T – 6 games and counting. At this point there aren’t many teams with anything to play for. Parma has nothing to play for as they are safe on one end from relegation, but have no chance to make Europe. There is some doubt whether Inter have anything to play for either, but more on that later. Since the last time I wrote one of these things, not much has changed - everyone's head is still on the block.
Who: Inter v
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2013
Time: 12:30 CET Local. 06:30 EST
Place: G. Meazza, Milano
Probable Lineup: 3511
Handanovic; Juan, Silvestre, Ranocchia; Pereira, Kovacic, Benassi, Kuzmanovic, Zanetti; Alvarez, Rocchi
Injured/Suspended: Milito, Palacio, Cassano, Mudinagayi, Castellazzi, Obi, Cambiasso, Nagatomo, Gargano, Stankovic, Guarin, Chivu, Mbaye
There are 13 players in the MASH unit and I think that 7 of them would have been major contributors which make the above question in the opening paragraph a very relevant one. Is Inter playing for something? Is the team using these games to check out talent on the roster? Are they going to use these games as commercials to boost the price of guys that they want to sell?
Technically speaking I should mention, I suppose, that as of right now, Inter is still mathematically alive for a Europa League spot. A win, dare I mention it, would leapfrog Lazio and Udinese who played today but not necessarily Roma depending on the result of their game. If you are curious, Roma would have to win their game to keep their position.
But onto the game. There should be some motivation for the home side. So that’s what I am going to be watching for. I don’t know if the flesh is weak. I don’t really have confidence that the quality is there for Inter to win this, but there should be a willing body.
Probable Lineup: 442
Mirante; Benalouane, Lucarelli, Coda: Rosi, Marchionni, Valdes, Ninis, Gobbi; Amauri, Sansone
Injured/Suspended: Santacroce, Bianbiany, Palladino, Mariga, MacEachen, Paletta
Sansone is a good player and he is the type that causes Inter problems. Parma's defense doesn’t scare me but Donadoni is the type to flood the midfield. And we have problems with the midfield. I am not convinced that Kuzmanovic runs enough, especially for a game against a Donadoni coached team who, all things being equal, likes to use players who are made mostly of lungs to populate his midfield. I think that if Inter wins, it’ll be because they scored when presented with the opportunity, not because