Score: Inter Milan 2 Atalanta 0FT
San Siro, Milan
During recent successes unbeaten Inter Milan would welcome visitors Atalanta. The last time these two teams squared off Inter Milan would destroy a weak Atalanta side 7-1 and they would look to do the same again while Atalanta would try and top Inter which they haven’t done since October 2016. Inter currently sit fourth in the league table and are in current contention for the league title which they have not won since the 2010 campaign. Atalanta on the other hand would look to move up in the table as they sit tenth in the standings. With Juventus’s loss to Sampdoria earlier in the day they had a chance to move closer to the top When these teams meet the dominate team has always been Inter who have won 67% of the matches vs Atalanta in recent campaigns The first half of this match would be dry with no real action and few goal opportunities with Inter mostly dominating. But in the second half things would heat up has more opportunities would open up for both sides and Inter slightly leading in the possession and Icardi would get two goals this half which would secure Inter the victory which would be their 10th of the season.
This week Inter would stick with their usual 4-2-3-1 formation but their would be a player switch from the previous weeks. In goal would be second in clean sheets Samir Handanovic. On defense would be where we would be a player switch on left back would be Santon who would get his first start of the season even though he has played in two matches this season; off the bench replacing Nagatomo who has been the key starter for the past few weeks. Next to him would be left center back Miranda who would have his 76th appearance for the Nerazzuris. Taking his usual position on right center back would be Milan Skriner and top defender on right back D’Ambrosio who has 6 total career goals for Inter. Up in front of the defense Inter would put out the dynamic duo of left and right defensive mids Gagliardini and Vecino. In the mid field on the right wing would be the second top goal scorer for Inter this season Ivan Persic. Valero would take his position on center mid and who would have his 14th start of the season capping them of left winger Candreva who has 48 appearances and 6 total goals with Inter Milan. Up top would be striker and Inter scoring beast Icardi who has 13 goals for the season. This is a very solid lineup which is very capable of winning this game and will do what is necessary to get the job done.
After the wait this match would kickoff. At the ten minute mark Inter would get their first goal opportunity when Gagliardini takes a right footed shot from outside of the box misses high and slightly to the left assisted by Ivan Persic. A few minutes later Atalanta would get their chance to break the deadlock with Hateboer takes a right footed shot from the outside of the box is saved in the center of the goal by Handanovic. This would be assisted by Josip. After the twenty minute mark Jose of Atalanta takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked assisted by Josip with a cross. Shortly after Icardi would takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal with Valero assisting with a through ball. A minute later Icardi would try again to put Inter on the board with a header from six yards out on the right misses to the left assisted by Candreva with a cross. Minutes would pass before the final goal opportunity would happen at about the forty minute mark Icardi takes a right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left which would be assisted by Candreva with a cross. This would conclude a dull first half with both teams at a draw 0-0. If Inter could continue opening opportunities they could possibly score and win this game.
After the intermission this match would resume. The first chance of the half would come two minutes in when Icardi would take a header from the center of the box is saved in the bottom left corner assisted by Persic with a cross. In the 51st minute Icardi would break the stalemate with a header from the center of the box to the lower right corner assisted by Candreva with a cross after a set piece situation. This would put them up 1-0. Near the sixty minute mark Gomez of Atalanta would try and even things up with a left footed shot from the center of the box is high and to the left. A minute later Inter would score again with another header from the center of the box to the bottom left corner with a cross from D’Ambrosio. In the 73rd minute Inter would make their first substitution of the match has Brozovic comes on for Candreva. After the seventy fifth minute Atalanta would look to comeback from a 2-0 deficit when Andrea takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. With 10 minutes left to go in the match Atalantas Marten takes a header from the center of the box is to high assisted with a cross from Orsolini after a set piece. A few minutes later Marten again would look to put Atalanta on the board with a right footed shot from outside the box is to high yet again. In the last minute both teams would have one last chance to score with Inter first has Persic takes a left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide left. Then the final chance for Atalanta to even try and get a consolation point would fail when Orsolini takes a left footed shot of his own is high and to the left as well. This match would end with Inter winning 2-0 and they would get their 10th win of the season.
This was a well deserved point for Inter has they move up to the second spot in the league table. Going forward they are proving they can be real contenders for the title and their going in the right direction from where they were last season. The man of the match is Samir Handanovic who would get another clean sheet of the season which puts him one behind the leagues best kepper Allison of Roma. Next match Inter travel to Sardegna Arena to take on 13th place Cagliari. Back in March Inter would defeat Cagliari 5-1. This might be an easy match for them but Cagliari are no pushovers and will do anything to get the victory. But anything can happen especially in this sport until then as always FORZA INTER.
Man Of the Match: Samir Handanovic (2)
By the numbers…
Pass Accuracy 85%
Pass Accuracy 81%
Top of the table
Napoli 11-2-0 35Points
Inter Milan 10-3-0 33Points
Juventus 10-1-2 31Points
Roma 10-0-2 30Points (one game in hand)
Lazio 9-1-2 28Points(one game in hand)
Bottom of the table
Sassuolo 3-2-8 11Points
SPAL 2-4-7 10Points
Genoa 2-3-8 9Points
Hellas Verona 1-3-9 6Points