Inter Milan 2011-2012

Inter blew it this season. Three head coaches. Mid-table finish. No Champions League next season. No challenge for the Scudetto. No defending the Coppa Italia. Premature exit from Champions League. Utterly horrid and despicable. The best and most noteworthy thing we had from this season was a complete Milan shutout, winning both derbies in league. I am actually very excited and happy about that fact, but we must accept the other facts as well, to which I now turn.

Here’s what we have to show for this season:

Goals:

Alvarez: 3
Cambiasso: 5
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 3
Milito: 26
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Obi: 1
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 5
Zarate: 3
Goals for: 71
Goals Against: 69

Goal difference of +2. Terrible. We just couldn’t keep a clean sheet, and we were shut down offensively far too often.

Milito did really well with 26 goals this season. Sneijder completely underperformed, but it didn’t help that he was injury prone all season. Pazzini lacked effectiveness along with Cambiaso. Forlan has been an utter failure for the team. Julio Cesar, well, it’s an understatement to say that he had a bad season.

Sixth place?

No Champions League top scorers?

At least Milito has something to show for it.

So, we were outperformed and we largely under-delivered. Fantastic season. And now we have a lack of motivation for next season as we won’t be in Champions League, yet we are expected to rebuild and sign major players? Good luck. There won’t be any major players who want to come to Inter until things turn around, and that, my friends, is not going to be next season.

Let’s look at last season:

  • Eto’o: 34 goals
  • For: 106
  • Against: 71
  • Difference: +35

We only allowed 2 more goals this season, but we didn’t score as much. Eto’o’s presence was sorely missed. Without him, our offense was bereft of ideas. Milito was good, but he alone could not hold up the offense.

Well, this season was plainly disgusting. Here’s to hoping next season will be better, but the realist inside tells me it won’t. That’s okay, I’ll be watching the games anyway, and I know things will eventually turn around—our time will come again.

Forza Inter!

Inter Milan 1-3 Lazio

Fox Soccer Match Trax

Well, we lost 3-1 away to Lazio. We scored first via a Milito PK in the first half, but Lazio came out guns blazing in the second half to take us down.

Goals:

Alvarez: 3
Cambiasso: 5
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 3
Milito: 26
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Obi: 1
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 5
Zarate: 3
Goals for: 71
Goals Against: 69

Inter Milan 4-2 AC Milan

Inter match report

El Principe and company simply owned Milan today, and not just today, but this season, as they won both league encounters with a 5-2 aggregate. Awesome work today by the Nerazzurri; they were very impressive, very organized, very strong, and very energetic. Milito scored first to give Inter the 1-nil lead. Lucio scored second from an offside position, so it was disallowed. Cambiaso scored next, but the referee didn’t see it, so it wasn’t awarded. The ref then handed Milan a goal on a silver platter by awarding a PK for a Cesar tackle that wasn’t even a foul. The half ended 1-1. Milan scored within seconds of starting the second half, but the resolute Inter, lead by Milito, earned two more PKs to take the lead, giving Milito his hat trick along the way. Maicon later put the nail in the coffin with a sweet strike–a missile is a more appropriate description–to the far post upper left V.

The city of Milan continues to be painted in black and blue as Inter dominate Milan in both encounters! Inter reigns supreme in Milan!

Forza Inter!

Goals:

Alvarez: 3
Cambiasso: 5
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 3
Milito: 25
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Obi: 1
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 5
Zarate: 3
Goals for: 70
Goals Against: 66

Inter Milan 2-1 Siena

Milito earned a brace, giving Inter the win over Siena today. 3 Points or Bust! Finally back to a positive goal difference, too!

Goals:

Alvarez: 2
Cambiasso: 5
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 2
Milito: 22
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 2
Zarate: 2
Goals for: 60
Goals Against: 59

Inter 2-2 Cagliari

Inter sit with 45 points in Serie A after drawing away with Cagliari. Cagliari struck first, but Milito equalized before Cagliari could get their second. Cambiasso tied it up, and that’s how the game ended.

On the up side, Milito, our leading scorer this season, has reached 20 goals.

Goals:

Alvarez: 2
Cambiasso: 5
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 2
Milito: 20
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 2
Zarate: 2
Goals for: 58
Goals Against: 58

Inter Milan 5-4 Genoa

Inter won 5-2 against Genoa at the San Siro today. Milito earned a hat trick; Samuel scored on a low cross; and Zarate scored a nice curler to the right far post. Cesar got a red card, but both teams ultimately went down to 10 men. Highly entertaining stuff! Forza Inter!

Goals:

Alvarez: 2
Cambiasso: 4
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 2
Milito: 19
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 3
Sneijder: 2
Zarate: 2
Goals for: 56
Goals Against: 56

Inter Milan 2-1 Olympique Marseille

Unfortunately, despite yesterday’s win at home 2-1 against Marseille, we do not get to move on to the next round. Marseille earned the valuable away goal, which breaks the tie. Milito scored off of a frantic scramble. Then Marseille scored off of a lucky back-trap. Pazzini earned a PK and converted it. But the away goal was too much. Sad times.

Goals:

Alvarez: 2
Cambiasso: 4
Castaignos: 1
Coutinho: 1
Faraoni: 1
Forlan: 2
Lucio: 2
Maicon: 2
Milito: 16
Motta: 3
Nagatomo: 2
Pazzini: 8
Poli: 1
Ranocchia: 1
Samuel: 2
Sneijder: 2
Zarate: 1
Goals for: 51
Goals Against: 50