The ‘Then vs Now’ Syndrome

The ‘Then vs Now’ Syndrome
December 8, 2014 15:34
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After yesterday’s defeat, it’s pretty obvious that we are lacking the “Quality” in the players… the “Grinta”… The Inter Soul… it was a busy night yesterday from analysis of the situation to player ratings that came all within the margin of 4 and 5.5… which sums up the situation pretty good… I decided to take a look at each player now and then at that position… I’m not even getting the Treble team in comparison… I’m geting the same team Mancini had 7 years ago.



2008 –> Julio Cesar with Francesco Toldo as his substitution… Julio Cesar at his best… when he was considered one of the best 3 goalkeepers in the world.

2014 –> Samir Handanovic with Juan Carrizo as his substitution… tho Samir is pretty good, no one till now dared to rate him from the best 5 goalkeepers in the world.


2008 –> Christian Chivu, Marco Materazzi, Javier Zanetti, Douglas Maicon, Ivan Cordoba, Maxwell and Walter Samuel… we had 7 high class defenders fighting for four places… and 3 of them are performing on champions league football till now. with Nicolas Burdisso and Nelson Rivas as rarely used substitutes

2014 –> Andrea Rannocchia, Yuto Nagatomo, Jonathan, Marco Andreolli, Nemanja Vidic, Danilo D’ambrosio, Hugo Campagnaro, Juan Jesus, Dodo. Mbaye… I see a bunch of ‘players’ that even can’t get a call for their national team, repetitive mistakes,  and a dreadful display for years now.


2008 –> Esteban Cambiasso, Patrick Vieira, Dejan Stankovic, Luis Figo, Luis Jimenez, Cesar, Solari & Olivier Dacourt Fighting for 4 spots also… top class players… with Bolzoni, Maniche and Pele as substitutes

2014 –> Mateo Kovacic, Fredy Guarin, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Gary Medel, Joel Obi, Rene Krhin, Hernanes & M’Vila, the situation differs here between talented and very young, useless, stubborn, and loanee flops… It’s so unfair.


2008 –> Ibrahimovic, Hernan Crespo & David Suazo… with Julio Cruz and Mario Balotelli their substitutions… Creativity at it’s finest, Bravery and speed… with two crucial and sharp subs.

2014 –> Osvaldo, Palacio, Icardi and Bonazzoli… another ‘decent’ loanee flop… dead man walking… and two boys.

The Coach is the same… with two assisstant managers in Villas Boas and Mihailovic… The team was simply attracting talents and big names… by the look at the team nowadays… we have … nothing compared to that so mediocre year in Inter’s History.

By Marwan Salama


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