Should Moratti be dismissing Gasperini’s system already?

The last time Inter lost their opening Serie A game of the season their Coach, Marcello Lippi, was not around to see the side fulfil their next fixture. It appears new boss Gian Piero Gasperini is not going to be afforded much more time than the former Italy Coach was a decade ago unless he makes some changes to his system. Gasperini faced some fierce criticism before his new team had even kicked a ball, with his new President even insisting he should refrain from playing with a 3-4-3 formation and, since the 4-3 defeat to Palermo on Sunday evening, Moratti has hinted it is already time for the new boss to make some changes, before it is too late. But many have said it is ridiculous and unfair to suggest Inter’s 2011/12 season will be one of failure and misery with Gasperini at the helm, especially after one game.
The position of Inter Coach is tough enough with the constant scrutiny and criticism of the media and fans, the man in the dugout does not need such opprobrium from his employer on top of that. Although Moratti avoided revealing the former Genoa Coach faces the sack if things don’t improve, but in saying “he won’t need any pushing to look for the necessary solutions – at least for the moment”, the 67-year-old’s message was clear – start winning immediately or go.
Inter have made some massive changes since last season. A squad needs time to adjust to a new manager or new players when they come into the team and the new additions need time to adjust to their new surroundings, so when there are dramatic changes such as a new manager with a new system and new, high profile players all coming into the club in a short space of time then it is natural everything may take a while to fall into place. Gasperini needs time to adjust and figure out more about his players, how they work and what position they are able to take up in his team, a manager can do all the preparation in the world but there is no better way to judge this and perfect such a system than seeing it in practice on the field.
Mauro Zarate was terrible on Sunday evening and was substituted after 34 minutes but he has not turned into a poor player since joining Inter in the summer. Diego Forlan was rather useless on the right-wing but as we saw at Atletico Madrid and for Uruguay in the Copa America and World Cup, he can still be the brains of the attack from any role of the front three. Wesley Sneijder, who replaced Zarate on the left-wing, may have been played out of his comfort zone, but he is a versatile, creative player who can create something out of nothing, no matter where he plays. These are three very strong and talented players who are good enough to change a game and they should have made the difference against Palermo. It is unfair to suggest the new Coach and his style of play is solely responsible for their poor performances, it is premature to say it will never work with these stars. Such players are good and versatile enough to thrive under the fast-paced style of play Gasperini brings to the team. In time these players can adjust to the system employed by their new boss. They and the new Coach need to have a run of games together under their belt before anybody can say definitively this system does or doesn’t work.

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