Ides Team Ranking-Inter-What to Watch

Here we go. First weekly dingoT rankings, then focus on Inter and finally what to watch on the Ides of March:

3/7/2014 3/14/2014
1-Bayern 140.1 1- Bayern 139.3
2-Barcelona 132.7 2- Real Madrid 133.0
3-RealMadrid 131.4 3- Barcelona 132.0
4-ManCity 114.6 4- Chelsea 116.1
5-Chelsea 114.5 5- Man City 113.2
6-Dortmund 113.7 6- Dortmund 112.1
7-Atlético 110.9 7- Atlético 111.5
8-ParisSG 110.6 8- Paris SG 109.7
9-Juventus 109.8 9- Juventus 109.6
10-Liverpool 107.2 10- Man United 105.8
11-Arsenal 105.0 11- Liverpool 104.9
12-ManUnited 104.7 12- Arsenal 104.7
13-Benfica 99.5 13- Benfica 102.0
14-Shakhtar 96.4 14- Shakhtar 97.6
15-Tottenham 94.9 15- Porto 96.7
16-Roma 94.8 16- Schalke 95.2
17-Porto 94.2 17- Napoli 93.9
18-Napoli 93.5 18- Tottenham 92.7
19-Everton 92.8 19- Roma 92.2
20-Olympiakos 91.7 20- Salzburg 91.4
21-Salzburg 90.6 21- Everton 91.1
22-Leverkusen 90.4 22- Leverkusen 90.9
23-Schalke 89.4 23- Valencia 90.7
24-Bilbao 89.3 24- Olympiakos 90.2
25-Zenit 88.1 25- Bilbao 89.2
26-Wolfsburg 87.4 26- Zenit 88.7
27-Valencia 87.3 27- Villarreal 85.4
28-Villarreal 86.8 28- Milan 84.8
29-Sociedad 85.6 29- Sevilla 84.1
30-Milan 85.1 30- Sociedad 84.1
31-Gladbach 83.6 31- Wolfsburg 84.0
32-Fiorentina 83.4 32- Fiorentina 83.5
33-Ajax 82.5 33- Ajax 82.3
34-Sevilla 82.1 34- Gladbach 81.9
35-Monaco 81.1 35- Monaco 81.2
36-SpartakMoskva 80.1 36- Lyon 80.8
37-SpartaPraha 78.9 37- Galatasaray 80.7
38-Galatasaray 78.6 38- Inter 80.5
39-Hertha 78.4 39- Lille 80.3
40-CSKAMoskva 78.3 40-Sparta Praha 80.1

 

Then Countries:

3/7/2014 #Teams #Points 3/14/2014 #Teams #Points
Spa 7.5 35 Spa 8.0 36
Germ 6.5 35 Germ 5.5 34
Eng 7.0 27 Eng 7.0 26
Ita 5.0 12 Ita 5.5 12
Fra 1.5 6 Fra 2.5 8
Por 2.0 5 Por 2.0 6
Rus 2.0 4 Ukr 1.0 3
Ukr 1.0 3 Rus 1.0 2
Gre 1.0 2 Gre 1.0 2
Aus 1.0 2 Aus 1.0 2
Ned 0.5 1 Ned 0.5 1
Cze 0.5 1 Tur 0.5 1
Tur 0.5 1 Cze 0.5 1

Commentary:

Spain still leads and not by tie-breaker. France sneaks in 2 more  teams to the bubble 8 (Lille and Lyon) while Russia loses 2. Spurs and Roma are out of top 16 while Benfica is approaching the lesser English trio who themselves are being separated from the group above. Inter also breaks into top 40 which puts them on the spotlight:

Inter

Without doubt this season will be remembered as the year Indonesian tycoon Thohir purchased the club from chain-smoking Moratti. The play on the field has not been impressive even though defense improved a lot under new coach Walter Mazzarri. Looking forward the team has few problems; team does not dominate smaller teams sufficiently therefore draws a lot. By dingo’s calculation ~4.5 pts have been lost unnecessary draws. (I wrote about draws here). Then there is the aging team. There was the big fuss about Guarin-Vucinic trade(Serie A is a bit like NBA) in winter transfer window. Dingo watched this with very wide eyes. Sending Guarin would have been a good deal(look below); perhaps Inter could get more but….

Top 3 dingoR’s (min 10 games)

Rolando D(C) 130.0
Esteban Cambiasso D(C),DM(C) 123.8
Mauro Icardi FW 123.7

Rolando who is on loan from Porto(with an option to buy) has been the big difference maker in Inter’s defense this year. Mazzarri prefers a 3-5-1-1 formation for which Rolando is perfect for. His occasional mistakes can be covered by the other 2 while Rolando dominates in the air. It would be a great purchase for Inter considering the fee is rumored to be around $6.5m.  Cambiasso is still performing well despite his age but his decline should be expected any day considering he is 33. Icardi is 21 and extremely promising. His problem is injuries and it has been suggested that his “love life” has been preventing  his recovery. Inter should be patient and they might have a superstar in their hands.

Bottom 3 dingoRs (min 10 games)

Mateo Kovacic M(C) 90.3
Zdravko Kuzmanovic DM(C) 93.3
Fredy Guarín AM(C) 93.9

Kovacic is 20 years old so we’ll let him play and improve. Serbian international Kuzmanovic should be in his prime but not playing like that; if there is a good offer he should be sold. That brings us to Guarin. He is talented and tricky but his overall performance has been disappointing. If he has a good world cup he should be sold to the highest bidder without any reservation.

BONUS 

Thanks to GdS Dingo has the salary info for Inter players. So here I list best bang for the euro and the worst:

Pts Salary(m) Prorated(m) Pts/S(m)
Yuto Nagatomo 4.9 1.1 0.8 0.16
Rolando 4.7 1.1 0.8 0.17
Rodrigo Palacio 6.8 2.8 2.0 0.29

 

We talked about Rolando. Palacio’s(114.2) talent is obvious despite his age(31).  Nagatomo is 27 and having a career year(122.8)

Pts Salary(m) Prorated(m) Pts/S(m)
Mateo Kovacic 0.3 1.5 1.1 3.05
Diego Milito 1.0 5.0 3.6 3.46
Javier Zanetti 0.2 1.5 1.1 4.97

 

Well this is not a fair comparison. As contribution is driven by playing time, and some players are signed as subs or for development. Perhaps I can write about optimal salary allocation for players later but let’s keep it simple this time. Zanetti(88.3) is a legend at 40 but he is also expensive for what he does but he can stay.(Dingos are loyal). Milito(107.8 but also 34 years old) on the other hand should be released.

Finally What to Watch this weekend :

 

03/14/2014-Friday

3:30pm Augsburg vs Schalke 04: 46.5

03/15/2014-Saturday

4:00pm New York RB vs Colorado Rapids- just kidding….

10:30am Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia M’gladbach: 37.0

1:30pm Aston Villa vs Chelsea: 26.1

1:30pm Bayern München vs Bayer Leverkusen: 54.7

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03/16/2014-Sunday

9:30am Manchester United vs Liverpool: 81.9

12:00pm Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: 78.4

4:00pm Real Sociedad vs Valencia: 50.0

4:00pm PSG vs Saint-Étienne: 19.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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