Italian journalist Paolo Condo believes Inter could not have lost in the derby at a worse time in their season.
Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Rome’s La Repubblica newspaper, Condo highlighted how the Nerazzurri suffered their second Serie A defeat of the season as they head for their longest fixture streak. tricky so far.
Inter entered the derby hoping they could get off to a good start for a series of encounters that could be decisive in their quest for silverware in all the competitions they enter.
Instead, the Nerazzurri squandered a lead to allow their city rivals to take all three points and regain their footing in title contention.
Now Inter face Roma in the Coppa Italia, the Scudetto rival Napoli in Serie A and then Liverpool in the Champions League, and they do so with the potential loss of confidence from the loss to the Rossoneri.
Condo thinks it could be significant, writing that “Inter’s second defeat is easy to interpret as the first was. If the loss to Lazio was due to naivety, the derby’s was born out of presumption.
He clarifies that “The Nerazzurri thought the game was under their control and almost over, forgetting that Milan had the weapons to tear up the script in an instant.”
“These are the classic mistakes that, once made, should almost guarantee they won’t happen again,” he continues. “It happened in the first defeat, it took four months before the second defeat finally arrived, and in the meantime Inter have unanimously achieved the status of the best team in the league.”
“It’s trickier,” he warns, “however, because it kicks off a week of play-offs: tomorrow against Roma in the Coppa Italia, Saturday in Naples, Wednesday against Liverpool.”
“The bitter fruits of the derby lie in the fact that Inzaghi now has to navigate a potential minefield,” explains the journalist, “because even if it has been known for some time that the calendar has given Inter a tough winter ascent and a gentler spring descent, the psychological blow of the loss cannot be overlooked.