SempreInter.com Reviews Inter’s 2016/2017 Season: Overall Impression

June 15, 2017 10:00
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Season Review

As Inter’s dreadful season has finally come to an end, the SempreInter.com staff take a look at the year that was just concluded. Starting today and then once per day for the next 4 days Inter’s season will be analyzed from different perspectives. Below the overall impression of the season is given.

Jordan Russell: We’re facing year zero yet again, which is quite a farcical situation. De Boer’s appointment was a shambles.

Tin Milekic: The writing was on the wall even before preseason with early signs of things falling apart behind the scenes (Mancini renewal and Mercato disagreements) with 4 different directorial currents torn our prospects to bits, culminating with Mancini leaving so late. An utter amateur hour in my book, that I haven’t forgiven as it was always to end in a disaster of a season, and seeing quite a few of those in recent years, the sentiment over this season barely could be any worse. Embarrassing 14 defeats are a testament to that.

Shibaprasad Bhattacharya: Disastrous. Expected much much more from the players. After spending more than 100m€, this finishing is horrible. Management as usual continued to act in a gibberish way. Mancini’s departure could have been avoided and probably we would have been a much better force by that.

Cammy Anderson: A season, like so many others that promised to be different but ended up being another season to forget. The manager merry go round was an embarrassment.

Giovanni Trombetta: In short, we’ve seen some promising performances, however, we still lack the mental and physical depth to be consistent for 38 weeks.

Samer Alfahad: The season started off with a lot of hope and suddenly Inter disappointed the fans and the world once again. It could have gone much better if the management had done their jobs properly and avoid all complications. Furthermore, sacking De Boer and Pioli displayed Inter’s lack of judgement and common sense.

Suneet Bajaj: Chaos. We gave ourselves no chance with Mancini’s sacking. Had Pioli been there from the start, he would have been out by February. The incompetence from the top has come out to the fore. There is talent but there is a lack of unity and purpose, again we need men around the team. Ausilio isn’t that guy. He might be good with transfers but not a team builder, has no prior experience of it. We need a complete team and also need our technical management (Ausilio) to step up or step out if we want to achieve Suning’s lofty targets

Jack Portley: A pretty disastrous season in the end considering where we finished in the table compared to where we were a couple of months earlier

Rahul Sharma: Very interesting beginning to the season with De Boer. Curious appointment, it was clear he was gonna struggle with only 2 weeks to work with the squad, and the result against Chievo did not surprise me one bit
Pioli gave a much needed psychological lift and the team seemed to improve physically as well, enough to sell us fake dreams of a top 3 finish. The dip in April and May is inexcusable from a squad that should be at least top 5 by quality of players and is top 3 for wages paid.

Nima Tavallaey: On the pitch it’s been nothing but an unmitigated disaster. Expected too due to the senseless hiring of Frank De Boer 2 weeks before start of the season. So season ended before it even started which is a new record even for Inter. However, off the pitch it’s looking really good in terms of the clubs finances as well as the hiring of Walter Sabatini and likely appointment of Gabriele Oriali. Remember Suning have only been in charge for 11 months, next season is when a fair judgement regarding their management of the club can be made.

Mario Gagliano: We suck again! I expected nothing more from the season to be honest. From the moment we sacked Mancini we were destined to fail. The timing and choice of De Boer was terrible. We have a player who doesn’t deserve to be captain or wear the shirt, a management that doesn’t know how to properly run a club, and players who don’t seem to want to play. The talent is there but the mentality isn’t. Our little run of form was great, but it means nothing now that we’ve failed out of everything this season. Our attack was the problem. We scored goals, but for the most part we were ineffective and it forced an unnecessary amount of pressure on our defense through counters and inability to retain possession and kill off games we were leading in. We played better without Icardi on the field.

Oliver Fisher: Inter once again were plagued by problems off the field, something which you would think that Suning would view as a worst-case scenario. Finishing below the likes of Atalanta, Lazio and Milan is a testament to the chaos that Nerazzurri fans had to witness this season.

Olof Svensson: Inter shot down this season when they fired Mancini close to Opening Day and thought it was a good idea to bring in Frank De Boer who didn’t even know a word of Italian.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know below in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

By Mario Gagliano
  • Bellal Amerkhail

    Sell icardi 75+ mil immediately please, the guy is not fit to be our captain of our legendary club. Threatens his own fans and forced a wage raise via wife and writes an autobiography af 23 threatening the very people who made him famous.

    Now I’ll admit, Icardi has world class finishing but that’s about it, even nagatomo has better ball control then icardi (I’m sure that will piss off some fans), icardi cannot shield the ball like a modern day striker, nor can he take on defenders

    Do inter fans remember when we had real strikers like Eto’o and Ronaldo? Those guys should be the example for a striker at our club , we cannot afford big names like before but we can’t afford to let icardi “become world class” in 3 seasons of mid table finishes

    I’d honestly rather have nobody on the top scoring charts if it means we place top 3, aka a team effort, ironically we play better without icardi but heck what do I know, I’ve only played at a amateur/semi pro level my whole life.

    I guess we will continue to build a team around him , hopefully by the time we’re in champions league he’s the best player in the world lol

    I feel bad for players like perisic and candreva who can’t rely on their striker to give a simple give and go, imo icardi would be the best super sub in today’s game, think like Morata.

    Anyways I don’t really hate icardi that much but seeing how Blind some fans are that they give a glimmer of hope to any individual decent statistic but in reality our team is far from a team…

    • Alex

      Lol yeah Ronaldo was the example and pillar of loyalty… He’s worthy of the captaincy in your books. You were probably a kid when he did what he did. So let me tell you my child: Ronaldo was shit, he was injured for two seasons, used our doctors and full wages when he was injured. He played a good World Cup and then he requested to be transferred to Real Madrid. Because of that we couldn’t make more than 40m from him.

  • Alex

    Lol, Gagliano is apparently a member of our merda Curva, a laughable so called tifosi that boo our best player (Icardi), while never protest against having shits staying in our club over many years like Nagatomo. If curva stop coming to the stadium, I bet we are going to have a better season. They put unnecessary pressure on the team.

    • itzPitbull

      I hope you’re joking by saying that the curva is putting unnecessary pressure. LMAO. If the team can’t handle the pressure from their own fans, then they’ll lose their minds in the UCL or even being in the top 5. Icardi is far from our best player, he scores goals, sure, that’s his job though. Why are Intersiti praising a player for doing his job. Handanovic, if anything, is our best player. He single handedly keeps inter in games and has kept the team from falling down the standings in Serie A. If the midfield and offense can’t hold onto the ball, so guess who has to deal with it? Defense and GK. If Mauro scored 30ish goals, then maybe you could overlook his severe deficiencies outside of the box.

      • Alex

        Icardi isn’t the guy who loses the ball. He scores and makes assists with the very little service he receives from our midfield. The curva is just butthurt from Icardi’s comments in his books. They deserve players like Palacio (in his last two years) that had ZERO impact. They also deserve a shit like Nagatomo. Because he runs, right?! No matter how useless or shit he is. Playing in our home should be an advantage, not a disadvantage. How can a team creates a personality, when booing starts at the 30th minute?!

        • itzPitbull

          Obviously the boos at Madrid have affected the team so badly that they’ve won two UCLs in the last 3 years.

          “little service he receives from our midfield.” What do you mean? The team creates a bottleneck because every ball is directed towards Icardi since he can’t be half-assed to track back and take the ball up. He had 0.4 dribbles this last season. My man can’t run with the ball if his life depended on it. Why do you think most passes are for him INSIDE the box and not outside?

          • Alex

            He’s a classic no.9 poacher… They are not dribblers… They are finishers. I don’t know what more you guys expect him to do on the field… With the shitty fullbacks we have. Just see how much offensive service real gets from its fullbacks …

          • itzPitbull

            Sure, let’s use this shitty excuse for his lack of development.

          • Alex

            Yeah, JOJO touches the ball millions of times. But lets be honest to yourself?! Is Jojo better than Icardi?! You either don’t understand football, or don’t want to you your brain

          • itzPitbull

            Suarez touches the ball millions of times, is he better than Icardi? You either don’t understand football or don’t want to you your brain. I too can grab a random player and use him as an example out of context.

          • Alex

            Lol, JOJO is not a random player. Firstly, he is Icardi’s competition in our team if he stays. Secondly, JOJO is a classic striker that likes to touch the ball. And he is actually pretty decent in it. But he’s no where close to Icardi in terms of effectiveness, positioning, and finishing. You can move on and cheer for Palacio (if any team actually wants him at this point)

          • itzmario

            we dont win with icardi. we are better without him. i dont think you even watch inter games where he’s useless for 90 minutes scores and everyone goes crazy, at that point were already losing 3-1… #icardiFC fans.

          • itzPitbull

            I don’t know man, I haven’t seen JOJO at Appiano in recent times. It must be tough to have competition when it’s not even near you. Icardi has horrific positioning. He has great finishing. That’s why it seems like he has great positioning.

          • Alex

            Lol, you need some common sense. Suarez has Messi and Neymar playing alongside him while having Iniesta’s support from the back. Icardi had unmotivated Perisic, and Mr. Cross Condreva, and a support player that was changed every game (Mario/Banega/Eder).

          • frigo

            Probably, because it’s much easier to score goal inside the box, instead of outside, don’t you think! Name one central forward, who have more goals from outside the box, compared to inside! It’s not central forward’s job to track back, take the ball and create the game, he’s main job is to score goals.

          • itzPitbull

            Hey man, I too can make straw man fallacies!

          • itzmario

            You’re really striking out on your opinions. Narrow minded

        • itzmario

          he touches the ball 10 times per game…….. how does that help us?

          • frigo

            With 24 goals and 8 assists, not bad for a ten times toucher! I’m wondering, why Napoli are so stupid to propose 50 millions plus Gabbiadini for such a bad player, instead of someone like Ansaldi, D’Ambrosio, Kondogbia, etc. with hundreds of touches?!?!

    • itzmario

      lol. youre lost guy.

  • Azzkikr

    lol at blaming Icardi for the “attack being ineffective” when he scored 24 goals and made 8 assists.

    Only an utterly clueless person would say that the “attack was the problem”, when Inter scored 72 goals (only 5 fewer than Rubentus btw) and then at the same time let in a massive 49 goals. The defense was clearly the MUCH bigger issue (as well as Pioli choking in every single big game, because he is a garbage coach).

    72 goals is the most amount of goals Inter have scored since the treble season.(although the number is inflfated by the freak 7-1 and 5-1 wins)

    The attack was surely not great, but a lot of that comes down to clueless coaching for sure. Pioli clearly wanted the team to heavily rely on crosses, which is an idiotic approach to games.

    Defense wins leagues, this year Inter scored an acceptable amount of goals, but let in an unacceptable amount. Its complete lack of understanding to say otherwise.
    In 15/16 we scored only 50 goals, but also concede “only” 38 – 4th place.
    In 14/15 we scored 59, conceded 48 – 8th place.
    In 13/14 we scored 62, conceded 39 – 5th place.
    In 12/13 we scored 55, conceded 57!! – 9th place.

    See any correlation above? 90% of the time defense and thus fewest goals conceded will be the best indication of the league position.

    • itzmario

      if you cant keep possession you cant win games… henceforth, we did not keep possession and we did not win. (by forcing through balls to icardi every opportunity we could…. crossing 8 million times per game to one person in the box.)

      • Azzkikr

        You are talking utter nonsense.

        Icardi makes alot of assists for a player with so-called “restrictive abilities” (lol)… Its not icardi fault that Pioli is a turd of a coach who has no gameplan other than trying to target Icardi in the box. That is on Pioli, NOT Icardi. It makes no sense to blame Icardi for this (especially not when the numbers proves he actually did a good job…), when its obviously a tactical choice.

        As far as possession goes, then Inter did not have significantly lower possession overall than Roma/Rube.

        If not for Icardi, then Inter wouldnt even have finished top 10 this season, that much is certain.

        • itzPitbull

          “If not for Icardi, then Inter wouldnt even have finished top 10 this season, that much is certain.”

          You’re wrong. Just like the last 5 seasons, the reason we haven’t finished below the top 10 is Handanovic. We’ve had seasons where we score a lot less than this one, and we still finish higher than 10th, because of Handanovic. Icardi can go an entire game without scoring, and the reason we don’t lose is because of Handanovic. Inter owes it’s relevancy to this man. You’re delusional for thinking Icardi is responsible for Inter’s top 10 finish.

          As for blaming the coach, perhaps Pioli was an idiot, but Mancini showed it best. Icardi played 400 mins less and had 8 goals less, and guess what position Inter ended in? FOURTH. He’s not as vital as you worshipers make him be. This is Inter FC, not Icardi FC.

          • Azzkikr

            Yes we ended 4th because the defense worked much better under Mancini than under shitty Pioli, like i already said.

            Icardis contribution was no less important under Mancini. What it relevant is his goal contribution relative to the total number of goals scored in the team.

            24/72 = 33% (44% when counting assists)
            16/50 = 32% (40% when counting assists)

            So considering Icardi played 400+ minutes less last season, than this season, he was actually even MORE influencial last season than this one.

            When a player directly contributes to over 40% of the collective amount of goals scored in a team, thes its obviously idiotic to blame him for the faults of the offensive aspects of the team. You wont find find many players who contributes to more of the total amount of goals in a team than Icardi does (even Messi is lower).

            Perhaps you think Eder and Palacio could have done better…

          • itzPitbull

            Palacio can’t do better because of biology and genetics (aging, my slow friend, that’s what i’m talking about). If Icardi had 10% of Palacio’s footballing IQ he would be of great quality. Eder? Eder is great! He opens up so much space, he brings the ball up. Hell, why not? I prefer Eder. We’ll never know how we would do because no one has benched Icardi. All we know of Inter has been with Icardi up top. How do you know the team won’t score more goals without Icardi if we’ve never seen it? Yes, you could ask the same question to me as well, BUT what I do see is a team that, WHEN it brings up the ball, it has no options in the last 1/3 of the field, because it’s options are either A.) Lob-pass the ball to Icardi and hope he gets it. B.) Go to the wings and cross the ball and hope he gets it. C.) Pass the ball backwards, because he won’t come back and bring the ball back up. Of course, you’ll say, “that’s not his style, he’s more of a poacher’. Ah, there’s the rub. We know he’s a one-dimensional forward (aka poacher). That’s why, he’ll score double-digit goals, but he’ll never add more quality to this team, because Inter doesn’t need a one dimensional player yet. Great forwards score goals and bring something else. Did you ever see Milito just hugging the opposing backline and never tracking back? What about Eto’o? Can’t compare him to legends? Why not? You guys are saying he carries the team like they did? Stop riding Icardi so hard, he’s an okay forward that scores, but he’s not what Inter needs. It’s been 3 years already and nothing has happened. He hasn’t developed his first touch. He can’t dribble for his life (0.4 dribbles per game this season). Averages 1.8 bad touches per game. So while he scores 24 goals, he could potentially score 30 or more, if he had other dimensions to his play.

          • frigo

            Do you have problems with reading and understanding? Our problem wasn’t attack, as Azzkikr said we scored almost as champion Juventus did!!! Our problem was the defense, when you concede almost 50 goals, only thing you could expect is to be a mid table team. It doesn’t matter if Icardi or anybody else will be our center forward, because we just concede to many goals and let the opponent to create too many chances! By the way your beloved Palacio and Eder had never scored 20+ goals in a season in their lives, probably even in their junior days, something that hatred Icardi did in two of his last three seasons in Inter with teammates like Jonathan, Mudingayi, Kuzmanovic, Dodo, Guarin, etc.

          • itzPitbull

            I’m so happy Icardi scored so many goals, let’s enjoy next season’s UCL.

          • Bellal Amerkhail

            I remember inter fans comparing icardi to lewandowski LOL

          • itzPitbull

            Palacio (when we bought him) and Eder are 10 times better than icardi. They don’t disappear during games as frequent as our golden poacher. I’ve seen many inter games where Icardi is nowhere to be seen. It’s so easy to defend icardi. One dimensional players aren’t hard to decipher. Eder and Palacio (when bought) were nightmares for defenders.

          • itzmario

            its hard to win when you play down a man

          • itzmario

            we did better when icardi wasnt playing. his involvement per 90 minutes is minimal. how can you start a player and he touches the ball 15 times per game? thats useless.

        • itzmario

          keep living in your fantasy world and support icardi fc instead of inter.

    • Dhana

      In 2017/2018 we will be rank 3rd

  • Boudou

    So Mario Gagliano found the culprit, the reason why we sucked guys lol.. It’s because of Icardi, our top goalscorer and the only player we have, along with Perisic, that has real market value.

    ” Our attack was the problem. We scored goals, but for the most part we were ineffective and it forced an unnecessary amount of pressure on our defense through counters and inability to retain possession and kill off games we were leading in. We played better without Icardi on the field.”
    I agree he’s done some dumb stuff and he’s not captain material maybe, but blaming him for our shitty defense is laughable. What about Candreva constantly crossing to nobody instead of retaining possession for example ??

    • Søren

      Exactly! Plus, a lot of the shaming towards Mauro is due to things from the past. That’s just not fair. Maybe he’s not the ideal captain, but saying he doesn’t even deserve the jersey is just BS.

      • itzmario

        he doesnt deserve to be captain. spalletti doesnt think so either. felipe melo even said it… icardi is not the right fit for inter.

        • Boudou

          I dont think he should be captain either.. But thats far fetched from saying he doesnt deserve this shirt when he’s arguably our best player.

          • Bellal Amerkhail

            I would say Perisic or Handanovic are our best player

          • Søren

            Icardi is a player who determine the matches. Handa is great! But has a rotten defense in front of him. Regarding Perisic; yes, he is good.. when he wants to be, which is sadly not much.

        • Søren

          Like I stated: He is not ideal captain material. BUT! He is surely a good fit based on goals and assist. His attitude has also developed a lot! He is more mature AND he seems to actually care – unlike many other players you could rightfully deem unworthy.
          I also believe that Felipe Melo said the same: Not a rightful captain, but surely an important figure on the pitch.

          • itzmario

            i dont think hes a good fit for many reasons.
            he has a bad attitude. he threatened the fans. wanda held him hostage in a contract renewal.
            and at the end of the season, as captain he was “too injured to play the final two games” but was able to travel with argentina… what kind of shit is that. thats fucking bullshit.

    • itzmario

      if you cant keep possession you cant win games… henceforth, we did not keep possession and we did not win. (by forcing through balls to icardi every opportunity we could…. crossing 8 million times per game to one person in the box.)s

      • Boudou

        But how is that his fault ?
        I believe the coaches are to blame for this honestly. FDB and then Pioli seemed happy to see Candreva make 8 millions blind crosses every game, even when he had 3 opponent in front of him…

      • frigo

        Do you understand the difference between trough ball and crossing? Where did you saw trough balls to Icardi last season? I haven’t remember good trough ball to Icardi since good Kovacic days! You can win in two ways, by scoring more goals than your opponent or by stong defense and scoring only once or twice! Possession is only one element of the game, it’s not the most important thing! There’s examples of many teams with lower possession, winning titles like Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund.

        • itzmario

          Do you not watch games? Icardi makes the same run every attack. The through ball is played 96% of the time lol…………….

          You’re idea of possession is skewed tremendously.

          • itzPitbull

            He doesn’t watch games, he watches stats! Come on! Get with the times! This is like baseball, where only the stats matter!

          • Bellal Amerkhail

            “the last good through pass was from Kovacic” hahahahahahahahahaha

        • itzPitbull

          Mate, I recommend you watch a bit more games more often. Aside from inter games.

  • Ali

    Definitely a season to forget and learn from as well