Inter torn apart In Turin

Posted by David Wilson

A nightmare day for Inter fans as Inter were torn apart in Turin losing 3-1 to a rampant Juventus side in the Derby d'Italia. Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini and Arturo Vidal gave Juventus a three goal lead before Rolando pulled one back for Inter. Rolando's goal was only Inter's second goal of 2014 and ended a goalless away streak that had been approaching 400 minutes.

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While Inter huffed and puffed late, for the first 60 minutes this was the worst Inter performance of the season. They were second best to every ball and if it was not for the performance of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, Juventus could have easily scored four or five.

In the last 30 minutes, Juventus took their foot off the pedal and Inter were able to get forward and create chances. But those last 30 minutes cannot cover up what was a dismal Inter performance.

It was only three seasons ago when Inter dominated Italian football, but since that brilliant 2009-10 season, Inter have gone backwards while Juventus have put together a team that is not only poised to win the Scudetto for the third consecutive year, but looks set to dominate Italy for years to come.

Without Fredy Guain, Esteban Cambiasso and new signing Hernanes, the Inter midfield looked suspect on paper and they were even worse on grass.

Saphir Taider, Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Mateo Kovacic were totally dominated by Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Vidal.

The fact that the Inter trio combined would cost less than any one of the Juventus midfielders just highlights the difference in class between the two sides.

Questionable coaching decisions

In a big defeat, managers come under scrutiny and that has to be the case with Walter Mazzarri on Sunday. The first question to Mazzarri has to be why Guarin was not in the squad?

I understand that Guarin was upset and/or frustrated at how Inter handled him during the transfer window. But that window is closed now and Guarin is still an Inter player. This was the second consecutive game he has missed and it is time for Mazzarri to show some man management skills and get Guarin ready to play. Antonio Conte was able to do that with Mirko Vucinic, who was the other player involved in the swap deal and he came on late and hit the post. Why can't Mazzarri get Guarin ready to play?

The second questionable decision that Mazzarri made was a game management one in the 55th minute. Inter were losing 3-0 and Mazzarri took off Kuzmanovic and brought on Diego Milito for a little bit attacking intent.

Why not bring on Mauro Icardi instead? Not only does Icardi have a record of scoring against Juventus, but at 3-0 the game is over. Why not give Icardi, who is supposed to be the future No. 9 of Inter some desperately needed playing time? Inter will never find out if Icardi is Milito's replacement if Mazarri will not play him.

Bad day for Rodrigo Palacio

For how bad Inter were on Sunday in Turin, they actually created enough chances to grab an unlikely point. Unfortunately, three of these chances fell to Palacio and he failed to put any off them on target.

Not only were these really good scoring chances, but they came at crucial parts of the game when an Inter goal could have changed the complexity of the match.

The first came in the 40th minute when the score was still 1-0. Inter found themselves with a 3-on-2 counter attack and Kovacic fed Palacio down the right channel only to see the striker blast the ball over the crossbar. Juventus had dominated the game up until then, but if Inter had managed to go into half-time tied at 1-1, who knows how the second half would have turned out.

Two minutes into the second half Juventus went 2-0 up when Chiellini scored from close range, but yet minutes later Palacio had a half-chance in the box but blasted it over again. Yes, it was a difficult chance but was one that a top striker at least puts on target. Palacio scores and it is 2-1 and Inter are back in the match.

Then with five minutes to go and Juventus handing on to a 3-1 lead, Palacio headed wide from six yards out, probably the easiest of the three chances. Juventus were certainly hanging on defensively at that point in the game, and whose knows what would have happened in the last five minutes if Inter were pressuring for a equalizer.


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