Score:Udinese 0 Inter Milan 4
After losing to Juventus last week Inter travel to Udine to take on fourteenth place Udinese. Back in the first half of the season Udinese would hand Inter their first loss of the season with a score of 3-1 . With that Inter would go on a seven match downward spiral where they went from first in the league standings and title contention to droping to fifth in the standings. Between that time Inter have found themselves bouncing between fifth and third place looking for that final Champions League spot. But with last weeks crushing loss to Juventus and Lazio winning their match the next day may have just slashed those hopes. If anything Inter are now gaurenteed a spot in the Europe League. In this match Inter will try and get as many points possible to comeback and secure the final CL spot and hope Lazio screw up though it’s not likely has they have a very solid four points they can get before their final meeting with Inter in the final match of the season. Inter will need to win their final three matches and they face two solid teams despite those teams positions. While Udinese look to move up in the table to get a better finishing position. Udinese have lost their last five matches at home this season. In their last three away matches against Udinese Inter have scored a average of two goals. Overall Inter are very domiate against Udinese with winning five out of their last six matches against them. There are no real strengths to mention about Udinese but they do have a few things they should keep an eye out on though. First they need to keep their chances limited despite being in fourteenth place they are a strong team and are to not be underestimated. But they do struggle to protect the lead when facing stronger opponents. Also they have a difficult time defending against skillful players like D’Ambrosio for example. They also struggle to defend against counter attacks along with struggling to defend down the wings and set piece situations. Their playing style attack wise is they like to take lots of shots and use long balls. Defensively they rotate their players and the do well defending their own half. Based on all this Inter can win this match but Udinese is a team not to fall asleep on the worst/best case scenerio is a draw. But with the final matches of the season every point counts. In the first half both sides created multiple goal chances but Inter dominated the half with three goals from Ranocchia, Rafinha and Icardi. Giving them a good cushion lead and the half ends 3-0. In the second Inter continue their dominance and add to their lead with a goal from Valero. Udinese would try and get a consolation point but Inter were just to strong and the match end 4-0 as it comes at a crucial time as the hunt for the final CL spot continues.
This week Inter stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation but there is two player switches that need mentioning. In goal is none other than Samir Handanovic who is second in clean sheets with Reina of Napoli having one more clean sheet over him. On defense on left back replacing D’Ambrosio is Dalbert who is getting his first start in quite sometime. In the center is the duo of Miranda and Ranocchia who is getting his fisrt start in quite sometime as well. Capping them off on right back and a player that Inter should consider signing at the end of the season Cancelo. On the defensive mid is Brozovic and Valero. On the attacking side on the left wing is secondary goal scorer and ninth in assists is Perisic. In the center is Rafinha who Inter should also sign he is replacing Vecino after receiving a red card in last weeks Juventus match. On the right wing sharing the tie for ninth in assist in the league is Candreva. Up top is none other than the Inter scoring beast Icardi who has a total of twenty seven goals this season. This is a solid lineup but they should’nt underestimate Udinese they are a great team who can catch you off guard if you fall asleep on them. Players they need to keep an eye out on is Danilo on defense and Lasagna, De Paul and Adrian who are their clubs goal chance takers and who will do anything to get their boys the three points. The worst case that can happen is getting a draw but anything can happen.
The players take the pitch as this match gets underway. Five minutes into the match Inter get the first scoring chance of the match as Perisic takes a header from the left of the box blocked after a cross from Cancelo. A few minutes later Candreva takes a right footed shot from the right of the box is saved in the lower left corner of the goal. Shortly after Icardi takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. In the 12th minute the dealock would be broken as Ranocchia takes a header from the left of the six yard box lands in the bottom right corner after a cross from Brozovic following a corner kick. This gives Inter the 1-0 lead. Two minutes later Udinese get their first chance of the match to bring things back on even terms when Seko took a left footed shot from outside the box missed to the left. Inter have done a great job maintaining possession and leading in the scoring chances. Nearly twenty minutes in Perisic takes a left footed shot from a long range is blocked. After the twenty minute mark Inter yet again look to add to their lead when Candreva takes a right footed shot from outside the box is high and to the right. Udinese need to amount an offense or Inter can be looking at a very easy win. In the twenty third minute Udinese look to even things up yet again as Seko takes a right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Minutes later Valero takes a right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Two minutes after Candreva takes a right footed shot from a difficult position is high and to the right. Inter are keeping up the pressure on Udinese and are doing a great job in doing whatever it takes to win this crucial matchup as the final CL spot is up for grabs. Near the forty minute mark Lasanga looks to get his boys on the board with a left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower right corner. A minute later Perisic takes a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Candreva after the forty minute mark takes a left footed shot from outside the box is high and to the left after a corner. With two minutes to play in this Inter dominatiing first half Rafinha takes a left footed shot from the center of the box lands in the lower right corner giving Inter now a 2-0 lead. Before the half ends Icardi gets one final chance to add to Inter’s lead with a right footed shot from the right of the box lands in the lower right corner giving Inter a 3-0 cushion with this the half ends with Inter dominating at every turn. If Inter don’t make any critical mistakes and they continue doing what they’re doing like keeping the pressure on Udinese offesnse and maintaining possession of the ball and continue taking chances this match is basically in the bag.
Icardi makes it 3-0 with his goal just minutes before halftime.
After the intermission the match resumes with Inter up 3-0 and looking to add to their lead or maintain the lead they already have while Udinese look to at least get on the board. Early in the second half Udinese get the first chance of the half as Lasanga takes a left footed shot from the left of the box is close but misses slightly to the right. After the fifty minute mark Lasanga takes another left footed shot from the left of the box misses this time to the left. Shortly after Dalbert takes a left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Udinese have heated up this half but Inter still maintain possession and scoring chances. Balic later on takes a right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. In the sixty ninth minute Inter make their first substitution of the match as Santon comes on for Dalbert due to an injury. Two minutes later Perisic takes a left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Seconds later with a rebound Valero takes a right footed shot from the center of the box lands in the lower right corner of the goal now making the score 4-0. Inter have done a great job keeping Udinese at a standstill despite them getting several chances of their own. Minutes later still trying to get a point at least to prevent a shut out Balic takes a right footed shot from the left of the box is close misses to the right. Near the eighty minute mark Inter make their next substitution has the Inter youngster Karamoh replaces Candreva. With six minutes left Inter do their final subbing as Eder replaces Rafinha. Icardi with five minutes to play takes a right footed shot from over 35 yards out is blocked. With three minutes left to play Inter get the final chance of the half as Karamoh hits the post after a left footed shot from the center of the box. With that the match ends in a 4-0 shut out as Inter dominated Udinese at every turn and they secure a crucial three points as the final CL spot hangs in the balance.
It was all business for Inter as the cruise to an easy 4-0 victory
This was a much win as the final CL spot is still for the taking. Inter did a wonderful job to shut down Udinese offense and did a great job cutting through their defense. However they still need to work on not being caught offside often. The last two final matches are critcal as they want to get as high in the table as they can. Out of the last two matches there are a resonable four points they can get. Due to a Lazio draw later in the day a point now seperates third and fourth is a point but Inter still trail 3rd place Roma by four. Inter need to win their next match and hope that Lazio lose to Crotone. Then in their final match with Lazio at least get a point out of that match to even secure fourth. But realistically in my opinion they’ll get in Europe. But anything can happen especially in the last two matches. The man of the match goes to Ranocchia even though he played defensively the rest of the match his opening goal set the pace for the remainder of the match. He did a great job defending the ball and making sure Udinese didn’t have any breathing room. As a team overall they did a great job today. Next week Inter take on twelfth place Sassuolo in their final home match of the season. The last time they faced off Sassuolo gave Inter their second loss of the season as they won the match 1-0. Hopefully Inter can get the win this time around and get those three points. But as usual worst case is they get a draw. As always until the next one Forza Inter.
Man Of the Match: Ranocchia (2)
By the numbers
Pass Success 88%
Pass Success 82%
Top of the table
Juventus 29-4-3 91pts
Napoli 26-7-3 85pts
Roma 22-7-7 73pts
Lazio 21-8-7 71pts
Inter Milan 19-12-5 69pts
Bottom of the table
Crotone 9-7-20 34pts
Udinese 10-4-22 34pts
Cagliari 9-6-21 33pts
Verona 7-4-25 25pts (Relegated)
Benevanto 5-3-28 18pts (Relegated)