Tactical errors and Atalanta’s Domination leads to point split at Stadio d’Italia #35

Score:Atalanta 0 Inter Milan 0 

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Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
Bergamo Italy

 

After failing to beat Torino and also failed to take over third to get a Champions League spot Inter take on ninth place Atalanta. The last time these two teams squared off Inter defeated them 2-0. The goal for Atalanta is to move up in the table to hopefully overtake the seventh spot which is separated by two points as Atalanta have forty eight points and the seventh place Fiorentina have fifty points. While on the other side of the coin Inter dropped to fifth place after losing their match against Torino. This comes after a Roma loss and them moving to fourth and a Lazio win moving them to third. Inter look to try and over take them both and get in that much needed  final automatic Champions League spot but as the matches go on and time running out it’s now or never for them to make their move or the worst case scenario they get in the Europe League which is better than last season as last year by just one point their derby rivals Milan would get that spot which if you support Inter or any club seeing your rivals finish above you even if it’s just a point is heartbreaking. Things that Inter will need to do if they have any chance of shutting down Atalanta are keeping their chances limited as they are good at taking them. Also they’re good at stealing the ball away from their opponents which is one thing the offense needs to keep in check. They also are great at coming back from losing positions so Inter need to get a solid lead and fast to make it difficult for Atalanta to comeback from it. They do however struggle with defending against skillful players which is one thing they can exploit. But since Atalanta are playing at home this will be a tough match for Inter but the best they can hope for is a draw. In the first half Atalanta would be all over Inter by dominating the possession and continually taking scoring chances and holding Inter to a stand still. In the second half Atalanta continue their onslaught on Inter as the match ends in a point split.

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This week Inter change to the 3-4-2-1 or the Christmas tree formation as one of my friends calls it. On defense on left back is Miranda on center back who Inter fans hope get a contract extension is Milan Skriniar who has been a great asset to the club and on right back is their main defender D’Ambrosio. On defensive mid is On left wing back is Cancelo on left and right center mid are Vecino and Gagliardini. On right wing back getting his first start in over two months Santon. On the attacking mid is left winger Perisic who is secondary goal scorer for the club and who is the top five players leading in assist. On the right wing is Rafinha who has shown interest at staying at Inter after his loan is up at the end of the campaign. Up top is the Inter scoring beast Icardi who has over 100 Serie A goals. This is a terrible lineup they should’ve stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation to have that extra defender and extra midfielder. Since Atalanta is at home it will be a challenge for Inter as they are good at defending their home turf. On Atalanta they need to keep an eye on Gomez who is a great goal chance taker and will try and score often and on defense who is good at his job is Caldara who is known for giving players problems. Also they need to keep an eye on De Roon as well. The best Inter can hope for is a draw but the three points right now are crucial.

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After the players take the pitch this match gets underway. Early on the home side Atalanta looks to get on the board early with Caldara taking a left footed shot from the center of the box is to high. A few minutes later Gomez takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is close but misses slightly to the left. So far the home side are dominating Inter. Fifteen minutes in Atalanta yet again step up and try to get on the board with Toloi taking a right footed shot from the center of the box goes high and to the left. Inter need to get something going or they might be handed another loss if they don’t turn things around and fast. Atalanta was all over them while Inter wasn’t fighting back Nearly twenty minutes is Inter get their first chance of the half has Rafinha taking a left footed shot from the left of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Minutes later Atalanta continue their onslaught has Freuler takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal by Handanovic. A few minutes later Musa takes a header from the center of the box is saved in the lower left corner. A minute after the thirty minute mark Perisic takes Inter’s second chance of the match with a left footed shot is saved in the top center of the goal. There would be a ten minute gap where each side would play keep away with each other but after forty minutes Atalanta continues to outclass Inter with Musa taking left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. A minute later Perisic takes a right footed shot from the right of the box is close but misses to the left. Two minutes later Bryan takes a left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. With that the half would end with a score of 0-0 and Atalanta owning Inter at every point of this half. If Inter do not start amounting an offense this match can easily be another loss for them in the books and this can easily cost Inter a Champions League spot they cant keeping counting on losses from Roma and Lazio. They need to start taking more chances and keeping Atalanta offense on lock down.

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Persic was mere inches away from the opening goal in a scoreless first half.

 

After the break the match resumes with Inter trying to get something started while Atalanta look to continue to shut down Inter. A few minutes into the half Andrea takes a right footed shot from the right of the box is blocked. This shows how poor Inter are in this match. Not taking many chances and having huge issues shutting down Atalanta’s advances. Nine minutes later Santon takes a right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Several minutes later Icardi takes a header from the center of the box is high and to the right. A minute later Rafinha takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is wide and to the left as well. In the seventy second minute Inter make their first subbing of the match has Eder replaces Rafinha. Near the eighty Robin takes a left footed shot from outside the box goes to high. A few minutes later Eder steps up and takes a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the lower left corner of the goal. Even in this half Atalanta have dominated Inter despite them now owning the possession of the ball. With five minutes to play Bryan takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked and seconds later on a rebound Martens takes a right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Minutes later Perisic takes a header from the center of the box is close but misses to the left it would be Inter’s best chance of the game. Shortly after Eder takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. A minute later Perisic takes a right footed shot from the left of the box is blocked. Shortly after Karamoh replaces Santon a good change by the manager. In the final minute Atalanta look to get a win with a right footed shot from Hans but his attempt would miss high and to the right. The match ends with each side getting a point and a score of 0-0.

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Atalanta doing a job on Persic as Inter leave Atalanta in frustration 

 

Was this a well earned point the answer is clearly not. The way Atalanta was playing they could’ve easily won this match. Lady luck was definitely with Inter as a worse result could’ve happened. But they’ll take all the points they can get. This was a piss poor performance from Inter they lacked the defensive capability to prevent Atalanta from creating scoring chances. Also they struggled to create chances of their own. Also tactical errors and miscommunication was also to blame as well. If Inter don’t secure either a Europe or Champions League spot Spalleti’s job may be on the line especially since Inter were in title contention but dropped to fifth after seven straight -winning matches. Inter seriously need to wake up if they have any hopes of a CL spot which at this point may not happen. The man of the match goes to Miranda who was consistent all match and tried his best to shut down Atalanta’s advances. Next week Inter take on 14th place Cagliari where in their previous meeting in the first half of the season Inter win that match 3-1 hopefully they get a similar result again because the season is coming down to the wire and all the points count. As always FORZA INTER.

Man Of The Match: Miranda 

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By the numbers

Inter Milan

Possession 52%
Shots 10
Fouls 5
Assist 0
Pass Success 76%

Atalanta

Possession 48%

Shots 16
Fouls 14
Assist 0
Pass Success 76%

Top of the table

Juventus 26-3-2 81pts
Napoli 24-5-2 77pts
Lazio 18-7-6 61pts
Roma 18-7-6 61pts
Inter Milan 16-12-4 60pts

Bottom of the table

Cheivo 7-9-16 30pts
SPAL 5-12-14 27pts
Crotone 7-6-19 27pts
Verona 7-4-20 25pts
Benevento 4-1-26 13pt

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