The coach, like his predecessors Spalletti, Mancini, Mazzarri, Stramaccioni, Ranieri and Leonardo, has already been beaten by the Friulians: in 2022/23 the external knockout was a very hard blow
Simone Inzaghi knows that the game against Udinese can be a trap for Inter for at least three reasons: 1) He knows the value of the opponent and the anger he carries over the last draw against Verona (3-3), and about a non-draw good ranking; 2) Although he has shown important signs of maturity recently against the small to medium-sized teams, he never fully trusts when his team faces an inferior opponent; 3) knows the negative tradition that the Nerazzurri have towards the Bianconeri. Especially before and after the Christmas holidays.
Christmas without presents
Inter fans still remember December 16, 2017: Icardi and his teammates were at the top of the table and challenged the Bianconeri in a festive San Siro, accompanied by a Christmas carol that the entire stadium sang. It was supposed to be a festive afternoon and instead ended with Oddo's men winning over Spalletti (3-1). From that moment the crisis began, which, however, thanks also to the victory in the second leg in Udine (4-0), did not prevent them from conquering fourth place and returning to the Champions League after six years of waiting. Flipping through the pages of Inter history, we come to December 7, 2014, when Roberto Mancini recently returned to the bench to replace Walter Mazzarri.
Udinese won 2-1 at the Meazza with goals from a certain Bruno Fernandes (at United from 2020) and Thereau. Mancio's dreams of a comeback were drastically reduced. Who was on the Udinese bench? Andrea Stramaccioni, who did not achieve good results in games with the Bianconeri during his time at Inter. On January 6, 2013, the day of Epiphany, Stramas Nerazzurri lost against Friuli (0-3) thanks to Di Natale's brace and Muriel's goal, but the second defeat was also very hard, on the last day there was a 2-5 defeat at the San Siro Defeat. which removed the last doubts about Stramaccioni's confirmation. In his place, Moratti, who was on the verge of handing over the majority to Thohir, wanted Mazzarri, and he too respected the negative tradition against Udinese… at Christmas and around that time: January 9, 2014, Inter defeated in Friuli with Maicosuel's goal . However, Leonardo also has a negative memory of the games against the Friulians, who lost 3-1 on January 23, 2011 (first disappointment as Inter coach), and against Ranieri, who lost with Isla's goal at the Meazza on December 3, 2011 was beaten 0-1.
Beyond the past, however, Inzaghi remembers above all what happened a year ago, more precisely September 18, 2022, when his men were defeated by Sottil's men 3-1: Barella was ahead after 5 minutes, the Nerazzurri went thanks to Skriniar's men with an own goal and shots from Bijol and Arslan. Third defeat in seven days for a team that suffered twelve defeats at the end of the season and finished -18 points behind Italian champions Napoli. Given the more or less current precedents, Simone knows full well that distracting herself will be forbidden tomorrow night. Even more so since Christmas is just around the corner…
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