Inter have faced Milan in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final where the match has ended in a 0-0 scoreline.
It was a game in which both sides didn’t want to lose, so the spectators had to sit through a painful display. Neither side really pushed for the winning goal, as the draw seemed good enough.
For Inter, this would’ve been the perfect opportunity to stamp their authority on their cross-city rivals. Unfortunately, as Inzaghi has done all season long he’s struggled to beat the top teams.
Let’s look further into the match itself.
Try to find some positives –
Although it wasn’t a good performance, there are still some great things to takeaway.
For the second match in a row, Inter have kept a clean sheet. This hasn’t been done since late December against Torino. That clean sheet streak ended against Lazio in early January and Inter’s defence has been shaky ever since.
When Inter’s back three are shining, this side becomes successful, as everything good starts from our defence. The key in the defence is the goalkeeper though, because there’ll always be a couple of shots no matter how good Skriniar, De Vrij and Bastoni are.
Handanovic looked incredible and must be applauded. Several times he looked beaten before getting a fist or his body in front of a shot. Lately Inter have only had a few shots against them with over 65% turning into goals. So it’s a big positive for Handanovic to not concede with 13 shots from Milan.
The consistency for Handanovic is key, as we have continuously seen mistake after mistake so he is due for some good form.
Welcome, and Welcome Back!
After months out for both players, we saw Gosens finally take the field in an Inter shirt and Correa return from injury.
Finally some depth to add into this burnt out Nerazzurri side! We can see if Lautaro can be better with someone next to him besides Dzeko and Sanchez. There is a possibility that we may even see Perisic move up to striker, since there is depth to cover that left wingback position.
A fit Gosens is going to be the rejuvenation we have been calling for since the start of January. A player who can score goals, float in balls with pinpoint accuracy and also someone who can run solid for 90 minutes without even breaking a sweat.
Our rivals know how damaging Gosens can be, so knock on wood he stays fit for the remainder of the season because with him we have another superstar in our squad.
It’s interesting what path Inzaghi will take with these players, but it all begins against Salernitana this weekend. Our fate is in our own hands, and if we win every game then we win the Scudetto.
Take it one match at a time, and don’t even think about our opponents. We complicate it, but it really is that simple.
Where to next?
The goal drought and winless streak both need to be broken. There is a saying that if you corner a dog in a dead-end street, it will turn and bite you. Every week we have been getting closer and closer to breaking point and I expect a massive reaction from these players.
It’s an honour to play for the black and blue, and every time you wear that Inter shirt you give your all. Anything less than 100% shouldn’t be tolerated. Right now, we are going through a massive slump but champions do not stay down for long.
I expect a huge turnaround against Salernitana, as this is the perfect time to stand up and be counted.
Prediction: Inter 5-0
As always, Forza Inter!
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