I haven't be this excited for the beginning of a new Serie A season in a very long time. Possibly because Inter finally has a competitive team or because I can't wait to see Banega in action with the black and blue shirt on and De Boer on the bench giving his instructions to the team. I sure hope that after many years of being headed in the wrong direction Inter will be able to start a new successful course. That's what the team and the loyal fans deserve.
i must admit that along with the excitement, I also have a lot of fear for this new season. Many things can go wrong and if 24 years of supporting this team have taught me anything, they sure as hell will. New coach, new owners, the Icardi drama, the full-backs situation: these are some of the things that could make this 16/17 campaign a real nightmare for us Interisti.
Without further ado, let's talk about tomorrow's clash.
Of course we want to dominate games as much as possible, that's for sure. We always have a lot of respect for our opponent but we want to try to always dominate and hopefully create a lot of chances.
This is what Frank de Boer had to say about his approach to games at the eve of his Serie A debut. He wants to dominate. He wants his team to force the opposition to play where he wants them to play. This may be a really short, but accurate, summary of his philosophy as a coach and it also shows the type of mentality he is trying to spread to his new squad.
Another keyword in De Boer's pre-match press conference was confidence. He has confidence in his new players, even though he had just a week and half to get to know them. He is confident that this first match will be a good one. He is confident that Ranocchia is a talented defender and that he will be able to show what he is capable of this season. I know that it's always easier being confident when things are new, but listening him speak with such poise and calmness made me confident that Inter have nothing to fear for the upcoming season too.
FdB also said that both Candreva and Medel are still not ready to play the full 90 minutes and has yet to decide whether they will start the match or they will be subbed in midway through it. Ranocchia, instead, will be on the pitch from the very first minute in place of the disqualified Murillo alongside our minister of defense Miranda. This will be Andrea's first start in 299 days and it will be particularly important to avoid being beset by anxiety in what could be a redemption match for him and prove that all the things de Boer said about him are true. FdB will probably be forced to play with a 4-3-3 formation, with Medel as defensive midfielder and Banega and Kondogbia at his sides. Eder and Perisic instead should have the winger role locked, even though we could see Candreva start the match in a position that suits him better than the Brazilian-born forward.
There isn't much to say about Chievo Verona. They basically kept the same squad and they also have the same coach, so they will play the same defensive minded football while also trying to find the right moment to hit the opposition with a quick counter-attack. The Gialloblu are a really solid side and it will be very interesting to see what type of approach or new coach will have with this kind of sides, which are very different from the ones he had to face in the Eredivisie.
Projected Starting XIs
Chievo (4-3-1-2): Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Gamberini, Cesar, Gobbi; Castro Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Meggiorini, Inglese;
Inter (4-3-3): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Ranocchia, Nagatomo; Banega, Medel, Kondogbia, Eder, Icardi, Perisic;
How to Watch
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