Inter Milan 3 Cagliari 1FT
Sadegna Arena, Cagliari
After defeating Atalanta last week Inter would go on the road to Sardegna Arena to face 12th place Cagliari. Inter would look to keep their winning ways where they have yet to lose a match this season. Cagliari would look to move up in the league standings. Last season these squads would half the victories in their first match of last season Inter would go on to win the match 3-0. In their last match Cagliari would win that match 2-1. Overall Inter have won 3 of their last six matches against Cagliari. Cagliari would have a 37% victory success against Inter. They have only drawed once in their last 6 matches which was back in February of the 2014 campaign. When these teams face each other Cagliari play an aggressive game against their opponents which means they’re willing to take the attack to Inter which is one thing Inter need to keep in check. Inter on the other hand play with a non-aggressive style which can be costly. They play with possession like tactics where they have more chances to open up goal opportunities and keep the opposition from getting any sort of momentum started. But one of the downsides of Inter is in their consistency which is on thing they need to work on. The first half would start off with Cagliari dominating the possession game with Inter having limited goal opportunities but Inter would only have one goal this half which would come from Icardi.. The second half is where things would heat up. Both squads would open more opportunities. In this half Inter would score two goals which would come from Brozvic and another from Icardi while Cagliari would get one of their own from Pavolleti. This match would end with Inter winning 3-1. This would be their 11th win of the season.
Inter would stick with the usual 4-2-3-1 formation which has been a successful formation for them this far.
They would stick with the same starters from last week. In goal Samir Handanovic who has a total of six clean sheets for the season. On defense would be left back Santon who would get his first start of the season last week against Atalanta taking over for Nagatomo. Miranda would take his usual position on left center back who has his 76th appearance for the Nerazzuris. On right center back Milan Skriner who has been a key starter ever since signing with Inter back in summer and on right back D’Ambrosio. Up on defensive mid would be Gagliardini and Vecino who has 1 goal for Inter this season. In the midfield would be left wing Ivan Persic who is tied for first place in assist this campaign. In center mid would be none other than Valero who took over the position majority of the season from Vecino. On right wing Candreva who shares the tie with Persic with the most assist. Up top key striker and the scoring beast Mauro Icardi who is second in leading goals. This is a solid lineup that is capable of beating Cagliari.
After the players took the pitch this match would get underway. Cagliari would look to start things with a bang when Pedro takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is saved by Handanovic in the center of the goal assisted with a cross from Padoin. Two minutes later Luca takes a header after a corner from the center of the box misses to the right. After the ten minute mark Romagna takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Shortly after Pedro would look to yet again try and put one of these squads on the board with a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Twenty minutes in Barella takes a right foot shot from outside the box is blocked. So far this match has been all Cagliari can Inter get some sort of momentum going? Five minutes later Inter would get their first chance of the match to put themselves on the board has Valero takes a right foot shot from outside the box is blocked assisted by Candreva. In the 29th minute the deadlock would be broken as Icardi takes a right footed shot from a very close range to the center of the goal assisted by Persic putting Inter up 1-0. With eight minutes left in this jam packed half Pedro takes a left footed shot to even things up but his attempt would be blocked. Minutes later Pavolleti tries himself to put Cagliari on the board with a header from the center of the box is blocked with a assist from Filippo with a cross. Before the half would end Inter would try to add to their lead has Santon would look to get his first goal of the season with a right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right assisted by Persic. This would conclude a eventful first half has Inter go up 1-0. If Inter can pick up momentum this match could be theirs for the taking.
This match would resume after the intermission with Inter looking to add to their 1-0 lead and Cagliari looking to even things up. Two minutes into the second half Cagliari would look to bring things back on even terms when Barella takes a right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Minutes later Inter would try to add to their lead with Persic taking a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the high and to the left which is assisted by Candreva. In the 53rd minute Inter would make their first subbing of the match when Brozovic comes on to replace Vecino. Three minutes later after coming on Brozvic takes a right footed shot from the center of the box to the lower right corner of the goal with an assist from Candreva this would give Inter the 2-0 lead. After the 60 minute mark Persic takes a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Shortly after Cagliari would look to get themselves on the board when in the 71st minute Pavolleti takes a right footed shot after a cross from Paolo from the center of the box to the left corner of the goal which would now make this a 2-1 game. Later Cagliari would attempt to put themselves back on even terms with Inter as Diego takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal by Handanovic. In the 83rd minute Icardi would get his second goal of the match with a right foot shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner making it 3-1 to Inter. Three minutes later Inter make their second substitution of the match when Cancelo come on for Candreva. Icardi with two minutes left to play would try and make it a 4-1 match with a left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal assisted by a header from Persic. In the 90th minute Inter make their final sub of the match has Eder replaces Icardi. Shortly after Cagliari would have one last chance to score has Giannetti takes a header from the center of the box is high and wide right assisted by Luca after a set piece. This match would end with Inter winning 3-1 and getting their 11th victory of the season.
This was a hard fought three points for Inter. Despite the win they played sloppy and inconsistently. But either way they’ll take the three points. The man of the match goes to Candreva who assisted in majority of the goal attempts and goals in todays matchup. Going forward they need to work on their inconsistent performances and work on being cohesive all around. They’re doing well creating goal chances but they need to learn to be a bit more possessive of the ball and keeping it away from their opponents and the defense needs to make sure the opposition doesn’t have a chance to take goals on their side of the pitch. But this is still a far cry from where they were last campaign but they still have room for improvements. Next week Inter travel back home to take on 9th place Chievo. The last time they played each other Inter won 3-1 but we’ll see where things go. .
Man Of the Match: Andréa Candreva
By the numbers
Pass Accuracy 85%
Pass Accuracy 79%
Top of the Table
Napoli 12-2-0 38pts
Inter Milan 11-3-0 36pts
Juventus 11-1-2 34pts
Roma 10-1-2 31pts (one game in hand)
Lazio 9-2-2 29pts (one game in hand)
Bottom of the table
Sassuolo 3-2-9 11pts
Genoa 2-4-8 10pts
SPAL 2-4-8 10pts
Hellas Verona 2-3-9 9pts
Benevento 0-0-14 0pts