigned to history, the next man in to try to revive Inter’s flagging fortunes is Stefano Pioli. The former Lazio boss is the ninth ‘permanent’ appointment the San Siro hierarchy have made since Jose Mourinho left to take charge of Real Madrid in 2010, and he will have his work cut out if he is to avoid going the same way as Rafa Benitez, Leonardo, Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri, Andrea Stramaccioni, Walter Mazzarri, Roberto Mancini and De Boer before him.
The 51-year-old’s immediate focus, however, will not lie beyond Sunday’s Derby Della Madonnina with Milan, and there are reasons to believe the Nerazzurri could defy the form book against Vincenzo Montella’s team. The match will be very closely tied but some online tipsters, such as SBAT, are expecting
Much maligned though international breaks are, everyone associated with the Nerazzurri will have been grateful for the arrival of the one recently finished. A 3-0 victory over struggling Crotone – a much closer shave for Inter than the scoreline suggests – may have returned the treble-winners of 2010 to winning ways in their most recent fixture a fortnight ago, but the blue and black half of Milan remain a club in turmoil.
Events since September 18 have culminated in boyhood Nerazzurri fan Pioli being handed his dream job. Sunday’s Derby will not make or break his spell at San Siro – even at Inter it is surely safe to assume that – but it does give him the opportunity to immediately transform the mood around the club. Let the drama commence.
Despite clear weaknesses in certain areas, Inter also boast a squad capable of much better than they have shown so far this season. De Boer made a series of con赌场注册fusing decisions and team selections during his short reign, drawing criticism from media, fans and allegedly his own players. Should Pioli, who already has the advantages of previous Serie A experience and flu波音娱乐ency in Italian that his predecessor did not, simply allow his new side to express themselves in his first game in charge, he may be richly rewarded.
A poor start to the season results-wise, two changes in the dugout, a captain at war with his own fans and a lack of leadership and direction behind the scenes – these are just some of the factors to have contributed to Inter’s frankly soap opera-like campaign thus far. Indeed, if the scriptwriters from The Young Pope are short of fresh ideas for storylines, they could do worse than look to San Siro as a source of inspiration.
There are some excellent Coaches present on that list, so Inter’s problems clearly go much deeper than simply the man occupying the dugout. With this in mind, it is difficult to say with any degree of confidence just what Pioli must achieve in order to convince any or all of the Suning Group, Erick Thohir, Massimo Moratti or whoever else may be making decisions at San Siro to give him the benefit of a full pre-season next summer.
The meeting against their old rivals represents a high-profile opportunity for Inter to show that, for all their recent turbulence, they are alive and kicking. Recent defeats to Cagliari, Atalanta and Sampdoria, as well as the sacking of De Boer, should have dented pride within the Inter camp. A game against Milan provides Pioli’s players with the ideal stage to at least start making amends.
Finally, Inter have shown already this365足球备用 campaign that they can rise to the big occasion. The unquestionable highlight of De Boer’s time at San Siro was the hugely unexpected 2-1 win over Juventus, a result which was supposed to have been a turning point for the Dutchman. It wasn’t, but that evening proved Pioli has the tools at his disposal to engineer a win in a fixture that appears, on paper, much more winnable than that encounter with the Old Lady did prior to kick-off.