Forgotten Inter Milan Finding Stability
Serie A By: Okanga Okanga | 04/02/2017
The story of FC Internazionale is akin to that told of Egypt in the time of Joseph. According to the good book, the Egyptians experienced seven years of boom and thanks to the vision of Joseph were able to save for the seven years of famine that followed. Inter enjoyed similar years of boom under the management of Antonio Mancini and then Jose Mourinho between 2006 and 2010. They won the Calcio every single year over that period and crowned the glory with the treble under the present Manchester United manager. What followed that unprecedented success has been nearly 7 years of gloom and doom. Inter have fallen very far from the green pastures and not even the injection of substantial funds from foreign investors and the appointment of promising manager Frank De Boer in place of the returned Mancini last summer ever threatened to revive the Nerazzurri. De Boer was sacked at the start of November after just 4 wins in 11 games. Some may feel that the Dutchman was not afforded enough time to blend his team of talented players into a unit.
Stefano Pioli was appointed in his stead and the former Lazio manager appears to have quickly realised that he wasn't going to get too much time to forge his magic. The Italian has set about delivering results like a courier. 7 Serie A games have yielded 7 wins. Last Saturday's 3-0 win over Pescara pushed Pioli's side up 4th place with an increasing belief in a first Champions League appearance in 5 years. RELATED: Derby D'Italia: Inter Finally On Their Way To Matching Juve? Up next is a daunting trip to Turin to face champions Juventus. Inter won the first leg of the derby d'Italia contest 2-1 at the San Siro. Their chances may not be that great this time but the bottom line is not even in beating Juventus but in showing real consistency no matter the outcome of that game. Their first leg victory was not built on as they lost 3 of the following 5. Such an after-capitulation is what they must avoid. Things can change really fast in football but at least the blue heart of Milan is pumping blood again and everyone on that half of Milan would hope the new trend is truly the end of 7 years of famine.