Inter have defeated Sassuolo 2-1 away from home, as Dzeko was clinical with his finishing to grab two goals.
Overall it was one of the first performances of the season where attack and defence both showed up for the full 90 minutes. I don’t think we had any lapses in concentration which has been since in previous matches.
We were unlucky not to score more than two, but as a team we squandered a few chances. Let’s look further into the match itself.
Man of the Match!
I’ve watched the match again after the win, and have a definite decision. For me, Denzel Dumfries was the best on field after one of his first consistent performances of the year.
Dumfries was unlucky not to have a couple of assists to his name as he created a lot of chances for our front two. Even a couple of balls which our midfielders could not put quality on the end of.
There was a chance in the first half which Lautaro should’ve buried into the back of the net. A fantastic run along the right hand side of the pitch from Dumfries before a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Lautaro just couldn’t control his shot as Consigli was definitely beaten if the shot hit it’s target.
Not long after, Dumfries would have a lucky assist as his misplaced header found the feet of Dzeko. The Bosnian would make no mistake as he delicately placed the ball past Consigli.
For the remainder of the match, Dumfries would keep testing that left hand defence of Sassuolo and continue to pressure Rogerio. Overall a very solid performance from Dumfries, and hopefully one he can backup midweek against Barcelona.
Fantastic to see –
The fans have been calling for it and finally Inzaghi has delivered. Onana getting a starting position over Handanovic in the match against Sassuolo was very pleasing.
I’m sure for our coach it was a tough decision to bench our captain, but it was definitely the right call. A fit and healthy Onana is the way forward and even the most loyal supporter of Handanovic couldn’t argue with Inzaghi’s choice.
Although Onana wasn’t really tested today and I wouldn’t say he was critical to Inter’s win, it’s more the fact he started and will continue to do so. It will take a massive slip up before Inzaghi considers a switch back.
Let’s hope that Inzaghi sticks to his guns and doesn’t decide to play Handanovic in the Champions League. Onana is the only way forward!
Must be something going on?
Although Dimarco has been in scintillating form, the question has to be asked “Where is Gosens?”. Behind closed doors, there must be more to this story.
To have a world class wingback sitting on the bench is the first question. The second question needs to be why he won’t get more than 10 minutes on the pitch when he is subbed in.
In the match against Sassuolo, Gosens wasn’t even used at all. Instead Inzaghi trusted Dimarco to start, then used Darmian on the left to sub on for Dimarco.
I just can’t understand how Gosens has completely forgotten how to play football. A player of his class doesn’t just lose it overnight and that’s why Inzaghi is making us believe.
I’m sure Gosens will feature for Germany in the World Cup, so if Inzaghi will not use him then I hope he has a great December to twist Inzaghi’s arm into trusting Gosens.
Where to next?
The next match defines where the season goes. As mentioned earlier, a midweek fixture against Barcelona in the Champions League.
If Inter lose this match, then Barcelona are back in second in the group and also back in control. So pretty much saying that Inter will finish third in the group.
If Inter can somehow get a draw or a win, then our season is back on track for a successful season. I just can’t see this happening though.
Prediction: 3-1 Barcelona
As always, Forza Inter!
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