The figures behind the black run experienced by Ranieri's men speak of a very different situation at San Siro compared to just two years ago
By Sergio Chesi
Inter's crisis is no longer a novelty item this season. Defeats to Udinese and CSKA Moscow have only consolidated the sense of emergency that has settled in at Appiano Gentile. We have looked at many different angles in the last few months, from tactics to corporate responsibility, from transfer market decisions to the hybrid of cycles between an experienced squad and a new, youthful one. But in some cases, there is no approach more effective than a statistical one.
The numbers never lie. Here are the most significant figures behind the sporting side of the malaise which has left coach Claudio Ranieri in a thankless position after just 14 games.
||The number of goals scored so far in the league by Mauro Zarate. Clearly an addition of talent, the Argentine has unfortunately failed to fire.
||There is only one side to have scored less goals at home than Inter so far. Cagliari have three at the Sant'Elia to Inter's four San Siro strikes.
||The sending-off against Udinese was only the second of Javier Zanetti's career. Perhaps it was a sign that the captain is seeing red in another sense ...
||The points per game Inter must now gain to reach 70, the number it took to reach third place last term. That's around 17 wins, five draws and four losses.
||The triple. But like many a film trilogy, it saw the end of an era. Inter's new era has not exactly started well.
|Hot seat |
Four coaches have been brought in in 18 months since Mourinho
||The coaches that have sat on the Nerazzurri bench since Jose Mourinho left 18 months ago: Benitez, Leonardo, Gasperini and Ranieri. There is no peace.
||The penalties given against Inter in the first eight games, which had the club raging. "It is a record," they fumed.
||The average rating given to Ricky Alvarez on Goal.com: slow, timid and bewildered, there have been more lows than highs for the Argentine.
||The total number of league goals scored by the entire Inter attack. That compares to the six that midfielder Claudio Marchisio has netted for Juventus.
||The points gained at home out of an available 18. Whereas San Siro was once a fortress, it is becoming fertile land for visiting sides.
|A mistake among many |
Pazzini's miss summed up his whole malaise
||The number of Wesley Sneijder; a misused asset under Gasperini who has become a central - but often absent - figure under Ranieri.
||The number of metres from goal at which Giampaolo Pazzini slipped against Udinese. It summed up his, and Inter's, season.
||The goals scored in all competitions by Diego Milito in the last two seasons. That is equal to his first six months with Genoa, in Serie B in 2004.
||The points that currently separate the Nerazzurri and leaders Juventus. Though they have a game in hand, the gap is stark and likely unassailable.
||The number of balls Julio Cesar and Luca Castellazzi have collected from their net. Only Lecce, Novara, Parma and Catania have worse defensive records.
|Supermarket Nerazzurro |
Balotelli and Eto'o, heavy losses never tempered
||The amount in millions of Euros that Inter requested from Real Madrid in 2010 for the sale of Maicon, who has never since reached his excellent best.
||The age of Lucio and Walter Samuel, the defensive pillars of the Mourinho era who are now worn and failing. Yet still there are no replacements in sight.
||€56 million has been gained over the last two summers from the sales of Mario Balotelli and Samuel Eto'o. Their losses in front of goal have been noticeable.
||Those bought in 2010 and 2011 have come at a total cost of €84m, but there has been no repeat of the silverware that made Inter dominate.
||The year of birth of both Philippe Coutinho and Luc Castaignos. Young talents they may be, but the current burden is a lot for young shoulders.
||Or, more precisely, 3-4-3, which Gasperini tried, adjusted, altered, changed, then tried again. It confused the players, the fans, the board and himself.
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||The total number of minutes played by Diego Forlan before his injury. He is close to a return, and Inter will hope that goals will follow.