Walter Mazzarri began his time as Inter manager with a 3-0 victory over Trentino Select XI. Rodrigo Palacio, Alessandro Capello and Ricky Alvarez got the goals after new signing Ishak Belfodil’s two missed penalties meant his debut didn’t go as he might have planned.
The Algerian made amends in the Nerazzurri’s next game against Vicenza, netting his first goal for the club in a victory which again saw them score three.
The following game saw Inter record a third consecutive victory – this time 2-0 – against third-tier side FeralpiSalò. However, their subsequent Guinness International Champions Cup campaign in America was less successful, losing 2-0 to Chelsea and 4-0 to Valencia before a narrow penalty triumph against Juventus.
Inter 2-0 Genoa
A solid win was the result that Mazzarri achieved in his first Serie A match in charge of Inter. The opening goal came after a deflected Jonathan cross fell to Yuto Nagatomo at the back post, where the Japanese defender was able to put in his header unchallenged.
The second came from Palacio, whose clever dart in behind the Genoa defensive line and poacher’s finish secured the win. New signing Mauro Icardi featured for a promising half an hour, and the overall impression was of an Inter side rarely troubled, with Genoa’s main goal threat Alberto Gilardino not having his best day.
Mazzari on seeing his team get the result he was looking for: “Let’s not forget that this side didn’t win at home for four and a half months, and a lot of those results were defeats. They had to get rid of the state of mind in which they thought they would concede from the first counter-attack. I knew that Genoa would be sitting back, waiting to counter, so I had to instill belief in my men.”
Esteban Cambiasso on the importance of a clean sheet: “It’s very important to win without conceding. We have to be patient, because you can often get caught on the break against teams who come here to sit back and defend. The team is maturing, but we’re just getting started and there are a lot of things to learn in order to get better. We didn’t play as well as I think we’re capable of, so we need to do better on that.”
Catania 0-3 Inter
Palacio continued his excellent goalscoring form with another strike in another confident display from the Nerazzurri. It was the Argentine who finished it, but it was made possible by some brilliant work on the right wing by Jonathan.
Goalscorer then turned provider when Palacio launched a driven cross towards Nagatomo, who headed home to get on the scoresheet for the second game in a row.
The third goal was outstanding: Alvarez used his pace to evade the whole of the right side of Catania’s formation and slotted into the bottom corner to crown a comfortable win.
With Mazzarri’s 3-5-1-1 formation seemingly working wonders, Inter now sit in second place in the league table behind his old side Napoli.
The Inter manager speaking after the win: “I’m happy but we still need to improve: we can sometimes still be naive on the ball and we have to be more clinical because we wasted lots of chances. We need to get better if we want to be up there at the top.”
Goalscorer Alvarez giving his view on the result: “It’s a very important win for us. Winning here isn’t easy, and we’re happy with the way that we did it, playing good football and scoring when we had to. We treat all our opponents with respect and we fight for victory: that’s the spirit that we need to have because that’s modern football.”