Inter - Salernitana (16 Feb 24) [4-0]

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I mean these are all predictions, I will judge after A.Madrid's game, but for me, this aint too bad.
Start:
Sommer; Bisseck, de Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Carlos Augusto; Thuram, Lautaro.
Early subs after early 2-0 lead:
Sommer; Bisseck, de Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Frattesi, Asllani, Mkhitaryan(Depends if Frattesi is avaliable or not) , Carlos Augusto; Sanchez, Arna.

If we want to be a bit riskier at this team
Start:
Sommer; Bisseck, de Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Asllani, Mkhitaryan, Carlos Augusto; Sanchez, Arna.

but we might risk seeing like last time, we need to sub Lautaro in and hope he can score in a short period of time.
 

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Latest probabili has this:


Which amounts to rest for Dimarco and Darmian (or Dumfries taking back his starting spot, depending on how you look at it).... and nothing else.... against the solidified worst team in Serie A, needing 2 wins with their direct rivals doing nothing for two rounds to even get 18th place (that's how bad they are).... AT HOME.... with a Champions League knockout match against one of the proved toughest and grittiest teams in all of football history waiting to rough us around for 90 minutes.

We're on a roll, most everyone agrees that most everything is going wonderfully, and Inzaghi can do little to no wrong, but I will keep banging this drum:

That sort of lineup, if proven true, is not acceptable. Even if it gets the job done, which it would, but that's not the point.

We might not have the deepest bench in the world, but we're currently 7 points ahead in the league with 1 game in hand, and you choose to basically just rest your wingbacks against the worst team in the league by a mile with no pressure in a filled Meazza. Why?

Why aren't you playing your talented, technical German defender who has proved on multiple occasions that he doesn't at all look out of place, especially against inferior opposition, in a match where you imagine he'll have plenty of opportunities to bomb forward, instead of once again playing your world cup-winning defender who had a two-month-long injury a hot second ago?

Why aren't you playing the promising deep-lying playmaker that your club paid 1 million for every Serie A match he'd played up until that point, of whom you've said you have total trust in, instead of risking one of the best players in the world at this moment?

Why aren't you giving rest to the crucial 35-year-old midfield cog, who has the most minutes played in total next to your goalkeeper, deputizing him with either the former Netherlands national player Klaassen or even Sensi, which would at least in theory give you even more ball possession?

Why are you starting your world-class duo of starting strikers for the sixth time in a row against a defense that has conceded the second-most goals in the league, likely to start two players in Manolas and Boateng who have never played together? The second-most expensive player ever bought over the age of 34 in Arnautovic can't get an opportunity, and neither can Sanchez who basically turned the Supercoppa final against Napoli on its head by himself.

Frattesi not starting, just coming back from injury, I can understand, but the real problem with that is the fact that he literally has two starts in the league, one of them being while two of our starting midfielders were suspended, leaving Inzaghi no choice. The player bought for the highest sum of last summer in Serie A, a starter with three goals in the two latest matches for the Italian national team and scoring three in two for Italy, is at most an afterthought in this squad.

And so the pattern continues. The only ones spared are the wingbacks, with August getting his game time, and even then Inzaghi preferred running Darmian into the ground than playing Buchanan (which is less criticizeable, though) when Dumfries hasn't been completely ready.

The only time we rotate it's these complete overhauls, like in Benfica, where instead of rotating small pieces of the puzzles, Inzaghi decided to throw synergy totally out of the window, resulting in us being down three after the first half. When he seldom rotates, it almost seems like statements more than actual opportunities for his starting players to get rest or for other players to show their worth in more than time-wasting cameos or in critical moments where we actually need them to instantly provide something (for reference, look at Carboni's playing time last season, and when he got played - if you do, prepare to be shocked and appalled).

Now, you can say that Inzaghi is being proven right now, but we're still in a hellish schedule that feels like it will seemingly never end, with 8 games in 30 days, including matches against Atalanta, Napoli, all-firing Bologna away, one of only three teams to draw with us in Genoa and of course the all-crucial ties against Atletico. We all want the second star, but how short-sighted can you really be? Are you really telling me that we can't afford to not start our starting lineup all the time until we've secured the title? I have a hard time imagining that could lead to competitiveness on two fronts, but maybe Inzaghi is so hard-set on the Scudetto that CHL isn't on his mind when picking teams for the league.

Now, I said this before the Lazio-match, and then we went on to win the Supercoppa, but I still don't think I'm wrong in pointing this out. Just to reiterate; last-placed Salernitana. At home. 7 points ahead. A game in hand. With Simeone's Atletico coming up. And we'll rotate 1 (or 2 players, depending on how you look at it). If rotation doesn't happen now, will it ever?

We have overall been incredibly spared by injuries and fatigue, but logic dictates that you can't continue at this breakneck pace with seemingly little regard to rest and restitution, and things will keep on being rosy. At some point, you have to imagine the levee will break, and who can imagine where we'll be because of a big injury or muscle fatigue at critical stages to, say, Lautaro, Calha, Basto, or even Mkhi. It's a hypothetical, sure, but if that turns out to happen, no one can say that Inzaghi even tried to put his team in a position where the risk of that happening was mitigated in any sort of way whatsoever.
Even if an injury doesn't happen, it's still beyond appalling man-management of your squad - can we really say that we haven't tanked the value of someone like Frattesi by playing him very, very little, for instance? Will Asllani ever turn into something valuable for us if all he gets is 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there as substitute appearences?

This is assuming that the probable formation will turn out to be correct, but the reports, the closer we get, all went from "major rotation" to "some rotation" to "little to no rotation" to this. Also, Sky, who report the same as GdS, have been spot on most of the time.

Now, don't get me wrong; this Inter-team, led by and molded by Inzaghi, is wonderful. Most of what he does is wonderful, but I can't wrap my head around these sorts of dispositions, and frankly I don't think there are many logical arguments for it - even if we are winning and some people, like in this thread, will literally want Inzaghi to play to win, in their mind meaning play his strongest team any time, every time, all the time, like this is a video game.

Now I'll look like a giant fool when Stabile starts in defence and Ebenezer whatever is in attack, but untill then, I will hammer home this point, that 1) starting that lineup against Salernitana is a mistake and 2) we will pay for not rotating at some point later in the season, even if we'll win the Scudetto and 3) we have the squad for that to not be a problem.
Did you just write a PhD dissertation based on some random prediction? 🤣

You can ask 10 journalists and 10 FIF members to come up with any random week’s starting line up, and you’ll get at least 7 unique guesses.

Thank God, Simone has an actual coach’s degree, unlike the aforementioned 20.
 

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Latest probabili has this:


Which amounts to rest for Dimarco and Darmian (or Dumfries taking back his starting spot, depending on how you look at it).... and nothing else.... against the solidified worst team in Serie A, needing 2 wins with their direct rivals doing nothing for two rounds to even get 18th place (that's how bad they are).... AT HOME.... with a Champions League knockout match against one of the proved toughest and grittiest teams in all of football history waiting to rough us around for 90 minutes.

We're on a roll, most everyone agrees that most everything is going wonderfully, and Inzaghi can do little to no wrong, but I will keep banging this drum:

That sort of lineup, if proven true, is not acceptable. Even if it gets the job done, which it would, but that's not the point.

We might not have the deepest bench in the world, but we're currently 7 points ahead in the league with 1 game in hand, and you choose to basically just rest your wingbacks against the worst team in the league by a mile with no pressure in a filled Meazza. Why?

Why aren't you playing your talented, technical German defender who has proved on multiple occasions that he doesn't at all look out of place, especially against inferior opposition, in a match where you imagine he'll have plenty of opportunities to bomb forward, instead of once again playing your world cup-winning defender who had a two-month-long injury a hot second ago?

Why aren't you playing the promising deep-lying playmaker that your club paid 1 million for every Serie A match he'd played up until that point, of whom you've said you have total trust in, instead of risking one of the best players in the world at this moment?

Why aren't you giving rest to the crucial 35-year-old midfield cog, who has the most minutes played in total next to your goalkeeper, deputizing him with either the former Netherlands national player Klaassen or even Sensi, which would at least in theory give you even more ball possession?

Why are you starting your world-class duo of starting strikers for the sixth time in a row against a defense that has conceded the second-most goals in the league, likely to start two players in Manolas and Boateng who have never played together? The second-most expensive player ever bought over the age of 34 in Arnautovic can't get an opportunity, and neither can Sanchez who basically turned the Supercoppa final against Napoli on its head by himself.

Frattesi not starting, just coming back from injury, I can understand, but the real problem with that is the fact that he literally has two starts in the league, one of them being while two of our starting midfielders were suspended, leaving Inzaghi no choice. The player bought for the highest sum of last summer in Serie A, a starter with three goals in the two latest matches for the Italian national team and scoring three in two for Italy, is at most an afterthought in this squad.

And so the pattern continues. The only ones spared are the wingbacks, with August getting his game time, and even then Inzaghi preferred running Darmian into the ground than playing Buchanan (which is less criticizeable, though) when Dumfries hasn't been completely ready.

The only time we rotate it's these complete overhauls, like in Benfica, where instead of rotating small pieces of the puzzles, Inzaghi decided to throw synergy totally out of the window, resulting in us being down three after the first half. When he seldom rotates, it almost seems like statements more than actual opportunities for his starting players to get rest or for other players to show their worth in more than time-wasting cameos or in critical moments where we actually need them to instantly provide something (for reference, look at Carboni's playing time last season, and when he got played - if you do, prepare to be shocked and appalled).

Now, you can say that Inzaghi is being proven right now, but we're still in a hellish schedule that feels like it will seemingly never end, with 8 games in 30 days, including matches against Atalanta, Napoli, all-firing Bologna away, one of only three teams to draw with us in Genoa and of course the all-crucial ties against Atletico. We all want the second star, but how short-sighted can you really be? Are you really telling me that we can't afford to not start our starting lineup all the time until we've secured the title? I have a hard time imagining that could lead to competitiveness on two fronts, but maybe Inzaghi is so hard-set on the Scudetto that CHL isn't on his mind when picking teams for the league.

Now, I said this before the Lazio-match, and then we went on to win the Supercoppa, but I still don't think I'm wrong in pointing this out. Just to reiterate; last-placed Salernitana. At home. 7 points ahead. A game in hand. With Simeone's Atletico coming up. And we'll rotate 1 (or 2 players, depending on how you look at it). If rotation doesn't happen now, will it ever?

We have overall been incredibly spared by injuries and fatigue, but logic dictates that you can't continue at this breakneck pace with seemingly little regard to rest and restitution, and things will keep on being rosy. At some point, you have to imagine the levee will break, and who can imagine where we'll be because of a big injury or muscle fatigue at critical stages to, say, Lautaro, Calha, Basto, or even Mkhi. It's a hypothetical, sure, but if that turns out to happen, no one can say that Inzaghi even tried to put his team in a position where the risk of that happening was mitigated in any sort of way whatsoever.
Even if an injury doesn't happen, it's still beyond appalling man-management of your squad - can we really say that we haven't tanked the value of someone like Frattesi by playing him very, very little, for instance? Will Asllani ever turn into something valuable for us if all he gets is 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there as substitute appearences?

This is assuming that the probable formation will turn out to be correct, but the reports, the closer we get, all went from "major rotation" to "some rotation" to "little to no rotation" to this. Also, Sky, who report the same as GdS, have been spot on most of the time.

Now, don't get me wrong; this Inter-team, led by and molded by Inzaghi, is wonderful. Most of what he does is wonderful, but I can't wrap my head around these sorts of dispositions, and frankly I don't think there are many logical arguments for it - even if we are winning and some people, like in this thread, will literally want Inzaghi to play to win, in their mind meaning play his strongest team any time, every time, all the time, like this is a video game.

Now I'll look like a giant fool when Stabile starts in defence and Ebenezer whatever is in attack, but untill then, I will hammer home this point, that 1) starting that lineup against Salernitana is a mistake and 2) we will pay for not rotating at some point later in the season, even if we'll win the Scudetto and 3) we have the squad for that to not be a problem.
Agreed fully.

You said it though, Limone is so scared of fumbling the bagetto (again) that he’s taking zero risks - even at the expense of jeopardizing all those things you mentioned such as player’s development or market value, or our progress in other competitions.

I hate it too but at the end of the day there’ll be no agreement between the “end justifies the means” crowd vs those who argue a more balanced approach is achievable.
 

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Agreed fully.

You said it though, Limone is so scared of fumbling the bagetto (again) that he’s taking zero risks - even at the expense of jeopardizing all those things you mentioned such as player’s development or market value, or our progress in other competitions.

I hate it too but at the end of the day there’ll be no agreement between the “end justifies the means” crowd vs those who argue a more balanced approach is achievable.
He just does not want to miss out another Scudetto. Understandable.
 

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He could easily play Bisseck. Bisseck played full minutes against Lazio and Lecce, I think he can manage at least 60 minutes against Salernitana.
 

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Early subs after early 2-0 lead:
Our early subs are always around minute 70. If we cannot beat the worst serie A team with half of our bench, we deserve nothing.
I'd start
Sommer - Bisseck - SDV - Bastoni - Augusto - Asllani - Barella - Klaassen - Dumbfries - Lautaro and Arna.

If the game goes our way, take out at some point Barella, Basto, Dumbfries and Lautaro.
 

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Latest probabili has this:


Which amounts to rest for Dimarco and Darmian (or Dumfries taking back his starting spot, depending on how you look at it).... and nothing else.... against the solidified worst team in Serie A, needing 2 wins with their direct rivals doing nothing for two rounds to even get 18th place (that's how bad they are).... AT HOME.... with a Champions League knockout match against one of the proved toughest and grittiest teams in all of football history waiting to rough us around for 90 minutes.

We're on a roll, most everyone agrees that most everything is going wonderfully, and Inzaghi can do little to no wrong, but I will keep banging this drum:

That sort of lineup, if proven true, is not acceptable. Even if it gets the job done, which it would, but that's not the point.

We might not have the deepest bench in the world, but we're currently 7 points ahead in the league with 1 game in hand, and you choose to basically just rest your wingbacks against the worst team in the league by a mile with no pressure in a filled Meazza. Why?

Why aren't you playing your talented, technical German defender who has proved on multiple occasions that he doesn't at all look out of place, especially against inferior opposition, in a match where you imagine he'll have plenty of opportunities to bomb forward, instead of once again playing your world cup-winning defender who had a two-month-long injury a hot second ago?

Why aren't you playing the promising deep-lying playmaker that your club paid 1 million for every Serie A match he'd played up until that point, of whom you've said you have total trust in, instead of risking one of the best players in the world at this moment?

Why aren't you giving rest to the crucial 35-year-old midfield cog, who has the most minutes played in total next to your goalkeeper, deputizing him with either the former Netherlands national player Klaassen or even Sensi, which would at least in theory give you even more ball possession?

Why are you starting your world-class duo of starting strikers for the sixth time in a row against a defense that has conceded the second-most goals in the league, likely to start two players in Manolas and Boateng who have never played together? The second-most expensive player ever bought over the age of 34 in Arnautovic can't get an opportunity, and neither can Sanchez who basically turned the Supercoppa final against Napoli on its head by himself.

Frattesi not starting, just coming back from injury, I can understand, but the real problem with that is the fact that he literally has two starts in the league, one of them being while two of our starting midfielders were suspended, leaving Inzaghi no choice. The player bought for the highest sum of last summer in Serie A, a starter with three goals in the two latest matches for the Italian national team and scoring three in two for Italy, is at most an afterthought in this squad.

And so the pattern continues. The only ones spared are the wingbacks, with August getting his game time, and even then Inzaghi preferred running Darmian into the ground than playing Buchanan (which is less criticizeable, though) when Dumfries hasn't been completely ready.

The only time we rotate it's these complete overhauls, like in Benfica, where instead of rotating small pieces of the puzzles, Inzaghi decided to throw synergy totally out of the window, resulting in us being down three after the first half. When he seldom rotates, it almost seems like statements more than actual opportunities for his starting players to get rest or for other players to show their worth in more than time-wasting cameos or in critical moments where we actually need them to instantly provide something (for reference, look at Carboni's playing time last season, and when he got played - if you do, prepare to be shocked and appalled).

Now, you can say that Inzaghi is being proven right now, but we're still in a hellish schedule that feels like it will seemingly never end, with 8 games in 30 days, including matches against Atalanta, Napoli, all-firing Bologna away, one of only three teams to draw with us in Genoa and of course the all-crucial ties against Atletico. We all want the second star, but how short-sighted can you really be? Are you really telling me that we can't afford to not start our starting lineup all the time until we've secured the title? I have a hard time imagining that could lead to competitiveness on two fronts, but maybe Inzaghi is so hard-set on the Scudetto that CHL isn't on his mind when picking teams for the league.

Now, I said this before the Lazio-match, and then we went on to win the Supercoppa, but I still don't think I'm wrong in pointing this out. Just to reiterate; last-placed Salernitana. At home. 7 points ahead. A game in hand. With Simeone's Atletico coming up. And we'll rotate 1 (or 2 players, depending on how you look at it). If rotation doesn't happen now, will it ever?

We have overall been incredibly spared by injuries and fatigue, but logic dictates that you can't continue at this breakneck pace with seemingly little regard to rest and restitution, and things will keep on being rosy. At some point, you have to imagine the levee will break, and who can imagine where we'll be because of a big injury or muscle fatigue at critical stages to, say, Lautaro, Calha, Basto, or even Mkhi. It's a hypothetical, sure, but if that turns out to happen, no one can say that Inzaghi even tried to put his team in a position where the risk of that happening was mitigated in any sort of way whatsoever.
Even if an injury doesn't happen, it's still beyond appalling man-management of your squad - can we really say that we haven't tanked the value of someone like Frattesi by playing him very, very little, for instance? Will Asllani ever turn into something valuable for us if all he gets is 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there as substitute appearences?

This is assuming that the probable formation will turn out to be correct, but the reports, the closer we get, all went from "major rotation" to "some rotation" to "little to no rotation" to this. Also, Sky, who report the same as GdS, have been spot on most of the time.

Now, don't get me wrong; this Inter-team, led by and molded by Inzaghi, is wonderful. Most of what he does is wonderful, but I can't wrap my head around these sorts of dispositions, and frankly I don't think there are many logical arguments for it - even if we are winning and some people, like in this thread, will literally want Inzaghi to play to win, in their mind meaning play his strongest team any time, every time, all the time, like this is a video game.

Now I'll look like a giant fool when Stabile starts in defence and Ebenezer whatever is in attack, but untill then, I will hammer home this point, that 1) starting that lineup against Salernitana is a mistake and 2) we will pay for not rotating at some point later in the season, even if we'll win the Scudetto and 3) we have the squad for that to not be a problem.
You put more consideration on this writing than what inzaghi would consider. Forza inter
 

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we have a lot of good defenderd and 2-3 decent midfielders on the bench. My only worry is always the forwards. Take one away from the 2 and you already see the diffrence, because Sanchez and Arna are too bad. I woud like to have someone like Dybala. As long he will not start every week he will avoid injurys. I think he would also prefer to be third option for Inter then playing for Roma. Sadly he earns too much i guess.
 

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Our early subs are always around minute 70. If we cannot beat the worst serie A team with half of our bench, we deserve nothing.
I'd start
Sommer - Bisseck - SDV - Bastoni - Augusto - Asllani - Barella - Klaassen - Dumbfries - Lautaro and Arna.

If the game goes our way, take out at some point Barella, Basto, Dumbfries and Lautaro.
We deserve Scudetto and CL Final. Btw, why do you offend Dumfries by modifying his name?
 

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We deserve Scudetto and CL Fnal. Btw., why do you offend Dumfries by modifying his name?
Haha. It was the corrector apparently. Because before I used to call him like that for a while, and the phone memorized it.
 

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I don't know. Bisseck could be an option, starting Klassen is not a solution. If Frattesi is healthy, Miki should rest, but you know Inzaghi. He will play Klassen for the last 10 minutes.

My line up would be Sommer, Bisseck- Pavard-Acerbi-Augusto-Dumfries-Asllani-Miki-Barella-Arna-Thuram.
 

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If the rotation isn't coming here, then I guess it will be against Lecce ahead of the Atalanta game.

I am on board for the full tunnel vision on the scudetto to be fair.
 

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If the rotation isn't coming here, then I guess it will be against Lecce ahead of the Atalanta game.

I am on board for the full tunnel vision on the scudetto to be fair.
You never know, Juve may lose points against Verona. We could be up by 11 or 12 with one less game.

Verona badly needs points to get away from relegation zone.
 
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You never know, Juve may lose points against Verona. We could be up by 12 or 13 with one less game.

Verona badly needs points to get away from relegation zone.
Mmm, if Juve drop points again I'd probably switch focus to Milan, where Pioli's black magic seems to be working at full strength again.
 

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We can’t take any game for granted. This is top division professional football, after all.

Rotation yes, but undermining opponents saying if we can’t beat them then we deserve nothing is not mature.

Juve just lost to Udinese at home last weekend, Bayern lost to Lazio - go back to all the predictions before the match and everyone said easy wins for the bigger teams. I suspect the Juve and Bayern players probably fell into that false sense of security also.

I don’t always agree with Sacchi, but in this instance he’s right: while we’re ahead, we need to press on the accelerator rather than take it easy.
 

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We are playing a new coach new look Salernitana on Friday evening at home with the next match being four days away at home. I don’t think there is much to rest here.

They could surprise us with a new setting so I’d rather take this game seriously from the beginning and rotate towards the end of the game rather than end up being behind resulting into having to gear up the intensity and lose stamina unnecessarily towards the end of the game. We can control the game far better like this and control the load management by ourselves.

I think that you underestimate how well the whole fitness staff is able to handle the fitness levels of the players. We would not play this line up if we weren’t able to do so or if we ran a risk to weaken ourselves before the UCL encounter.
 

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Just win, no injuries and if possible rotate out the starters early in 2nd half. Forza Inter.
 
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