Inter Milan

Moratti Already Vindicated with Mazzarri Hiring for Inter Milan

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 14:  Head coach FC Inter Milan Walter Mazzarri during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at San Siro Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIISeptember 14, 2013

Inter were in a state of flux last season and the Nerazzurri finally experienced the lowest point of a transitional season since the Champions League winning side.

Having finished ninth last season—a truly unacceptable position for a club of Inter's stature—Massimo Moratti was left with some big decisions to make.

Talk of a takeover of the club has gathered pace, with a Chinese consortium rivalling Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir's bid for the Nerazzurri, according to Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia).

The other decision to be made was who should lead this new era at the San Siro, as Andrea Stramaccioni, despite a plethora of injuries to contend with, failed to impress in his first full season in charge.

Walter Mazzarri's time in charge of Napoli was winding down, and Moratti seized the opportunity to persuade the Livornese manager to front a new generation at Inter.

There was some sympathy for Stramaccioni—a young manager who has high potential after guiding the Primavera to victory in the NextGen Series youth tournament—but the president has already been vindicated in one of his last decisions in control at the club.

Mazzarri's Inter had started with two impressive victories against Genoa and Catania, which naturally raised hopes that a Champions League berth might not be beyond them.

A test against Juve was always going to measure the strength of Mazzarri's troops, and the results were very positive.

Having taken the lead through Mauro Icardi, Juve quickly levelled the score with an Arturo Vidal strike which ensured the sides shared the spoils.

The fact that there was disappointment tinged around the mixed zone when the Nerazzurri staff gathered around the media was a superb sign that this newly formed Inter are well ahead of schedule.

Vidal's goal was actually the first goal that Inter have conceded this season, a major characteristic that demonstrates the stark contrast between the side now and five months ago.

Stramaccioni's defence included an Andrea Ranocchia that exhibited fear and nervousness whenever he stepped onto the pitch, but that same player has completely changed under Mazzarri.

Ranocchia is now reading the game much better and moving in tandem with Juan Jesus and Hugo Campagnaro—dropping off whenever one of his defensive team mates attempts to win the ball and bringing the ball out from the back with greater composure.

If the defence has completed its transition to Mazzarri's methods, the attack is gradually moving towards that stunning counter-attacking front line that was prevalent at Napoli over the past three years.

Rodrigo Palacio is now becoming the protagonist of Inter's attack while Diego Milito has been out injured and Icardi begins to fulfil his potential.

The former Genoa star is so adaptable to the different tactics that Mazzarri deploys, depending on the opponent.

Palacio can drift to the wings and trigger a counter-attack, or combine in close spaces in and around the penalty area when Inter assume control in matches.

The pieces are falling into place as each week passes, and while Inter have a long road to travel before, they can taste the glory days under Jose Mourinho, that much is clear.

Moratti may have made one of the best decisions of all his 18-year reign as president as Mazzarri builds a new Nerazzurri era.

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