The incredibly short period of time from the untouchable position to the unwelcome men questioned. It is what happened to Marcelo Brozović and Geoffrey Kondogbia, after a change in the coach that left Frank de Boer in charge.
Both have been punished by the former Ajax boss: the Croatian for disciplinary reasons; the Frenchman because too stubborn in not wanting to abandon a style of play not well adapted to the ideas of the Dutch coach. Both have tasted the stick, but Sunday at 15:00CET against Cagliari, it may be time to prove themselves.
De Boer will give a new chance to the pair, but they will need to demonstrate that they have learned their lesson. Their position within the club remains in the balance; Inter would like to see outgoings in the January transfer window, and Kondogbia and Brozovic names are on the list.