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Inter 4 Fiorentina 0: A masterclass from a dominant Nerazzurri

Inter suffocated the Viola with a relentless press as they soar into the international break seizing all nine points so far this season.


Many had expected a close, competitive match, but even the most confident of Inter supporters did not foresee the one sided domination over this talented Fiorentina side. Another Lautaro Martinez brace sealed the third straight victory for the Nerazzurri putting them at the top of the table alongside their red and black city rivals.

With his second brace of the young season, and now with five goals in total, Lautaro could have been awarded Man of the Match. Yet it was Marcus Thuram who scored first at minute 24, essentially the match’s winning goal while also adding an assist and drawing a second half penalty, who was handed this prestigious honor.

Inter manager Simone Inzaghi has been more than please with Thuram’s early accomplishments as an Inter player. “He’s very intelligent with a great desire to learn,” the Nerazzurri coach said in his post-game press conference. “He chose Inter, he’s been working with a great deal of desire since July. He speaks Italian very well, he integrated very well into the group and the players helped him integrate in the best possible way. He did what he had to do well in these three matches. I’m happy with the goal because he deserved it.”

While the score was 1-0 Inter at the close of the first half, there probably should have been more goals scored by the Nerazzurri after Thuram’s opener. At the 30 minute mark, Thuram came close to his second when he took a cross from Alessandro Bastoni, but missed thanks to some effective Fiorentina defending. Bastoni came close himself at the 34th minute with a strike right at Viola goalkeeper Oliver Christensen that rebounded and allowed Lautaro to take a shot that bounced off of the right post.

But the goals would come in the second half as the Nerazzurri would continue to press and pepper Christensen with more shots. At the 50th minute, Denzel Dumfries hit the post with a strike three minutes before Lautaro scored his fourth goal of the season off of a lethal counterattack. Just a few minutes later, Hakan Çalhanoğlu converted a penalty after Christensen was whistled for fouling Thuram in the box. Lautaro added one more at the 73rd minute sending the Nerazzurri into the international break with a loud 4-0 statement victory.

“Three games without a goal are a good sign, as are the victories,” Inzaghi said after the game. “The start was perfect and it’s just the beginning, we have to continue with this motivation.”

With a goal difference of plus 8, the Nerazzurri now hold the tiebreaker and first place on the table over their cousins, AC Milan, whose goal difference is just plus 6. The first Derby della Madonnina awaits on Saturday, September 16th, when the league restarts. With the two clubs level at 9 points after three matchdays, this will be one of the more anticipated derbies near the level of the intensity of the Champions league semifinal from last May.

Inzaghi knows what this represents for the club and what it means for the fans. “We respect Milan, a well-trained team with excellent playing principles,” he said adding that the international break will make the preparation complicated.The players are happy to represent [their countries] and we coaches know we have 2-3 days to prepare, but that goes for everyone. It will be a very important match.”