In Italy, they say that a wolf might lose its hair, but never its habits. In the United States, instead, they say that a leopard can never change its spots. In Serie A, lastly, fans and journalists might be soon starting to say that Inter‘s manager Walter Mazzarri might win some games, but will never cease to cry every time he does not achieve his objective.
For the 52-year-old, this is a very lamentable situation, considering that he is in fact one of Italy’s best coaches of today’s soccer, as he has achieved historic results in several so-called small teams of the league.
Among the main ones, there is certainly Reggina‘s stupendous salvation from relegation to Serie B in the 2006-07 season, despite an 11-point deduction due to their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal of the previous season. Moreover, this achievement was only the icing of the cake with the Calabrian team, given that he had achieved the salvation also in the previous two years.
In addition, his journey at Sampdoria consisted of relevant accomplishments, including a memorable sixth place in the standings in the 2007-08 season and an even more historic run in the Coppa Italia of the following year, defeating the powerful Inter in semifinals and only losing to Lazio in the final.
Last but not least, his Napoli experience was rich of important results, including the Coppa Italia victory in 2012, becoming the first team in ever beating the Juventus of Antonio Conte, who had just won the Scudetto without losing a game. Furthermore, this was also his very first and only managerial title of his career.
With the Partenopei, Mazzarri had the opportunity to show his great level across the entire European continent, achieving a glorious qualification from the Champions League group stage by eliminating Manchester City and Villarreal. In the playoffs, they had to submit in overtime against Chelsea, who ended up winning the competition.
For all these reasons, Mazzarri’s level, from a soccer perspective, is absolutely unquestioned. However, what is ironic about him is precisely the fact that, despite his great accomplishments, he has developed a great sense of victimization over the course of the years.
This year, as a matter of fact, as he finally arrived into a so-called giant team, he has shown several more struggles in comparison to the previous experiences. Despite a good beginning to the season, the Nerazzurri have already set their Scudetto dreams aside as they have only been able to win one game in the last six.
As of today, they are sixth in the standings with 31 points, one behind the surprising Hellas Verona and even 18 behind Juventus. In addition, they still have not shown their best against the league’s biggest teams. Despite the suffered 1-0 victory in the derby against AC Milan and the 1-1 draw against the Bianconeri, they have been unquestionably defeated by Roma, Napoli and Lazio.
Such results, resulted from negative performances, especially in the defense line, cannot be remotely attributed to referee’s mistakes and controversial episodes. Perhaps, it could be true that Inter has suffered a few mistakes in that sense; but, in reality, the player’s errors have been way more and significantly worse.
For this reason, Mazzarri should seriously put a stop to the whines and learn how to take responsibility for his team’s lack of consistency. After all, doing this would allow him to become much more appreciated for his true, immense, level.