Prospective Inter fans in the United States will not have been impressed with what they say today. Inter took on Bayern Munich in Charlotte and the German champions eviscerated Roberto Mancini's side in the first half and just cruised through the second. At this point Mancini is probably desperate to return to Europe where he can meet up with the rest of his squad and especially his creative players.
The half started in a manner that has become pretty expected so far this preseason: the opposition having the ball and Inter pegged back. Perhaps realizing the strength of Bayern's wingers Mancini opted not to start Biabiany and instead with with Yuto Nagatomo and Ansaldi as the wide midfielders in order to help cope. It didn't work. The beatdown began in the 7th minute when David Alaba sent in a cross that Julian Green was able to tap home after Ranocchia dropped his run. Bayern's lead was doubled in the 13th minute when Benko got to the byline sent in a cutback that Frank Ribery was able to collect and score from.
The first half continued in this way with Bayern dominating the ball. When Inter could get the ball Geoffrey Kondogbia and the wide midfielders would not get forward so Stevan Jovetic and Rodrigo Palacio couldn't do anything. With Bayern ripping Inter's right flank open time after time Mancini switched up the formation into what amounted to be a 352 with D'Ambrosio, Nagatomo, and Ansaldi all on the right side to stop the bleeding. It didn't help. While that did stem the tide from that route, Bayern found other ways to score. In the 30th minute D'Ambrosio missed a header which allowed Ribery to play in Julian Green on the counter and he beat Handanovic to make it 0-3. Things would get worse for Inter before the halftime whistle was blown when Vidal played in Rafinha and he crossed to Green to give the young American his hat trick and Bayern their forth goal of the half.
The second half saw Caner Erkin withdrawn for Daniel Bessa, one of the few players in this squad who might hope to give the midfield some quality. Hint: It didn't work. For a reason I do not understand Mancini had Melo as the most advanced midfielder for most of the half rather than Bessa. Despite Inter not improving Bayern did not seem particularly in the mood to widen the scoreline and they settled on the ball and pretty much just passed the ball around until the clock ran out. In the 72nd minute Mauro Icardi returned to the field for the first time since his "shoulder injury" and he looked fairly sharp out there though he lacked the service to really make anything happen besides harassing the Bayern defenders until extra time. David Alaba played a poor backpass and Icardi latched onto it, strode down the field and slotted home to give Inter fans something to smile about.
While any Inter fan would have admitted before this match that Bayern is a better team than Inter, this was still embarrassing. If the point of this summer tour was to pick up new Inter fans they did not do a good job. Let's hope things get better once the rest of the squad joins Mancini.