Winners and Losers from Inter Milan's International Champions Cup Campaign
Inter Milan could not quite reach the final of the International Champions Cup, but they can be pleased at their overall display in the competition.
Draws over 90 minutes against Real Madrid and Manchester United resulted in a win against the Spanish side on penalties and a loss against the Red Devils via the same method, before a convincing 2-0 win over Roma capped a solid campaign.
Inter were not quite at full strength, with several top players rested following the World Cup, so there are a number of positives that can be taken from the ICC and just a few negatives.
Here are the winners and losers from the Nerazzurri's three matches.
Winner: Walter Mazzarri
Inter coach Walter Mazzarri seems to be settling into his role nicely as he heads into his second year in charge of the Nerazzurri.
With a limited pre-season squad to work with, he was forced to experiment somewhat with his formation as his side took on some of Europe's powerhouse clubs, but that did not result in shabby performances.
The team looked defensively solid throughout, in fact, conceding few clear-cut chances over the three games.
Mazzarri will certainly be looking to improve on last season's fifth-place finish when the Serie A campaign gets underway.
Loser: Ruben Botta
It may be a bit harsh to single out the young Argentine, but Ruben Botta did not do enough to stake his claim for a place in Inter's starting XI once the season proper gets underway.
Nor did any of the other attacking players aside from the promising Mauro Icardi, for that matter, in the absence of returning World Cup stars such as Rodrigo Palacio and Ricky Alvarez and the sparing use of Fredy Guarin.
Icardi often looked dangerous when he got a touch of the ball, but he was not given enough service by those behind him. As support striker, Botta needed to show more spark in attack to help out his target man.
In terms of creating chances, Inter should be much-improved when their squad is fully assembled.
Winner: Juan Pablo Carrizo
After seemingly blowing his chances of a successful European career with an unconvincing stint at Lazio, Juan Pablo Carrizo may finally have reached the maturity level to make an impression on the old continent.
Given playing time in each game, the former River Plate goalkeeper was superb between the sticks for the Nerazzurri, making a number of key saves and providing heroics in the penalty shootout against Real Madrid.
His form was good enough to put him at the forefront of Mazzarri's mind when it comes to goalkeeping selections in 2014-15.
Given the chance to start in each game, new signing Dodo often appeared to be trying too hard to impress his new employers.
Though he had a few positive moments in attack, the left-back also made too many mistakes, giving away possession and getting caught out of position on a number of occasions.
He also nearly lost his cool in Internazionale's opening game against Madrid, before he was subbed off in the second half.
The 22-year-old Brazilian could become a valuable asset to the Milan side, but he may take some time to adapt to his new setting.
Winner: Nemanja Vidic
After taking some time to settle in Inter's opening game, Nemanja Vidic grew into his role as a defensive linchpin as the tournament progressed.
Not only was he a commanding presence at the back, but he also distributed the ball well when Inter were in possession and chipped in with a goal against Roma.
The former Manchester United man should form a formidable defensive wall along with the ever-improving club captain Andrea Ranocchia in the season to come.
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