Eto’o’s arrival could change Inter’s entire approach

September 1, 2009

It is a bit early to be making judgements on the new Inter Milan (especially after a lacklustre first league game) but the 4-0 thrashing of AC Milan at the weekend suggests the Samuel Eto’o-Zlatan Ibrahimovic swap could completely change their way of playing.

Ibrahimovic, who scored on his Barcelona debut in Monday’s 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon, was everything to Inter. He was the target man, the talisman, the go-to man when a flash of inspiration or a goal was needed.

Inter’s over-reliance on the tall Swede was only exposed in Europe when better defences than in Serie A shut him out and nullified Inter’s occasional long ball approach.

In Saturday’s derby, Inter passed the ball more than I remember them doing under Jose Mourinho last season. Thiago Motta, a midfielder with attacking instincts which they lacked last term, scored a wonderful opening goal following a flurry of quick passes.

Forward Diego Milito, also a new signing from Genoa, then blasted in a penalty. Eto’o had taken the spotkick in the previous weekend’s 1-1 draw with Bari but he was quite happy to share the duties with his strike partner.

Inter suddenly looked like a collective group far more than they had in the four years of Ibra.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, however. Milan were awful and Gennaro Gattuso’s dismissal, after he had asked to come off with an injury but couldn’t because substitute Clarence Seedorf wasn’t ready, summed up their display.

Inter need to prove again and again that they are now more pleasing on the eye, especially in Europe…

PHOTO: Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o celebrates their win at the end of the Italian serie A soccer match against AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan August 29, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo


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I love Inter. I think it’s great seeing an Italian team without an Italian in their starting eleven dominating the Serie-A. Samuel Eto’o is my favourite player and Jose Mourinho is my favourite coach. How can I not support this great team. Go Inter !!

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Once a team start playing good football no matter the players involve i fall for the team . i love inter with respect to the good football i saw last week end . that what football is all about giving the fan lots of joy and entertainment. With Samuel Etoo, Milito and the new sinning inter turn to be the strongest and most feared team in the world.

Posted by Evan Shu | Report as abusive

I wonder if Eto’o is the missing piece for Mourinho finally to mount a Champions League challenge with Inter. Certainly this sounds a step in the right direction. And oddly, I think the Ibrahimovic deal might work out quite well for Barceloan as well. He gives Barca something different when things are not going their way, so even if Eto’o is really the better player, Ibra could be extremely useful.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Motta, Milito, and Eto have all played in Spain where control of the ball and one touch passing is king.

Eto has experienced this at the club that plays this type of soccer better than anyone: Barca. If Inter adapts a style of play that differs from the defensively intrenched way of playing in the Serie A they will surely be a contender for both Champions League and Serie A.

We´ll see, Barcelona vs. Inter in the group stage this year.

Posted by alejandro | Report as abusive

Eto’o is a player of class. Its therefore not surprising that his coming to Inter is considing with ball passing style of playing soccer. But thanks should also go to all ex-spanish players in the Inter camp as this kind of football is mostly played there.

Its therefore not surprising that with this style Inter will be a big threat in Europe than during Ibra era

Posted by P. Chazama | Report as abusive

Eto’o will score more goals than Ibrahimovic, but he needs someone to make those goals, and does inter have that man….Nah i dont thinks so…..
Wesly Snieder maybe the man but he gotta prove himself……

Posted by sammy | Report as abusive

i think i love the Inter play style as of the last champion league match against Barcelona but there is still more for Mourinho, the mid field still need somebody to coordinate the whole team, by so i think the goals will start coming,

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