I have officially taken the reigns of the club replacing Mancini. Below you will find a few screenshots from our pre season.
I am very pleased with the coaching staff at the club, has you can see below we have the best coaching team in Italy.
We have a strong core of Italian scouts who I will be analysing over the coming months of the season.
First Team Squad On Taking Over
One concern is that we have 5 players who are on loan to us, however there are clauses in their contracts that allows us to buy them anytime during the loan period.
This season’s expectations have been set, the board expects us to qualify for the Europa League and bring European football back to Milan after Roberto Mancini’s squad failed last season.
We have brought 3 players in to the club, first to join was 22 year old Chilean defender Enzo Rocco who we purchased from Espanyol for £4.3m . I have moved for Rocco because he can play in a number of roles in our back line including the Sweeper position in our La Grande Inter formation. Rocco is a good strong centre back who I believe will be a vital addition to our squad. We then moved to get 19 year old Serbian winger Andrija Zivkovic a player I am familiar with. Zivkovic cost us £2m and will go in to our first team squad straight away. Head Of Youth Development Roberto Samaden negotiated a deal of 210k rising to 650k including add ons with Cesena to sign 17 year old winger Nicola Dalmonte. The chance then presented it self for us to sign German striker Miroslav Klose from Lazio for around £1.5m, I contacted my good friend and fellow gaffer Saadiq Bey who I know managed Klose on his Spurs save to see what he said about the veteran German. Saadiq said he was a good professional who he liked a lot to the point that he gave him a coaching contract after his contract ended.. My idea was that Klose would make a top quality back up and tutor one or two of our players. I had a bid accepted around the £1.5m mark and offered him a contract, however Chelsea made an 11th hour move for him . Klose then negotiated a contract with the London club and joined them.
Tactical Set Up
I have used this set up many times whilst with Fiorentina to good effect, this will be my starting tactic for the season ahead. Our squad fits in to this system with ease.
Inspired by Antonio Conte I will use this system against the big sides, it offers a nice compact system defensively along with quick transitions in to attack. The width is created by the full backs who push high up the pitch when in possession.
la grande Inter
A touch of nostalgia here in trying to recreate the la grande Inter tactic of Helenio Herrera from the 60’s. I will be attempting to get this system working throughout the season.
RFC Tournai (Away) Won 9-0
Our first pre season game took us to Belgian 3rd division side RFC Tournai I used the grande Inter tactic for this game. As the score suggest’s we totally controlled this game winning 9-0. It’s difficult to analyse how the tactic played out against a side much inferior to ours.
US.Sassuolo (Away) Won 2-0
A good 2-0 win for a rotated side using the 4-3-3 formation on loan Eder netted both our goals.
Olympique Lyon (Away) Won 2-1
Two first half Icardi goals was enough to seal a very good 2-1 win against a strong Lyon side. We used the 4-3-3 formation.
Olympique Marsielle (Home) Drawn 1-1
A Mauro Icardi equaliser earned us a 1-1 draw using the 4-3-3 formation.
Galatasaray (Away) Drawn 1-1
Another 1-1 draw with the goal coming from Biabiany. 4-3-3 formation used again.
U.D Melilla (Away) Won 3-1
A comfortable 3-1 win courtesy of Icardi, Ljajic and Alex Telles
Inter Youth (The Futures Bright )
Here you can see the talent we have coming through our ranks.
Head Of Youth Development
The pressure is on Roberto Samaden to ensure the development of our youth, we have a talented bunch in our ranks. I am really wanting the club to produce player’s who can make the step in to our first team.
We are ready for the season opener against Bologna, we need to get off to a good start as we look to get back in to European competition next season. I want us to introduce at least 1 player from our development squads in to the first team squad each season, like at Fiorentina when I took charge there is a lack of Italian players around the club, something over time I would like to address.