Score: Fiorentina 1 Inter 1
Aretimio Franchi,Florence, Italy
After recent under performing matches Inter would travel to Firenze to take on home side Fiorentina. Inter would look to get back into winning form after struggling in recent weeks. While Fiorentina would look to move up in the league table and try and knock them out of the title race which Fiorentina did the same to Inter last season. Over the last six matches Fiorentina have defeated Inter four out of the six times. Things Inter need to do if they have any chances of beating Fiorentina is keeping their goal chances limited as they are good at finding openings and capitalizing on them. Also they are good at maintaining a lead along with coming from behind situations. Also they play possession football and will keep their opponents from having any chances to score which can be costly for Inter since they don’t want to drop more points. They also need to focus on the defense and keeping the pressure on Fiorentina. Things in the first half would start with Fiorentina maintaining possession of the ball and creating multiple chances and playing keep away with Inter. But in the middle of the half Inter would finally get their first chances of the match but each of these teams would hold each other to a stand still and the half would end with a score of 0-0. In the second half things would heat up with both teams taking more chances on goal. But early in the second half Icardi would break the stalemate with a stunning goal from the right of the box. Which would put them up 1-0. But Fiorentina wouldn’t go down so easily when in stoppage time they would capitalize with a goal of their own as both teams would split a point denying Inter their thirteenth win of the season.
This week Inter would stick with the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. But their would be some player switches. In goal would be none other than Handanovic who is second in clean sheets. On defense would be left back Santon who has his fourth start of the season. On left center would be Ranocchia who would get his first start of the season last week and got a few scoring chances and proved he can be a vital part of this team. In right center Sampdoria loner Milan Skriniar and on the far right Cancelo. On defensive mid swapping places Vecino who would move from the right to the left while Gagliardini would take his place on the right. On the attacking mid field side would be left wing Perisic who is fourth in assist for Inter in the center moving up to that position would be Valero. Then on right wing would be Mario who has three goals for Inter and 42 appearances. Up top would be the Inter scoring beast Icardi who is second leading in goals in Serie A competitions. This is a solid lineup but Inter will need to keep Fiorentina’s offense shut down by stopping them early which means the defense needs to keep the pressure on them. Inter needs to create chances often to have any hopes to win this game.
After the wait this match would begin. Fiorentina would look to start things off with a bang early when near the ten minute mark Fedrico takes a left footed shot from outside the box is high over the crossbar. Minutes later Fiorentina would look to yet again put themselves on the board when Giovanni takes a header from the center of the box is to high. This match so far as been all Fiorentina in both getting chances and dominating the possession. Near the fifteen minute mark Cyril takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is wide to the right. Shortly Inter’s first chance of the match would come as Gagliardini takes a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Some time would pass as both teams would play a game of back and forth with the ball but near the twenty five minute mark Perisic would try and break the stalemate with a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Inter really need to create more chances and keep up the pressure on Fiorentina and keep them at a stand still.
With fifteen minutes to play in the half Cyril would yet again try and put the home side on the board with a right footed shot from the center of the box misses high and to the right of the goal. Shortly after Perisic would take his second chance of the match with a header from the center of the box is high with an assist from Cancelo with a cross. Davide of Fiorentina takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower left corner. Seconds later Vecino takes a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Giovanni Simone would yet try and put the home side on the board with a header from the center of the box misses to the left. With the final seconds of this half Giovanni would take a left footed shot from the left side of the box to have any hopes of taking the lead but his attempt would miss to the left. The half with both teams at 0-0. Inter need to get more chances next half and keep their minds in the match. Will things turn around for one of these teams in the second half only time will tell.
After the break this match would resume. A minute in Fiorentina would try and put themselves on the board Fredrico takes a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. A minute later Inter would break the stalemate when Icardi takes a right footed shot from the right of the box goes into the center of the goal. The score would now be 1-0 to Inter. After the sixty minute mark Jordan Vertout takes a right footed shot from the left of the box misses to the right. In the sixty fifth minute Dalbert would replace Mario. Near the seventy minute mark Fiorentina would look to even things up again when Federico takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is high and to the left. Shortly after Milan of Fiorentina takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Minutes later Milan Badeji would take another chance with a header from the center of the box misses to the left. In the seventy fifth minute Inter would make their second substitution of the match has Nagatomo comes on for Andrea. After the subbing Valero takes a header from the center of the box goes over the crossbar after a cross from Perisic. With eleven minutes to play Khouma takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked after a cross from Cristiano. Fiorentina is giving it all they got to try and scrap a point and shut down Inter’s title hopes. Perisic takes a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. Gagliardini would take a header from a difficult position on the right of the box misses to the right. This would come after a corner from Candreva. Candreva a minute later takes a right footed shot from a difficult angle also on the right of the box misses to the right. In extra time Fiorentina would get the much needed equalizer from Giovanni taking a left footed shot from the center of the box to the lower left corner. Inter would have one last chance to get the win when Icardi takes a header from the center of the box missing to the right. The match would end 1-1 and Inter would yet again drop points.
This match proves yet again how sloppy Inter’s defense is and how badly they need to improve. Also the offense needs to improve as well. In regards to the management of the team a lot of fans still back Luciano but some fans are starting to have their doubts and would like nothing more than to see him go. But for the time being they are stuck with him and need to support him and encourage him to do better. The man of the match goes to Icardi who scored the only goal for Inter at least securing them a point despite the point drop. After the break Inter will be back home as they welcome visitors Roma. The first time they would face them this campaign Inter would defeat them 3-1. Roma will look to get even while Inter looks to get back into winning form. The best Inter can hope for in this match is a draw as both teams are struggling as of late but regardless this is a highly anticipated match and anything can happen. As always FORZA INTER.
Man Of The Match: Marco Icardi (4)
By the numbers
Pass success 85%
Pass success 82%
Top of the table
Napoli 16-3-1 51pts
Juventus 16-2-2 50pts
Inter Milan 12-6-2 42pts
Lazio 12-4-3 40pts (One game in hand)
Roma 12-3-4 39pts (One game in hand)
Bottom of the table
Cagliari 6-2-12 20pts
Spal 3-6-11 15pts
Crotone 4-3-13 15pts
Bnevento 2-1-17 7pts