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Spain Is Feeling the Pain

Left and right the superstar midfielders and wingers of La Furia Roja continue to go down to injury. Cesc Fabregas is continuing to nurse an ankle injury back to health with his Arsenal side, Xavi was ruled out of the upcoming two Euro 2012 qualifying matches with an injury of his own, and now another Barcelona’s footballer was significantly hurt in Pedro.

The Barca winger is being initially ruled out for three weeks with a severe muscle contusion in his left leg and tests earlier today confirmed the delay for the star. Pedro went down over the weekend against Mallorca with the injury and had to be replaced late in the 1-1 draw. The Spanish national team regular will miss a critical stretch of football action for both his club and his country.

Barcelona has several tough matches coming up including one when the league reopens up after the international break against first place Valencia. The winger also would be expected to miss a match against Real Zaragoza and would also likely miss the next Champions League action against FC Copenhagen. And that doesn’t even include the next two weeks of football coming up with critical national team matches against Lithuania and Scotland.

The World Cup champs will face the two joint first place squads in their Euro 2012 qualifying group and many Spanish stars are hampered with injury as I stated at the beginning of the article. Losing Pedro for the two match home and away stretch would mean that the club has one less viable option to use regarding their current roster.

The successful squad from this summer will continue their Euro 2012 campaign without several of their stars on Friday against  Lithuania in Salamanca and then they will travel to Glasgow to take on the Scots four days later.

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  • Rob September 26, 2011, 4:30 am

    As always you make good points Ahsan.I’ve preached to anyone who’d listen about your first point,your second point is obviously true but there was never going to be huge investment last season for one glaring reason,our balance sheet.World football is business off the field as much as on and I can understand Massimo being cautious for obvious reasons.What I can’t understand is giving Benitez the job.Although a shrewd tactician,Benitez has publicly criticized every regime he has been employed by.Despite his merits,a marriage to an Inter still smitten by mou was never going to happen.Benitez knew the financial constraints also but was overcome by the thoughts of playing attacking football to spite mou… truly a childish endeavor.This has led to the club being totally destabilized and made our champions look ordinary.Lets hope Claudio gets to eat his panettone as we need some direction.And lets give Ranieri his due,he very nearly robbed mou’s inter of a scudetto with an inferior Roma side.

    • Ahsan September 27, 2011, 1:05 am

      Thank you for your reply Rob, but obviously we had differences at the beginning of your review upon my point two and three. I too understand about the importance of our club balance sheet, but that’s not an excuse for not having new players does it? Look at our arch rival Milan who had successfully seek away their trouble sheet by making loan some good quality players. And I don’t see that kind of move done by our club while Benitez still on the job. Why?
      As for the criticism towards him, I believe many of those critics have been more or less influenced by English media and football observer whose constantly reviewed his works and personality negatively. His last season at Liverpool corroborate those negative criticism. But the fact that his employer has failed to fully support him due to the balance sheet was never take part as a factor! How ironic for the man who achieved many great things before must have to deal with the same problem THRICE! Non other than balance sheet and lack of club’s maximum support!
      And for my last thought, I don’t see anything wrong with Inter playing more aggressive rather than pragmatic because the squad has the ability to to that. We saw the stats of ball possession and shot on goal are increased significantly compared to Mourinho era. Even the ultras from curva nord are astonished by that display. Sadly although the most hardcore fans of Inter were behind Benitez it was never enough to give him more time to prove his work.
      Well Rob, for Ranieri part I have to agree with you. With his past experience although never win a league yet, I truly hope that he can reshape the mentality that was lost for sometimes. Which is hungry for winning!
      Nice talking with you Rob,

      FORZA INTER!

      • Rob September 27, 2011, 5:19 am

        Ha ha,I guess I do dislike Benitez a bit stretching back to his Valencia days where he achieved alot but played a very defensive brand of football which wasn’t liked but i suppose they haven’t achieved much since he left! He could well have been a great inter manager at a different time but I just feel his antipathy towards mou would have lead to arguments at some stage with the hierarchy.Anyway cheers Ahsan,always a pleasure talking to someone who knows their football and loves their club!Hoping for a big performance from couthino later,shame about andrea,he looks like he’ll be a future captain(hope he doesn’t do a fresi!).Forza nerazzurri!

  • Ahsan September 26, 2011, 1:41 am

    “but there is little room for wanting to win in a different way than before. Maybe even for the many players who have been there for years”. > Yes, he’s telling the truth. Without the challenged from new players, so cold first team players won’t be challenged to compete for their positions in the first team. Rebuilding the team step by step replacing the old ones should make the squad more competitive.

    “Benitez? He waited for reinforcements that were necessary to give energy, then he left and (Giampaolo) Pazzini signed in January and with that alone we will have made 20 points”> Again Carboni made it clear that it was not Benitez full responsible for the struggling Inter to protect their scudetto. No new players in, many first team players struggled with injuries, really gave Benitez a hard times. Sadly some Inter fans and media blamed him instead. It was unfair because those judgement came from the wrong side of the story (Mostly influenced by English media and journalist). At least there are three points that I reckon that many people miss or refusing to reckon :
    >One, the players just got back from World Cup competitions that surely enough draining their fitness after playing for 2 Italian domestic competitions plus Champions League. (And win those three). For that, Inter players are most likely vulnerable to injuries. But media and some Inter fans yet still blaming Benitez for those injuries. Claimed that his methods are responsible for that.
    >Two, no new players to strengthen up the squad and backing up the injured first team players. Biabiany and Coutinho cannot replaced the injured ones for every 90 minutes games caused they’re still young and lacking experience. Also their fitness is not fully developed. The opinion that previous squad who won everything last season are sufficient enough to handle the upcoming competitions was absurd if you look at point one!
    >Three, it’s the most significant that brings instability in the squad. The previous triple winner players are still used to Mourinho style of training and practice. Which is totally different than Benitez did. And the unsatisfied players won Moratti’s heart rather than telling them to backing up their manager!

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