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Ref, Mancini & Ibra To Blame For Inter Exit?

Sebastian2010-05-04 22:22:16 +0000 #1
Calcio Debate: Ref, Mancini & Ibra To Blame For Inter Exit?

Wow guys take a look at how well this match analyze is...Still Mancio shouldn've risked with Burdisso and as for Suazo,read your self...

Following Inter’s Champions League elimination last night, Carlo Garganese analyzes the reasons for this latest European disappointment…

It would be cowardly of me to sit here and use tactful words such as “harsh”, “debatable”, or “controversial” to describe the two red cards handed out to Inter in their tie with Liverpool. The blunt truth is that they were absolutely scandalous.

In the first leg at Anfield, Marco Materazzi was red carded after just half-an-hour for two offences that were never befitting of a yellow card. Although Inter had started the game very sluggishly, playing with 10 men obviously altered the match and played a huge role in them losing 2-0.

In the second leg last night, with Inter dominating possession, the referee issued Nicolas Burdisso a second yellow after 50 minutes following a routine coming-together with Lucas Leiva. This decision was so appalling that even the British pundit Andy Gray, on Sky Sports, described it as “shocking”.

Of course one can only speculate whether Inter would have gone through had they not received either red card. What is certain is that they played 100 minutes of the tie with only ten men, while Liverpool scored all three of their goals when they were a player-up.

On the other hand, it is difficult to have too much sympathy for Inter. After all, anyone who has been watching Serie A this season will have lost count long ago the number of favorable calls that have gone their way, the latest of which came on Saturday when a penalty was awarded against Reggina for a foul that was clearly outside the penalty area.

This probably explains why Inter, out of fear of hypocrisy, have not made too much of a fuss about the red cards against Liverpool.


Last night Roberto Mancini only made one good decision. Unfortunately it came after the game when he announced that he would be stepping down as coach at the end of the season.

This may be a harsh assessment considering Inter's domestic dominance, but if ever the tactical deficiencies of Mancio needed highlighting it was during these two games against Liverpool. In the first leg at Anfield, he had a team brimming with confidence, playing against a side whose morale was at rock-bottom having just been humiliated in the FA Cup by Barnsley.

Instead Mancini handed the Merseysiders the initiative by setting his side up defensively. Even before Marco Materazzi’s sending off it was clear that Inter were playing over-cautiously, when they should have been taking the game to their vulnerable opponents. Mancio’s in-game decisions were also very poor. He introduced a completely unfit and out-of-form Patrick Vieira on 55 minutes, while he refused to bring on David Suazo, whose pace would have been very useful on the counter-attack, and would have forced Liverpool to lower their defensive line.

Last night he again made mistakes. It was surely clear before the game that Liverpool were going to come to the San Siro to defend, and try to play on the counter attack. This proved to be true as Rafa Benitez’s men put 10 men behind the ball, allowing Inter a monopoly of possession outside their penalty area.

This type of game was simply made for the guile of Luis Figo, regardless of the fact that he is still not 100 per cent fit. The Inter team just did not have the creativity to open up the Liverpool defence on enough occasions, and the first decision Mancini should have made at half time was to bring on Figo for Dejan Stankovic.

Instead Mancini displayed his tactical limitations by keeping things as they were, Burdisso was sent off, and then things became more difficult. Even then though he had the chance to make a difference, but still he chose to do nothing. Fernando Torres scored on 63 minutes, leaving Inter needing four goals to go through.

Figo was finally summoned from the bench at a point when it was obviously too late, and the veteran reportedly refused to go on, probably in order to make the very valid point that he should have been introduced much earlier.

Mancini eventually made his first substitution of the match on 77 minutes, which really says it all about the coach.


Ibrahimovic’s dreadful performance at Anfield three weeks ago prompted me to ask in my Calcio Debate the following day whether the Swede was a “big game flop”.

I think this question, if it had not already been answered, was rammed home conclusively last night.

Two clear-cut one-one chances spurned horribly, Ibrahimovic yet again failed when it really mattered.

I don’t want to harp on anymore about the Swede, his shortcomings were there for everyone to see, and I invite you to click on the link above if you want to read about his past failings.

What I will add though, is that Inter were relying on Ibrahimovic, their so-called star player, for a big performance last night. The golden chance he missed at 0-0 would have re-opened the tie, but he let his team-mates down.

Down the other end, Fernando Torres had his half chance, and he buried it. That is the difference.

Injuries & Loss Of Form

Injuries also played their part. Inter had to make do without Marco Materazzi, Walter Samuel, Ivan Cordoba and Maxwell last night, which constitutes to three of their backline.

The likes of Patrick Vieira and Luis Figo are still working their way back to fitness following long-term injuries, while a host of other players have had recent fitness problems such as Christian Chivu, Julio Cruz and Ibrahimovic.

What’s more is that Inter have hit a period of indifferent form recently and it has proved costly. It is often said that the club that wins the Champions League, is the team who peaks in the spring. This helps explains why AC Milan have been so successful in recent seasons, they have always (barring this term) hit top gear from February onwards.

Inter were unstoppable before Christmas, but they have noticeably dropped down two or three levels in 2008. This is perhaps best exemplified by Esteban Cambiasso, who was the player of the season in Italy up until the end of January. The past month or so he has looked extremely tired and out of form, and has put in a string of very poor performances.

Credit To Liverpool

Of course credit must go to Liverpool who once again demonstrated their wonderful European pedigree. One thing about 'The Reds', is that once they go ahead in a knockout tie, they are extremely difficult to peg back.

Defensively and strategically they are superb, and much of this is down to their manager, Rafa Benitez, who in my eyes is, tactically, the best coach in world football.

Furthermore, in Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher Liverpool have four top-class or world-class players. With these four forming the core of the team, they are always going to be hard to beat, as Inter found out to their cost.

What are your views on this topic? What were the key reasons for Inter’s exit? Was it the referee, Roberto Mancini, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Should credit go to Liverpool? Are there any other factors, such as bad luck? wants to know what YOU think.

Carlo Garganese

Sebastian2010-05-04 22:26:30 +0000 #2
It is easy to criticize Zlatan,where this guy admits him self that Inter expects too much from him and he just cant concentrate on his natural task,SCORING GOALS....His playmaker abilities should be only a bonus as there should be someone else taking care of that aspect of INter's play...
Sebastian2010-05-04 23:05:07 +0000 #3

I dont know why they always"zoom" Cambiasso after every lost match when his teams suffer...

When Argentina lost important matches the Camera always focused on him...It is not healthy for things to be taken this serious...He is always the most disappointed player after defeats like this...

Man i really like Cambiasso...On the picture Mancio comforts Cambiasso,while it should've been the opposite...
valdanito2010-05-04 23:28:31 +0000 #4
Blame all 3 of them, but start with the red cards not the refs.

I blame red cards for screwing inter, 100 minutes with 10 men, all goals scored during that period.
Gunner2010-05-04 23:14:32 +0000 #5
liverpool were dominating anyway, for the half an hour before materazzi was off liverpool looked likely to score. i think the result would have been the same if not very similar anyway.
Vic2010-05-05 00:10:34 +0000 #6
You can't have players like Stankovic and Vieira in a team that wants to win Champions League.

Inter's problem is still their midfield. It's easy to give the big star shit but cmon...
valdanito2010-05-05 00:39:57 +0000 #7
stankovic is mancinis baby..... He convinced him to join inter while still coaching at lazio because he knew he was going to go to inter. (that illegal by the way) and stankovic hasnt done shit, something that really pleases me.

About Vieira, hes a great player, but his form this season has been awful, not to mention he plagued with injuries
Vic2010-05-04 23:25:45 +0000 #8

Originally Posted by valdanito_10

About Vieira, hes a great player, but his form this season has been awful, not to mention he plagued with injuries

I'd like to say that he WAS a great player but he's over the hill nowdays. He's waaaay to slow to play at this level IMO. The injuries are there cause his body isn't as trained as before and I'm not sure if he has the same motvation as he had when he was at his best.

He's done.



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