After so many false dawns in Inter’s post-Jose Mourinho world, this summer was the first to have a genuine "Year Zero" feel. While Rafael Benitez, Claudio Ranieri and Andrea Stramaccioni all seemed to be attempting to build on the foundation of that 2010 treble-winning campaign, appointing Walter Mazzarri was a true reset of the club.
Adding to that bright-new-dawn appearance was the takeover completed by Erick Thohir. The Indonesian businessman bought a majority stake in the Nerazzurri. Succeeding long-time president Massimo Moratti was always going to be a difficult task, but the club is certainly changing.
With an aging and incomplete squad, Mazzarri’s first campaign in charge was perhaps always destined to be tumultuous, but at times Inter have surprised many people. The fact they still sit as high as fifth in Serie A means the possibility of a European place is well within their grasp.
However, despite that distinct promise, the coach has made some serious errors in judgment to keep the Nerazzurri from reaching their full potential this season. Over the following pages are his five biggest mistakes since arriving at La Pinetina, ranked in order of their detrimental effect.