Inter and Sampdoria have played out a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately Inter just looked lethargic to start and were very wasteful in attack today.
Let’s look a bit further into some points from the match.
Slow out of the blocks –
You could understand the slow start from this Inter side after the international break. With a good majority of Inter’s side playing full matches for their respective countries.
Even with this being the case, Inter took the lead from a rocket of a freekick from Dimarco in the 18th minute. Absolutely stunning into the top corner where the keeper stood no chance.
We thought the train which is Inter would start getting into motion but all of the Nerazzurri’s play seemed to look lethargic.
A quarter of an hour later, Sampdoria would have their deserved goal as the reaction speeds of both Handanovic and Dzeko showed their age. Firstly Handanovic not coming out to collect a ball in his zone from the corner, and then a shot hitting the inside of Dzeko’s leg where he tried to block the shot.
Again though, Inter wouldn’t come out of the sheds at halftime and would be punished for their mistakes. A fantastic volley as Sampdoria evened the score at 2-2 with Handanovic superglued to the ground. Inter need to learn from these slow starts and make sure it’s not a habit.
Man of the match –
The energizer bunny just doesn’t stop running all match and he really makes this Inter side great. Barella was absolutely fantastic today all over the park in both attack and defence.
Inter’s attacking opportunities usually start with Barella doing something to spark the team into action.
Some fantastic pressing from Calhanoglu allowed Barella to make a determined run through the midfield for Inter’s second goal. A tantalizing ball across goal from Barella where Lautaro made no mistake with a first time finish.
In the second half Barella should’ve had a couple more assists. Lautaro missing an opportunity to put Inter ahead, and then Calhanoglu only moments later where he really should’ve put the ball in the back of the net.
Each match Barella is improving and in the next couple of years he’ll be in discussions for being the best midfielder in the world.
A liability –
Sensi has been known for a long time as the “glass man”, and today it really cost Inter. A knock to the knee stopped Sensi from being mobile as he really looked to be struggling.
Unfortunately at the time Inzaghi had already made his 5 substitutions so nothing could be done. Sensi was just hobbling around the pitch until he finally fell down and couldn’t continue.
Inter were down to 10 men for the last 10 minutes and you could really see the numerical advantage. Any time Inter tried to come forward, Sampdoria just sat back waiting to hit them on the counter attack.
After this match, I don’t think Inzaghi will trust Sensi ever again. It may be a little early in the season to rule a player out, but this may be the last time we ever see Sensi in an Inter jersey.
Referee go away –
I remembered why I hate Orsato officiating Inter games not long into the match. Every time he referee’s Inter games there are always soft fouls, yellow cards and so much time wasting.
Today was exactly the same, and now you can understand why Orsato had been stopped for multiple seasons from being in charge of an Inter match. It’s no coincidence that with him with his whistle in his mouth that the result didn’t go Inter’s way.
I hope we don’t see him again for another few seasons.
Where to next?
A midweek Champions League fixture against Real Madrid is coming up for Inter. After our poor form against them last season in the group stages, my hopes aren’t high.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-2 Inter.
As always, Forza Inter!