After being booed during a 0-0 draw at home to Sampdoria, there was to be a temporary reprieve with a 4-0 victory over n大发赌球eighbours Empoli after the international break. However, disparaging comments about the ambitions of the club in relation to the future of Azzurri star Federico Bernardeschi and a defeat in Florence to PAOK has put the fans back in the doldrums.
It is crazy to think that Nerazzurri chiefs relieved the Dutchman of his duties after so little time, especially when considering the slow start being made in the Premier League by Coaches of the highest calibre. The choice of his replacement in Stefano Pioli was somewhat uninspiring, and after a last-minute draw in the Milan derby and 3-2 defeat to Hapoel Be’er-Sheva, it is too early to tell if Inter made the right choice.
Inter had also invested in a multitude of new faces such as Joao Mario, Gabigol, Antonio Candreva and Ever Banega. However events took an unexpected twist when – after parting company with Roberto Mancini – new boss Frank de Boer arrived just two weeks before the start of the season. With so little time to prepare, it was no surprise that results weren’t as expected in the opening rounds.
The Nerazzurri suffered a disastrous run after missing out on Europe entirely last year, but in truth both sides have been a long way from the standards that are expected of them during the current campaign.
No matter how many different tacticians take the Inter bench, this team suffers from the same problems – rampant instability and nerves of jelly. The moment they run into an obstacle, they fall apart and the constant changing of the guard cannot be helping.
Inter fired De Boer after just 14 games in charge, whilst the Viola have persevered with Sousa despite some odd team selections and an inability to yield the most from the players available.
After goals from Nikola Kalinic and Josip Ilicic dried up however, Sousa’s possession-based philosophy had little 银河棋牌end product and the Viola eventually finished fifth.
For Fiorentina too, a somewhat inevitable defeat to Juventus paved the way for a disappointing start. Both Coaches seemed to be floundering, but the two clubs took very different approaches to solving the problems.
This summer saw fresh optimism for the two clubs, the re-hiring of previous Sporting Director Pantaleo Corvino led to typically astute summer arrivals in Florence, ending the calamitous reign of Daniele Pradè. All the signs were positive that Sousa finally had the personnel to properly implement his philosophies during his second season at the helm.
Fiorentina have won in the last four league outings with Inter, but this fascinating Monday evening encounter will place ‘stick’ against ‘twist’. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Whilst Inter were too rash in wielding the axe, it is looking like Fiorentina’s decision to hold off from sacking Sousa is perhaps too hesitant. He remains unable to draw the best from the players, still experimenting with different formations, and there is an air of negativity at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Whilst the Viola just need a point to win their Europa League group when collapsing to PAOK, the Milanese club crashed out of the competition with a 3-2 defeat at Hapoel Be’er-Sheva and had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic sent off.
It’s hard to recall that only a year ago Inter and Fiorentina were on top of the Serie A table, duelling it out to see who would be the main Scudetto contenders while Juventus floundered. How times have changed. They meet again on Monday evening after bitterly disappointing starts to the season in Serie A and the Europa League.
Roberto Mancini guided Inter to a fourth-place finish in 2015-16, the spot oc888博彩cupied by Fiorentina during the previous three seasons. Having been appointed to replace Vincenzo Montella at the start of last term, Coach Paulo Sousa enjoyed an explosive start in Tuscany, taking his side to the top of the league after a 4-1 defeat of Inter at the end of September.