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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

ROME, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Even by the standards of fans who have grown used to the taste of victory being dashed from their lips, Inter Milan's form this season must seem like a bad joke.

They are unbeaten in Serie A after 15 games but have drawn 12 of those matches and have only 21 points in what is their worst start since the 2000-01 season.

Seventeen points behind leaders Juventus, Inter's hopes of winning their first Serie A title since 1989 are already in tatters despite being in fifth place.

'We're a long way from the top teams. Until we can put together a series of eight, nine, 10 consecutive wins it's pointless to even look at the table,'said coach Roberto Mancini.

Everyone has a theory about what's wrong at the Italian giant.


Bologna coach Carlo Mazzone, who has nearly 40 years experience coaching in Italy's top flight, playfully suggested that Inter might be jinxed in the run-up to his team's 2-2 draw with them last month.

'Inter have had just about every kind of coach: big ones, little ones, coaches with experience, young coaches, bald guys and guys with hair. Maybe there really is some sort of curse on them,' he said.

Mancini's predecessor on the Inter bench, Alberto Zaccheroni, blamed a lack of continuity.
'Inter must change less and start believing in a project,' he said. 'In today's football, nothing is left to chance and only by planning for the long-term can you get results.'

In Siena, though, Inter's usual shortcomings were painfully obvious.

Poor marking on a free kick allowed Tore Andre Flo to head Siena into a 2-1 lead three minutes from the end of normal time, only for Christian Vieri to snatch a point for Inter with a goal in stoppage time.

Inter's vulnerability on set pieces had already cost them soft goals in draws with Parma, AS Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina and Bologna.
While their attack is the most prolific in the division with 32 goals, a defensive record of 24 conceded is the same as 18th-placed Parma.

After the weekend's result, Inter president Massimo Moratti reaffirmed his confidence in Mancini.
'Mancini has my faith because he deserves it. You can't attribute the defensive errors seen at Siena to him,' he said.

What is certain, however, is that Inter's performances are taking the edge off Mancini's reputation as the golden boy of Italian football. A training ground bust-up with striker Alvaro Recoba last week was the first sign of discord within the squad.

'We want this year to be over -- as soon as possible,' Mancini said on Sunday as he looked forward to the New Year.

The bad news for Inter fans, however, is that instead of improving, their team has become increasingly unsure of itself in Serie A.

Five times in the first nine games of the season, Inter drew after holding a winning position, while in four of their last six matches they have been forced to come from behind to salvage a point.

The question is no longer whether Inter can win the Serie A title, but rather how much longer Mancini can ride his luck before becoming the 11th ex-Inter coach of Moratti's presidency.
 

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Hahhaha....Jack did you write the article?
 

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No it was Santa Clause
 

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You mean you dressed as Santa Claus?
 

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Whomever wrote it, wrote a beautifully poignant piece!:stuckup:

I specially liked this part:
Inter have had just about every kind of coach: big ones, little ones, coaches with experience, young coaches, bald guys and guys with hair. Maybe there really is some sort of curse on them,' he said. :lala::D

Seriously, how long does Mancini need to solve things and stop being the X-Men artists?:stress: I'm dissapointed in Mancio.:wth: I had such high hopes in him...:sob:

Cheers.;)
 
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