Tactical errors cost Inter points as downward spiral continues Inter now winless in seven #26

Inter 1 Crotone 1
San Siro
Milan, Italy

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Struggling Inter after last weeks draw vs SPAL would travel back home and take on visitors Crotone. Crotone are coming off of a draw themselves as Crotone find are flirting with the relegation zone and hope to get far away from it. With title hopes having been slashed Inter are playing and are hoping for the final spot of the Champions League. The last time Inter faced Crotone they would go on to defeat them 2-0 and hope to do the same again. Both sides are struggling as of late with Crotone being relegation favorites while Inter who started the campaign red hot have been on a downward spiral since week sixteen. Both side are looking to get back on winning terms and get some of their momentum back. Things that Inter will definitely need to keep an eye on when facing Crotone is keeping their chances limited because if Crotone gets the ball and they’re able to capitalize on a opportunity they do a great job of protecting the lead and so far Inter as been struggling to keep the ball away from the opposition. Also they got to make sure to step up on the defending as well since one of the strengths of Crotone is they are excellent at stealing the ball. Besides all that Inter need to remain calm and focused especially when they’re under a lot of pressure as they tend to clam up and let costly mistakes get to them. If they can keep focused that is half the battle. Both sides are going to stop at nothing to get these vital three points. The first half would start off kind of slow with no real chances being taken until after the ten minute mark when Crotone would start opening chances for their side and look to take advantage early and set the tempo of the match despite Inter controlling the possession and chances game. Both sides would continue to open various chances when in the almost halfway point Inter would get on the board when Eder finds the back of the net and lands the ball in the top right corner giving the home side a 1-0 lead. Crotone would look for a equalizer while Inter tries to add to their slim lead. Both sides would keep opening chances despite not being able to capitialize on them. The half would end with Inter up 1-0. After the break Crotone heated things up as they opened up more chances despite the possession lead along with creating the most chances. Crotone look to get back on even ground and their chance finally came with thirty minutes left in play as Barberis lands the ball in the lower left corner. Now both sides are now in the hunt to win this match. Despite both sides creating great chances this match ends with a score of 1-1. This gives Inter seven consecutive winless matches as they continue to drop points.

Due to Icardi suffering a muscle injury during this weeks practice Spalletti would change formations from the usual 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 formation. Also there is some player and position changes as well. In goal taking his usual position is second in clean sheets after Allison of Roma Handanovic who has been doing everything in his power to keep the ball out of the goal and who has been one of the most consistent players of the season. On defense is where the first of the player and position changes. On left back Dalbert replaces D’Ambrosio who moves back to his usual position on right back. In between on left and right center back are Miranda and Skriner who has recently had interest from other clubs to buy him at the end of the season when his loan spell at Inter expires. The only way he can stay is if Inter decide and buy him themselves and make him a continued starter in that position. On right back as mentioned D’Ambrosio who has been the top defender for the club ever since he signed for the club. Up in front of the defense in the defensive mid the defensive duo of Vecino and Valero though they both would move over so Brozovic could join them. So on the right in this rare lineup is Vecino in the middle Valero and on the right Brozovic. Up on the attacking mid secondary goal scorer left winger Perisic who as struggled along with top scorer Icardi to find the back of the net as of late as well. In the middle is striker Eder in the middle taking over the striker position for Icardi. Capping them off on the right none other than right winger Candreva. This is a ok lineup the formation they should have stayed with the 4-2-3-1 formation put Eder in Icardi’s position and in the center mid put Barcelona loanee Rafinha on to get one more mid feilder out there who could set up more goal chances that and it would give him his first start for Inter and would give him more playing time and a better chance to see what he could do for the club. Players Inter need to keep a eye on are main goal chance takers on Crotone are Trotta, Barberis and Ceccherini if they keep these players chances limited they best Inter could get based on recent performances is a draw.

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On a early evening in the heart of Milan the players take their positions and this match gets underway. This match would start off slow as the players get a feel for the game and atmosphere. The first chance of the match arrives after the ten minute mark after a assist Barberis Ceccherini takes a header from the center of the goal is saved by Handanovic in the top center of the goal. Minutes later Trotta takes a left footed shot from outside the box is to high. So far Crotone has dominated in the scoring chances and are hoping to capitalize on one of them. Inter need to start creating chances and getting some offense going or this match can be easily dominated by Crotone. Finally at the fifteen minute mark Inter get their first chance of the match as Vecino takes a right footed shot from outside the box after help from Brozovic goes just over the crossbar. A few minutes later Crotone would string three amazing chances the first comes from Ricci taking a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Seconds later Trotta takes a left footed shot of his own from outside the box is blocked as well. After that Rolando comes off with a rebound with another left footed shot from outsdie the box is blocked. In the twenty third minute the deadlock would be broken when Eder takes a header from the center of the box to the top right corner assisted by Brozovic after a cross following a corner. This gives the homeside the 1-0 lead. All Inter need to do is add to their lead while Crotone looks to equalize. Some time would pass without further chances being taken until a little after the thirty minute mark when Martella takes a left footed shot from outside th ebox is blocked. Ten minutes later Dalbert takes a left footed shot from outside the box trying to add to Inter’s lead but his attempt misses to the right. The half ends with Inter being up 1-0. The next half Inter need to step up and take more chances and keep Crotones chances limited has they dominated them this half despite Inter leading in the possession. If they could add to their lead and hold Crotone off they might just win this match.

After the break the second half gets underway with Inter looking to add to their lead with Crotone looking to equalizer. The first chance of this half comes from Crotone as Trotta takes a header from the center of the box misses to the left after a assist with a cross from Ricci. A few minutes later Crotone would get that much needed equalizer as Barberis takes a right footed shot from the center of a box to the lower left corner. Minutes later Crotone looks to add to that equalizer with Nalini takes a right footed shot from the left of the box is blocked. Before the sixty five minute mark Inter make their first substitution of the match as Rafinha comes on for Candreva. Minutes after their substitution Inter’s first chance of the half comes from Perisic taking a right footed shot from the center of the box is to high. Crotone have dominated on getting chances the whole match despite Inter leading in possession. Inter have been stuggling to add to their lead or preventing teams from equalizing since week sixteen. D’Ambrosio with twenty minutes left to play takes a left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the in the bottom right corner. Minutes later the second subbing for Inter occurs when Cancelo replaces Dalbert. In the same minute Skriniar takes a left footed shot of his own from the center of the box is blocked. Trotta would yet again step up for Crotone with a left footed shot from the left of the box is close but misses to the left. In the same minute Inter make their final substitution of the match when Karamoh comes on for Brozovic. With eight minutes left can one of these sides get the much needed three points. Perisic takes a header from the left of the box is blocked. In the final minute both sides would try and seal the deal the first coming from Inter with Perisic taking a right footed shot from the left of the box missing to the left. The final chance for Crotone comes from Ricci with a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. The final whistle is given as this match ends 1-1 giving Inter seven consecutive matches with dropped points.

Yet again Inter are only getting a point out of this match which they’ll take but this is another unacceptable performance. The first person to blame in this horrendous match is Spalletti if he stuck with the usual formation and added another mid fielder to the lineup who could create chances and give Inter a better chance of winning it would’ve been the best option. When it comes to the players some look like they want to play for the club while others look like they have no interest being there. The players who want to be there however are doing whatever is needed to get a victory while the ones who don’t want to be there give mediocre performance after mediocre performance which is a slap in the face of the fans who dish out their hard earned money to one day see another Scudetto only to see the same old garbage week after week. If Inter have any hopes of even securing a Champions League spot the defense needs to work on keeping the opponents covered while trying to take the ball away from them. Also they need to make sure they keep a eye on any open pockets and fill them to prevent the opponent from sneaking by them. On offesnse they are doing ok creating chances but they look like they can’t even hit a barn door majority of the time. If they can start capitalizing on chances they can possibly get back onto winning track though it looks like a dream at this time. The man of the match is yet again Handanovic who is still showing consistency throughout the match despite the ball getting past the defense which leaves the goal open for the opponent to take a chance and the ball slipping past him but he’s doing whatever he can despite the situation, Next week Inter welcome visitors Bologna the last time they faced each other the score was 1-1 which based on recent performances may be the same result yet again. Hopefully Inter can wake up if they do they need to do it fast. Until next time as always FORZA INTER.

Man Of The Match: Samir Handanovic (9)

By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 63%
Assist 1
Shots 11
Fouls 14
Pass Success 85%
Crotone
Possession 37%
Assist 0
Shots 11
Fouls 8
Pass Success 70%

Top of the table
Napoli 19-3-1 60pts
Juventus 19-2-2 59pts
Lazio 14-4-5 46pts
Inter Milan 12-9-2 45pts
Roma 13-5-5 44pts

Bottom of the table
Sassuolo 6-4-13 22pts
Crotone 5-5-13 20pts
SPAL 3-8-12 17pts
Verona 4-4-15 16pts
Benevento 2-1-20 7pts

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