Inter Milan merely going through the motions in defeat to Genoa
A frankly unwatchable Inter Milan side lost 1-0 to Genoa on Sunday, going down to a close-range Goran Pandev goal. A listless attempt at a second-half comeback was capped by a horrible penalty attempt -- a typical Nerazzurri ending.
Another Inter Milan player of years past -- Nicolas Burdisso, testament to the Grifone's limited talent pool -- handled a volley in the box with three minutes to go, only for Antonio Candreva to see his feeble penalty saved by Eugenio Lamanna.
Not applicable. Marco Andreolli looked reasonable for a while.
Inter began the season as a slow, cumbersome attacking force and have gone on to end it in much the same way, with Geoffrey Kondogbia left unmarked by the opposition because of his limited technique.
It feels, incidentally, like the campaign really is over: The whole team was going through the motions at the Marassi, nullifying any enjoyment that the numerous travelling Interesti were pining for.
5 (out of 10) -- Stafano Pioli deserves some credit for trying to find Eder a role more congenial to his talents, but his Inter is actually two teams, namely an isolated defence and a forward line that doesn't participate in the buildup. The fact that the players look to have quit says a lot about how much they believe in the coach's permanence. Why take Mauro Icardi off when he's Inter's only reliable goalmouth threat?
Player ratings (1-10, with 10 the best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Samir Handanovic, 5 -- Made two good saves but was otherwise redundant.
DF Danilo D'Ambrosio, 5 -- Another sloppy game in which the full-back didn't seem to add anything going forward or indeed give guarantees at the back, where he lost Raffaele Palladino a couple of times.
DF Gary Medel, 5 -- Should have conceded a penalty for clipping Giovanni Simeone early. Was actually neat coming off his line to anticipate but ended the game poorly.
DF Marco Andreolli, 5 -- Slipped, allowing Pandev to score the only goal of the game. Otherwise held up well in the aerial battle.
DF Yuto Nagatomo, 5 -- Complained of being "treated like a criminal" after last week's costly blunder. There's nothing criminal about parlaying big earnings from limited talent. If anything, it's admirable.
MF Geoffrey Kondogbia, 5 -- The steel was there, as were the passes, on occasion. One still gets the feeling that a quicker runner would cover the box better, as demonstrated by the winner. Sent off late too.
MF Roberto Gagliardini, 5 -- Began well before getting lost in the midfield morass, leaving Kondogbia to hazard all the forward passes. A promising player who deserves a break -- in every sense of the word.
MF Antonio Candreva, 5 -- Beyond the awful penalty, the Azzurro feels like he belongs in the 90s, when the game was more wasteful. Teams are supposed to be clinical nowadays, not lofting balls aimlessly and praying for the best.
MF Eder, 5 -- The odd highlight but was the usual square peg in a round hole. Tends to perform well only if given patience and time by his coaching staff.
MF Ivan Perisic, 6 -- Headed away a powerful long-rang ball and tried to light a fire whenever he could.
FW, Mauro Icardi, 5 -- Had one brilliant moment when he used his body to combine well with Perisic. Otherwise invisible. Should he have been taken off?
MF, Rodrigo Palacio, 5 -- As Matteo Bonetti pointed out, is being the target man even his job?
MF, Gabigol, 5 -- Seems petty to ask the Brazilian to get things going when Palacio is still being picked ahead of him.
MF, Ever Banega, N/R -- Came on too late to make a difference.
Edoardo Dalmonte covers Inter Milan for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @EdoDalmonte.