Inter are on the verge of a real crisis after what was revealed about the team in their thorough 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League yesterday evening.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who argue that yesterday evening’s reversal was, despite the relatively modest scoreline, a very stark illustration of how far the Nerazzurri are off of where they want to be.

Inter had went into yesterday evening’s match with some hope of securing a result against one of Europe’s elite to quickly put painful losses to Lazio and AC Milan in the league behind them and prove that they can raise their performance levels against even top-class opposition.

Instead, the Gazzetta argue, the Nerazzurri looked like “sparring partners” for the German champions, who never really got out of second or third gear but comfortably saw off the moments where Inter raised their energy levels to look competitive before striking clinically when they had their chances.

Now, the Nerazzurri will enter a phase of difficult self-reflection as they cannot hide the weaknesses that were exposed against Bayern, and the sense is increasingly that if they cannot take the needed step forward that they will be in a real crisis.