Needless to say, after the first two games, it has been a bit deflating.
I have to admit watching the lead against Torino slip away was disheartening, but that doesn’t mean I was joining a few Interista calling for Luciano Spalletti’s head after the game.
Understandably, there is some frustration with Inter fans about how the first two games of the season have gone. We haven’t seen any production out of our captain, Mauro Icardi. The defense has seemed a lot less strong than last season and I still have an issue with Samir Handanovic’s position on Torino’s game-tying goal last weekend.
But, I find myself pumping the brakes a bit on my disenchantment over Inter’s play thus far.
We made a lot of top-quality moves in the off-season, but I am not sure it is proper to expect Earth-shaking, immediate impact.
Consider that we signed Stefan De Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah, Matteo Politano, Sime Vrsaljko, Lautaro Martinez, Keita Balde and Radja Nainggolan in the off-season. That’s seven quality players that would be starting for just about any team with the exception of Juventus, in Serie A. To integrate those players with the likes of Icardi, Milan Skriniar, Joao Miranda and Ivan Perisic doesn’t necessarily happen overnight.
Now, I would agree that the payoff of our strong mercato needs to happen sooner rather than later, but two games does not a season make.
Yes, it sucks that after two matches, we are in 11th place in the league while teams like SPAL, and Empoli are ahead of us, but we need to remember that it’s two matches. Ten matches in and we’re in the same spot … then break out the torches and pitchforks, but two matches it … not just yet.
We haven’t had Nainggolan healthy yet while both Politano and Asamoah have been bright spots.
I know … we have Champions League to consider as well and questions are that if we can’t take care of teams like Sassuolo and Torino, how can we expect to have any success in Europe? Valid point, but like we saw last season, how you start isn’t necessarily how you finish.
Last season, Inter started the season on a 16-game unbeaten streak and we all had our chests puffed out like we already had the Scudetto in hand. But, a miserable winter left us struggling until the last match to even crack the top four.
Yes, we have to reverse our current short-term trend and, yes, it should happen in short order.
But, the optimist in me things that it will. Our lineup is potentially too good for it not to.
But, of course, I could be wrong.
What do you think? Post your comments below!