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|At this rate, Luciano Spalletti might want to contemplate learning the piano, http://www.officialwinnipegjetsstore.com/authentic-27-nikolaj-ehlers-jersey.html helping a homeless man and declaring his love for Andie MacDowell. Milan is a long way from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but http://www.chiefsnflofficialprostore.com/REGGIE-RAGLAND-JERSEY-CHEAP.html on the weekend that Americans celebrated Groundhog Day, the Inter manager appeared to be trapped in a time loop akin to the one that Bill Murray found himself in during http://www.officialastroshop.com/Jose_Cruz_Jr_Jersey the 1993 movie by that name.
The Nerazzurri just keep on drawing. They have done so five times in a row, and Denzelle Good Jersey the last four of those by the exact same 1-1 scoreline. Even the order of the goals is becoming familiar. Against Fiorentina, Spal and now Crotone, Inter have taken the lead only to concede an equaliser in the second half.
In fairness, that is a slight improvement on the run of three losses they Kawann Short Youth jersey endured at the end of 2017. In total, Inter have gone 10 games without a victory over 90 minutes. Their sole triumph of the last two months came on penalties in the Coppa Italia, against second-tier Pordenone.
How does this happen to a side who had been soaring? Inter were top and touted as title contenders when they thrashed Chievo 5-0 at the start of December. They have not scored more than once in any fixture since. Rarely, indeed, have they threatened to.
Saturday was indicative. Inter scored with their first attempt on target against Crotone, Éder’s header deflecting up off Davide Faraoni and over Alex Cordaz. But rather than put their 17th-placed opponents to the sword, Spalletti’s team settled into a slow rhythm, and were punished when Andrea Barberis equalised on the hour.
Crotone, whose performances have been improving under Walter Zenga, deserve credit. This was their first-ever point at San Siro, earned with a starting XI featuring 10 Italians, and only one of those – the goalkeeper – over 27. A midfield trio of Barberis (24), Rolando Mandragora (20) and Womens Pavel Zacha Jersey Ahmed Benali (25) more than held their own against Matías Vecino, Borja Valero and Marcelo Brozovic.
It was a conflicting experience for Inter fans, who retain deep affection for Zenga. There were banners in the Curva Nord hailing him as “one of us” and he bounced along with supporters briefly during a rendition of “Chi non salta Rossonero è” (Anyone not jumping is a Milan fan”).
“An act of exuberance that does not offend anyone,” reflected Zenga when asked about it. “I was a kid who sat in the Curva, too … I had already come here with Catania and Palermo, and the fans always greet me as though I stopped playing a year ago even though it’s actually much longer. I’m convinced that supporters appreciate people who work hard and give everything for the shirt.”
Those words were not intended as a dig at this current Inter team, but there is a feeling among supporters that some of the current squad could do more. It would be hard to argue that Inter lack the talent to perform better when they had already done so through the first 15 games.
Spalletti refused to throw anyone under the bus, insisting: “There are no players who don’t care, if the level is not what it ought to be then that is my fault.” It is true this team can appear to lack a tactical solution beyond whipping yet more crosses towards a lone striker.