The coach of Inter Milan, Roberto Mancini, and his men should be able to take the fact that they were shooed off from Europa League as they defeated by Wolfsburg on Thursday (19/3) night. Mancini confessed this was perfectly justified.
Following the 2-1 win of Wolfsburg, all hopes and dreams of getting into Champions League have been totally erased. The game gave the German outfit a 5-2 win on aggregate. As an addition, with the Nerazzurri lost eight points away from the Europa League spots in Serie A, it is quite clear that their season is over.
The host team nearly opened the scoring within the first four minutes as Hermanes rattled a shot towards goal which was well saved by Inter Milan’s goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio. The first goal was made in 23rd minute as Kevin de Bruyne’s cross from the left to Daniel Caliguiri, whose shot got a touch from the Inter keeper but still went into the net.
Hermanes showed his skill by coming closer to volley a goal for Inter in the 68th minute by taking advantage from a light angle. The Nerazzuri still needed two more goals to force extra time, but all hope was extinguished in the 89th minute when Nicklas Bendtner came across with a half-volley from the edge of the box to seal the tie for Wolfsburg.
There are 11 games to go in the league and it is almost unavoidable that motivation for Mancini’s men have slipped away with no conceivable goal in sight. Mancini realized that many things about the team should be evaluated and corrected for the sake of their future.
The rest of the players have a lot to prove and consequently they need to show their worth and silence the critics between now and the end of the season.
It is not a secret anymore that Mancini wanting to strengthen as well as sell some of his players this summer and that the team has a very good core. Names like Samir Handanovic, Mateo Kovacic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mauro Icardi will be the key components of next year’s season of Inter MIlan. Talking about the team’s future, being disciplined and taking the right approach is the best way forward. Any player who is unable to do this will deal with transfer window, which means that they will help the club to fill up its financial fair play monitored coffers.
However, they have to take the reality that there are no more excuses. There is nothing to play anymore and there is no pressure.