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Helenio Herrera: Underrated Moderniser

Helenio Herrera is regarded as one of the greatest managers in football history, but his name is also frequently tarnished by a perceived link to the most unfashionable system: catenaccio. The word catenaccio has come to mean something more than that which it originally described: negative, cynical, overly-defensive. It is used by many as a convenient insult to throw at Italian teams, even when their play has nothing to do with the tactic. Owing to his success at Inter in the 1960s, Herrera is often referred to as the man behind the system. (more…)

Internazionale 1-4 Fiorentina: Interconnectivity And Inside Forwards

Last Sunday’s Serie A top-of-the-table clash between Inter Milan and Fiorentina was billed as ‘beauty and the beast’. Inter represented the beast with Roberto Mancini’s predilection for midfield bulwarks, physical strength and tight one-goal victories, while Paulo Sousa’s Fiorentina brought beauty in the form of high-tempo, fluid passing football. (more…)

Classic Calcio Analysis: Internazionale Vs. Palermo, 2010/11

We continue our Classic Calcio analysis with Thanos Chelas taking a look at the 2011 Coppa Italia final between Internazionale and Palermo. (more…)

Internazionale 1-0 AC Milan: Congested Inter Win A Tight Derby

The first Derby della Madonnina of the 2015/16 Serie A season offered up a riveting, close contest that was only decided in Inter’s favour by a Fredy Guarin strike in the 58th minute. Both teams decided to line up in a variation of the 4-3-1-2 system with diamond midfields. Inter have been using this system since the end of last season, while Milan only began using it at the start of this campaign under the stewardship of new head coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic. (more…)

Classic Calcio Analysis: Internazionale Vs. Udinese, 2009/10

In our first Classic Calcio Analysis, Thanos Chelas takes a look at Internazionale’s home league clash with Udinese in 2009. In what would turn out to be a historic season, Inter were looking to return to winning ways after defeat away to Sampdoria. (more…)

2015/16 Scudetto Race: Internazionale

The return of Roberto Mancini as Internazionale coach last November was seen as the first step towards restoring the grand old club’s dignity as they, like city rivals AC Milan, struggled to break free of mid-table mediocrity in Serie A. Since Jose Mourinho’s departure, Inter have finished second, sixth, ninth, fifth and eighth, finding Champions League football elusive and a title challenge nigh on impossible to mount. (more…)

The Kovacic Quandary

Versatility is a lauded trait within the fluid landscape of modern football. The ability to perform while rotating between multiple different positions increases the worth of the individual to the team, with defiance of specialism seen as a signal of multi-faceted talent. In this sense, versatility is a gift, though for some it is also a curse. (more…)