Inter lost their season opener to Palermo today in a trepidatious match. Milito scored first, in what I believe was a bit of luck. Palermo found an equalizer at the start of the second half. A couple of minutes later, Milito capitalized on a spot kick, regaining the lead for Inter. A couple of minutes later, Palermo equalized again. Towards the end of the second half, Palermo took the lead with a free kick with five minutes left in regulation. A couple of minutes later, Palermo sealed the win with a fourth goal with but three minutes left in regulation. Forlan would score his first goal for the Nerazzurri in Serie A with three minutes left in injury time, but Inter could not find a fourth goal to equalize.
As anyone can see, the second half started and finished with a great deal of drama.
What is confusing is Sneijder’s bench start. What was Gasperini thinking? Zarate looked most unimpressive. At least utilize one of the world’s best midfielders from the start!
I do not like this formation with three defenders in the back. Palermo dominated the game, and they were successful at keeping us in our own box for a lot of the game because we lacked numbers and width when we got possession in our back third. It was most frustrating. Clearly it doesn’t work. We need four wide in the back and the wingers to help out.
Our main problem last year was goal difference. Guess what, between the Italian Supercup and today’s game, we are already have a negative goal difference. Things are not improving, and with this insufficient back line formation, it may continually get worse.
While this start was not ideal to the season, it was an away game. Here’s to hoping things will shape up. And soon.