Inter Edges past Chievo as hunt for Champions League continues #38

Score:Inter Milan 2 Chievo 1

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Marcantonio,Bentegodi
Verona,Italy

Last week after thrashing Cagliari Inter travel to Verona to take on 16th place Chievo. The last time these two sides squared off Inter would thrash them in the first half of the campaign with a score of 5-0. Inter look to do the same to them again with that final Champions League spot still up for grabs while Roma and Lazio leading the hunt. So at this point it’s anybody’s game. So all points matter now. Chievo however look to move up in the table to hopefully get a better position in the table. In their last six matches Inter have won 67% of the matches against Chievo. Inter have failed to score in their past three away matches. But they do however have clean sheets in seven out of their last eight matches. Their opponents Chievo have failed to win seventeen out of their last nineteen matches in Serie A. There really aren’t many strengths except being good at protecting the lead when they get one. But they do however have several weaknesses they can exploit. Just like Inter they do struggle with being caught offside often throughout the match which Inter can use to their advantage. They struggle to defend the ball against skillful players/teams and long has Inter keep the pressure on offense this will probably be a non issue. Chievo playing style is they attack with long balls and they play with the whole width of the pitch. They also attempt crosses often. On the defensive side of things they do well at defending the ball in their own half. This looks like a easy win for Inter but anything is possible. In the first half Inter would dominate in the possession aspect of the match but both sides would be evenly matched in way of goal scoring chances. Inter will really need to step up if they want those much needed three points. In the second half things heat up has Inter get two goals one from the captain Icardi and the other from Perisic. Despite Chievo getting a consolation goal Inter hold on for the 2-1 victory.

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This week Inter go back to using the 4-2-3-1 formation after two weeks of using the 3-4-2-1 formation. On defense on left back is none other than top defender D’Ambrosio. In the center is Miranda and the best addition to the Inter defense since the start of the season Skriniar. On right back capping them off Cancelo. On the defensive mid you have one half of the dynamic duo Brozovic and replacing Gagliardini on the other half due to an injury in the last match Valero. On the attacking mid field on the left wing is secondary goal scorer and who is also tied for seventh in assist and eleventh in goal scoring Perisic. In the center is who has been a great addition to the club after being sent to Inter on loan from Barcelona Rafinha. On the right wing is Inter Milan youngster Karamoh who is getting his first start in quite sometime. Up top is none other than the Inter scoring beast Icardi who leads second in overall goals this season with Lazio Immobile having two more goals than Icardi. This is a very solid lineup which can easily beat Chievo however players they need to keep an eye out for is defender Radovanovic and on the attacking side Inglese who is good at taking scoring chances. But overall this should be a easy win for Inter but as stated earlier anything can happen especially as the season winds down.

 

After the players take their positions this match gets underway. Five minutes into the half Inter look to start things off with a bang has Cancelo takes a right footed shot from outside the box after a free kick from Rafinha is close but misses to the left. A few minutes later Brozovic takes a right footed shot of his own from outside the box is blocked. So far Inter are dominating this match in both possessions and scoring chances. Minutes later Chievo get their first chance of the half when Manuel hits the post after a right footed shot from outside the box after a set piece situation as he nearly scored. Seconds after Nenad takes a header from the center of the box is saved by Handanovic in the top left corner. A minute later Inter yet again look to give themselves the lead with Perisic taking a right footed shot from the center of the box misses going over the crossbar. Now this match is more even in way of scoring chances but Inter still are dominating the possession of this game. They need to continue the pressure on their opposition if they want to win this thing. A few minutes later Emanuele takes a right footed shot from the right of the box his attempt is saved in the top center of the goal. Some time would pass as both sides play keep away with each other but after the twenty minute mark the Inter youngster Karamoh takes a right footed shot from the right of the box is close but misses to the left. For sometime their wouldn’t be any real action until close to the forty minute mark when Fabrizio takes a left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower right corner of the goal. In the final minute of the half both sides would have one final chance to score the first from Chievo has Manuel takes a left footed shot from the left of the box is saved in the lower right corner. Seconds later Inter look to to take the lead with Perisic taking a left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. With that the half ends with both sides at a deadlock of 0-0. If Inter have any hopes of winning they need to take more scoring chances and capitalize on them and keep Chievo offense at a standstill so they don’t get chances of their own. However they’re doing a great job at maintaining the possession of the ball. If Inter can focus they may possibly win this match.

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After the intermission the match reconvenes with both sides trying to score. Early on in the half Roberto of Chievo looks to put the home side on the board with a header from a close range misses slightly to the right. A minute later Brozovic takes a right footed shot from a difficult position on the left of the box is saved in the top center of the goal. So far this match is fairly even in way of scoring chances though Inter still own dominate possession of the ball. Seconds later Brozovic takes a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the lower right corner of the goal. A second later with the rebound Icardi takes a right footed shot of his own from the center of the box right to the back center of the goal giving Inter the 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later Fabrizio takes a right footed shot to even things up from over forty yards out on the right wing is saved in the center of the goal after a headed pass from Roberto. A minute later Perisic takes a left footed shot from the center of the box lands in the center of the goal putting them up 2-0 with thirty minutes left to play. A few minutes later Emanuele takes a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. In the sixty seventh minute Inter make their first substitution of the match has Santon replaces Karamoh. After the seventy minute mark Nicola takes a right footed from outside the box is blocked. Seconds later Ivan takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked as well. In the seventy seventh minute Vecino replaces Valero. A minute later Rafinha takes a left footed shot from the left of the box is saved in the lower left corner of the goal. With eight minutes left in this match Santon takes a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. In the final two minutes Inter make their last subbing has Candreva replaces Perisic. In the final minute Mariusz takes a right footed shot from the center of the box lands in the lower left corner making the score 2-1. Seconds later Chievo would try to get at least a point with nenas taking a right footed shot from the left of the box misses to the left with that the match ends with Inter winning 2-1 and getting the much needed three points.

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This was a much need win for Inter despite it not being a major blow out. Right now all points matter but even though Inter won today due to a Roma and Lazio win in their respective matches Inter find themselves in fifth position which is good for a Europe spot which is better than anything. Inter have a tough few matches ahead Udinese, Sassuolo, Juventus, and Lazio to play this season. There are a possible eight out of twelve points in my opinion in these next four matches. Things that Inter still need to work on is not being caught offside which is costing them valuable chances. Also they need to continue improving on shutting down their opponents offense and also finishing scoring chances. The man of the match goes to Rafinha who was consistant the whole match and did a great job taking chances and helping on assist where the chance arrived. Hopefully he gets signed on for the long term because he’s been a great asset to the team and it would suck to see him go after just half a season. This comes in wake of him saying him wanting to be a on the squad for the foreseeable future. Next week Inter face a real chance has they take on table leaders Juventus at home the last time they faced off they held each other to a draw. The best Inter can hope for is another draw with them but the three points would be nice has the hunt for the final Champions League spot hanging in the balance. But no matter what as always FORZA INTER.

Man Of the Match: Rafinha (1)

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By the numbers

Inter Milan

Possession 60%
Fouls 9
Assist 2
Shots 11
Pass success 84%

Chievo

Possession 40%
Fouls 11
Assist 1
Shots 13
Pass success 77%

Top of the table

Juventus 27-4-3 85pts
Napoli 26-6-2 84pts
Roma 20-7-7 67pts
Lazio 20-7-7 67pts
Inter Milan 18-12-4 66pts

Bottom of the table

Chievo 7-10-17 31pts
Crotone 8-7-19 31pts
SPAL 5-14-15 29pts
Verona 7-4-22 25pts
Benevento 5-2-27 17pts (Relegated)

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