Club Focus – Inter – Worry about yourself, not your rivals

Despite having a visit from Genoa this weekend, Inter could be forgiven for having one eye on the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night when Roma take on Milan in a clash that should sort out whether the Giallorossi’s recent hope of a Scudetto challenge is legitimate. A few weeks ago, a win for Roma in this fixture would have been a good bet to place, but in the last couple of games they have struggled.

From an Inter perspective, the winner of the game will not matter if the Nerazzurri get the win against Genoa, because at the very worst, their advantage over Milan remains the same. Both Roma and Milan have shown signs that they could well fall apart before the end of the season, and so José Mourinho’s team have to keep their sights very firmly set on the task ahead of them, not the teams behind them.

One positive sign for Inter is Genoa’s 3-4 home loss to Bologna last week. The Rossoblu have been having a somewhat inconsistent season – especially compared to the giddy heights last year – as last week’s result and the previous week’s 3-0 victory over Udinese demonstrates. Now it may seem that playing an opponent in such variable form is a dangerous prospect, and thar could well be the case, but Inter, who have not been brilliant themselves recently, would much rather face a Genoa team that could go either way than a Genoa team playing really well.

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One aspect of last weekend’s match against Udinese that simply has to be mentioned is the wonderful goal by Douglas Maicon. The Brazilian was looking like a player that is close to his best form and the goal, which came from a move that he both started with a great pass to Diego Milito and then finished, is absolutely fantastic. On a similar note, Mario Balotelli put in another performance that will have Inter fans hoping that his recent good behaviour can continue. As expected in an international week, his performance led to people calling for his inclusion in the Azzurri’s World Cup squad, which may prove to be premature, but if Lippi is willing to take a chance on a player, then ‘Super Mario’ would be as good as anyone. However, given his reluctance to call up Antonio Cassano, a player that is not a million miles away from Balotelli in terms of character, then it is unlikely that the youngster will see any international playing time this side of the tournament in the summer.

Luciano Moggi – admittedly, he does not have anything to do with Inter, but his inclusion in this club focus is because he was the ringleader of the scheme that kept the Nerazzurri downtrodden in Serie A for so long. Moggi has this week, yet again, stated that Calciopoli was an invention made up to remove him from Juventus and ruin the club that he loves. His line of argument this time is that there are more refereeing controversies now than there ever were when he was still with la Vecchia Signora. The reason, of course, Luciano, is that now Juventus also complain about referees, as well as Inter and Milan because things no longer always go the way of the Bianconeri. There are bound to be more controversial moments that the playing field has been levelled.

The final word this week comes from Balotelli, who has told of a meeting he had with Cristiano Ronaldo – then playing for Manchester United – when the two teams met in the Champions League last season. “I asked for Ronaldo’s jersey and he told me he already gave it to someone else,” said the striker. “I replied, ‘I will become stronger than you.’” Whilst his motivation for such a comment does seem a little strange, his confidence in his own ability should not be doubted, and who knows? Maybe he will eventually be correct.


Inter Club Focus 2009/10

Pre-season

Another Scudetto for the Nerazzurri? – August 18, 2009

Week 1

A stuttering start, and a Portuguese explosion – August 25, 2009

Week 2

It’s derby time – August 28, 2009

A wonderful derby but the champions of Europe are waiting – September 1, 2009

All is well for la Beneamata – September 4, 2009

International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)

Friendlies, injuries and stolen boots… – September 7, 2009

Week 3

Nerazzurri look to the future as Ibra looks back – September 11, 2009

Inter get a point, but that’s not the point – September 18, 2009

Week 4

They never had a problem with ugly wins – September 22, 2009

Week 5

Partenopei are beaten Black and Blue – September 25, 2009

Week 6

Blucerchiati run rings round Inter – September 29, 2009

Champions League? You’re having a laugh – October 2, 2009

Week 7

I’d rather be lucky than good – October 6, 2009

The international break – October 6, 2009

International Week (Republic of Ireland-Italy, Italy-Cyprus)

Transfer Talk – October 13, 2009

Back to Genova – October 16, 2009

Week 8

The Puzzle continues – October 20, 2009

Week 9

What next? – October 23, 2009

Papering over the cracks – October 27, 2009

Week 10

The pressure is on as Inter almost throw it away against Palermo – October 30, 2009

Week 11

Judgement day awaits – November 3, 2009

Just in time – November 6, 2009

Week 12

A draw with Roma, but things look good – November 10, 2009

Week 13

Back to the day job – November 20, 2009

A Messi situation – November 24, 2009

It was embarrassing – November 27, 2009

Week 14

José gets ruffled – December 1, 2009

Week 15

Derby d’Italia – December 4, 2009

It could be worse – December 8, 2009

Week 16

Disaster averted – December 11, 2009

A missed opportunity? More for them than us – December 11, 2009

Week 17

Resolutions – December 18, 2009

How do you solve a problem like Mourinho [does]? – December 22, 2009

Winter break

Grazie Marco – December 29, 2009

Inter transfer rumours beaten black and blue – January 5, 2010

Week 18

Mario Balotelli, hero and villain – January 8, 2010

Wesley Sneijder: the human get-out-of-jail-free card – January 12, 2010

Week 19

A potentially beastly decision – January 15, 2010

Week 20

Bari wasn’t great, Milan must be better – January 19, 2010

Week 21

Derby della Madonnina and Jermaine Jenas? – January 22, 2010

Inter show why they are the champions of Milan – January 26, 2010

A derby win, a semi-final, and disciplinary charges. Just another quiet week for Mourinho – January 29, 2010

Week 22

Snow game this weekend – February 2, 2010

Week 23

Coppa win and Gerrard in? – February 5, 2010

The Goran Pandev show – February 9, 2010

Week 24

Nine points clear – February 12, 2010

Week 25

Mourinho and Chelsea – February 16, 2010


Mourinho needs league form fast
– February 19, 2010


Seriously José, what’s going on?
– February 23, 2010

Week 26

It’s in your own hands now – February 26, 2010

Week 27

Worry about yourself, not your rivals – March 5, 2010

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