Inter Milan fans walked out of the San Siro in protest at the weekend as the Nerazzurri slipped to defeat against Sassuolo, further reducing their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season, with Roma coach Luciano Spalletti now reported to be the frontrunner for the vacant managerial position.
Most of the stadium was empty by the time the final whistle sounded on yet another defeat for an Inter side who have changed their coach twice already this season, and now look set to miss out on their minimum objective of a place in next season’s Europa League.
Half of the San Siro was empty after only 20 minutes with Inter’s Ultras deserting the Curva Nord after displaying banners showing their discontent. “Since you do not deserve our support … today we are just going to go and get something to eat,” read one of the banners on view at the lunchtime kick-off.
“We’re hanging a pitiful veil over the 2016-17 season,” read another banner below a huge white sheet, covering the entire section where Inter’s hardcore fans are located.
Following the 2-1 defeat — Inter’s fourth straight reverse in a run which has seen them pick up a club record low of just two points in eight games — goalkeeper Samir Handanovic said there could be no more excuses.
“We need to try and find a spark during the week,” the goalkeeper told Inter’s official TV channel. “Perhaps we need to give more in training. It’s not about good or bad luck — we can’t think like that. We need to analyse the situation and figure out where to kick on from.
“I’ve been at Inter for five years and I can understand the fans. Inter should not be where we are in the table. We need to behave like men in these situations.”
Eder, who scored Inter’s consolation, said he could understand the fans’ frustrations, saying that the team feel just as bad about the results as they do.
“It’s been a few years now that the objective has been to qualify for the Champions League and we’ve ended up fighting for the Europa League,” he added. “I understand the disappointment because they love the club and had filled the stadium today. When things are going badly, you can accept protests like that.