Score: Torino 1 Inter Milan 0
After a draw vs their derby rivals Inter travel to take on tenth place Torino. The last time these two sides faced each other they would each share a point has the score in that match ended 1-1. These teams when they face each other the match can go either way as each side in their last six matches have a two wins between each other and two draws. Torino look to at least move up in the league standings while Inter look to continue to hunt for the final Champions League spot. Currently the only threat to Inter getting that final spot in the Champions League spot separated by one point is third place Roma. Things that Inter will need to keep in mind when facing Torino is that they’ll use one of Inters weaknesses is the offside trap which is where Inter have been struggling a lot lately. They also need to keep their chances limited and they also score goals from using players individual skill. They also are good at stealing the ball from their opponents which is one thing Inter can’t afford to have happen as they need as many points as possible to hopefully get the final CL spot. The one thing is that they do struggle however with is protecting the lead so if Inter take the lead early they have a shot at winning the match. In way of playing style Torino defensively play aggressive against their opponents offense and will do anything to get the ball away from the opposition. Inter will need to play their possession style football and try to keep the match in Torino’s half so they don’t have any breathing space. Also they will need to avoid the offside trap so they don’t ruin any potential goal chances. If they do these things they can potentially win this match though when they face off against each other it can go either way. In the first half both sides came out strong with creating chances and maintaining a good pace throughout the half. But late in this half Torino would get a goal from Former Roma striker Adam Ljajic. The half ends with Torino up 1-0. In the second half both sides continue opening chances and Inter looking to at least salvage a point but their attempts would be unsuccessful has Torino win this match 1-0. This would be their first loss in quite awhile. This would be another road block in the hunt for the Champions League.
This week Inter stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation but with a player and one position as well. In goal is third in clean sheets Samir Handanovic. On defense is top defender for the club on left back is D’Ambrosio. On left and right center back are Miranda and a player who hopefully gets a contract extension at the summer transfer window is Milan Skriniar. Capping them of on right back is Cancelo. Up on the defensive mid switching sides is the dynamic duo of Gagliardin and Brozovic who continue to work well together in this position and they also work together in fluidity as well. On the attacking side is where we see the player switch, On the left wing is secondary goal scorer of the club who has nine goals and eight assist for the club this season Perisic. Replacing Rafinha in the center mid field is Valero who is getting his first start in quite sometime hopefully the fresh legs help out Inter this week. On right wing is none other than Candreva. Up top is none other than the Inter scoring beast striker Icardi who has over 103 career goals in Serie A competition. This is a solid lineup but a few players they need to keep an eye out for is Belotti who is one of Torino’s top goal chance takers along with Ljajic these players can cause Inter problems if they are not careful. On defense one player there that might give them problems is Morreti who is good at cutting through teams offense. If they can keep these players in check this match a draw is the best they can hope for but the three points would definitely be needed as the hunt for the final CL spot continues. But as mentioned earlier when these two face off it can go either way.
The players take the pitch has this match commences. Early on the home side Torino look to start things off with a bang when nearly five minutes into the match Baselli takes a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. Seconds later Inter look to try and score has Candreva takes a right footed shot of his own from outside of the box as well is saved in the center of the goal. Shortly after near the ten minute mark Falque takes a left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right. Two minutes later Icardi takes an attempt from the center of the box is blocked after a cross from Candreva. Both sides are doing a great job creating chances and Inter are doing a great job dominating the possession of the ball. Icardi a minute later takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the upper portion of the goal. Ljajic takes a right footed shot from outside the box is to high. Both teams look evenly matched despite Inter owning possession of the ball. Candreva who has done a great job creating chances in this match takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the top right corner of the goal. After the twenty minute mark Candreva yet again steps up and takes a right footed shot from the outside the box is to high after a free kick from Valero. Now with fifteen minutes left to play Candreva who has been all business the whole match takes another attempt with a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Minutes later Belotti takes a right footed shot of his own from the right of the box is close but misses slightly to the right of the goal. Moments later Candreva takes a right footed shot again from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. In the thirty seventh minute the deadlock would be broken has Ljajic takes a right footed shot from the left of the box has the ball lands in the lower left corner of the goal. This put Torino up 1-0. Inter need to capitalize and soon or this match can easily leave their grasp. Minutes after that stellar goal from Torino Icardi hopes to even things back up with a left footed shot from a difficult position on the left misses to the right. With that the half would end with Torino up 1-0. Inter needed to continue creating chances and holding Torino’s offense to a standstill and look to capitalize on those chances. If not it’ll be lights out for Inter in this match-up.
Former Roma Striker Adam Ljajic Does them a Favor as He gives his Torino side the first half lead.
After the break the second half begins with Torino looking to maintain or add to their lead while Inter look to even things up at the least to at least get a point. Five minutes into the half Brozovic looks to be the one to even things up once again for Inter with a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. A minute later Lorenzo of Torino takes a header from the left of the six yard box goes to high after a cross from Ljajic. A few minutes later Lorenzo takes another shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Before the sixty minute mark Rafinha would replace Candreva which is Inter’s first subbing of the match. Moments later Skriniar takes a header from the center of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Despite dominating the ball Inter are struggling to capitalize on the chances they’ve been taking which can cost Inter to drop a position if they don’t get things fixed. D’Ambrosio some time later attempts a shot with a right footed shot from the outside the box but that chance misses to the right. In the sixty eighth minute Inter make their second substitution of the match with the young star of the club Karamoh replacing Valero. Two minutes later Rafinha takes a left footed shot from the left of the box hits the post. With six minutes left to play things aren’t looking good for Inter they need a miracle to at least get a point but Simone of Torino takes a left footed shot is saved in the top center of the goal. Two minutes later Karamoh takes a right footed shot from the outside the box goes to high. With three minutes to play Inter make their final subbing of the evening with Ranocchia replacing D’Ambrosio. Torino in the ninetieth minute have one last chance to add to their lead with Nicolas taking a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. With that the match would end with Torino getting the three points and giving Inter their first loss in a few weeks.
Inter leave Torino Devastation as Inter drop to 5th.
Inter in this match would fail to jump to third place and take over the final Champions League spot. However due to a Lazio win later in the day Inter would drop down to fifth as both Lazio and Roma sit above them. There was a pro and several cons of the match. The cons are that Inter had a hard time shutting down Torino’s offense and preventing them from taking chances on goal. Which if Inter could’ve prevented this match could’ve ended in at least a draw. Also they struggled with being caught offside which a Inter fan said it’s a infectious diseases for Inter has it continues to plague them. Also they struggle to capitalize on goal chances. However the only pro was they did a great job maintaining the ball and keeping the dominate possession throughout the match. The man of the match goes to Candreva who was the most consistent player today. He pretty much was the only player taking chances when he got the ball and did a great job in taking the ball from Torino when he got the chance. Next week Inter travel to take on ninth place Atalanta where the last time they faced off Inter win the match 2-0. But based on Inter’s inconsistent performances this match can go either way. So who knows how this one will turn out. But until next time FORZA INTER.
Man Of The Match: Antonio Candreva (3)
By the numbers
Pass Success 84%
Pass Success 76%
Top of the table
Juventus 26-3-2 81pts
Napoli 24-5-2 77pts
Lazio 18-6-7 60pts
Roma 18-6-7 60 pts
Inter Milan 16-11-4 59pts
Bottom of the table
Cagliari 8-5-18 29pts
SPAL 5-12-14 27pts
Crotone 7-6-18 27pts
Verona 7-4-20 25pts
Benevento 4-1-26 13pts