Inter fell once again at a European hurdle on Tuesday night in losing to Werder Bremen in the Champions League.
Of course this was no major problem for Jose Mourinho's side: they had, of course, already qualified for the next stage.
Yet it is the case that they will now be placed into pot two of seeds for the next round, meaning that group winners, rather than runners-up, will comprise their potential opponents.
This is a worrying development for a Nerazzurri side eager to break their European duck, and given that former coach Roberto Mancini was castigated for his failure to do so last season the future could be bleak for the current side.
On the other hand it may be the case that Inter bring their domestic form onto the continental stage after the New Year.
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