Inter denied points in Turin as Mandzukic goal showcases Juventus’s dominance #94

Score:Inter Milan 0 Juventus 1 FT

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Allianz Stadium
Turin Italy
Following their draw against Roma Inter travel to Turin Italy to take on unbeaten and table leaders Juventus in a late weekday matchup. Juventus are coming off a win against Florentina. Inter last week have been showing signs of their former selves with leaving gaps in the defense and the offense is starting to have a hard time finishing scoring chances despite being the more consistent part of the team. They are also letting careless mistakes cost them points. Juventus on the other hand have been consistent all season in all aspects of the match from offensive to defensive they are a solid all around team and who show no signs of letting up. The last time these two sides faced each other Juventus won the season sweep with a draw and a win against Inter. In their past six matches Juventus has won 50% of the match compared to Inter’s 33% and only one match ended in a draw. In this match Inter have their work cut out for them in this match. Juventus don’t have any real weaknesses that they can use against them so they’ll need to shut down their strengths early on in the match if they have any hopes of pulling away some points. For one they will need to stop them from creating scoring chances and since they do this through a bunch of areas such has long balls, direct free kicks and aerial duels they need to protect the whole pitch and they’ll need to get the ball away from them as well. Offense wise they need to avoid offside and to finish scoring chances. To be honest Inter will need a miracle if they have any hopes of winning this thing. In the first half of the match both sides did a great job creating scoring chances and defending the ball holding each other to stand still going into halftime. The second half would be just like the first until the midway point of the half as Juventus breaks the tie as Mandzukic scores and gives them the lead but Inter could not recapitalize as they lose this match 1-0.

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In this match Inter continues to utilize the 4-3-3 formation from last week against Roma. In goal is Handanovic who has seven clean sheets for the season. On the defense on left back is Asomah. In the middle is Miranda replacing Devrij from last week and next to him is the man who has found his home at the club Skriniar and on the position of right back is Vrsalijko. On the defensive mid on left wing back getting another start this season is Mario who is slowly getting back into form as he was left out of the lineups for the club for quiet some time. In the center is epic Brozovic who has helped the club not just defense wise but offensive as well creating scoring chances and assisting the team where needed. On right wing back is Gagliardini. On the attacking side of things making the switch back to left winger is Perisic who as been coming under intense scrutiny for remarks of him wanting to play in the EPL and also from fans for under performing as of late. In the middle is top goal scorer the beast Icardi. On the right wing is Politano. This is a ok lineup but they need to be aware of Ronaldo who is a strong player and who will do everything in his power to make sure the team he plays for comes away with those three points.

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After the players took their spots and bets were completed this match gets underway. Inter looked to get on the board early as Mario from outside the box takes a right footed shot but his attempt gets blocked. Minutes later Juventus get their first chance of the half as young Dybala hooks a left footed shot from the left of the box but Handanovic quick reflexes saves it in the top left corner. Two minutes later Bonnuci takes a header but the ball misses the goal to the left. Nearly fifteen minutes in Vrsalijkp takes a shot from outside the box but is saved in the lower right corner. Both sides have done a great job so far keeping each other on their toes and keeping this match so far to a draw. With seventeen minutes left to play in the first half Dybala lands a header from the center of the box but the ball misses to the left. A minute later Gagliardini hits the woodwork with a left footed attempt from the center of the box. Shortly after Perisic from the center of the box takes a right footed attempt but the ball goes to the right of the goal. This match as been so far back and forth action. Cristiano Ronaldo a minute later takes a right footed shot but it gets blocked. Seconds later Chiellini from the center of the box takes a header but is saved in the top right corner. Juventus have now become the stronger side in this match creating more chances and holding lead of the possession. Ronaldo following a headed pass from Rodrigo takes a right footed shot from outside the box but this time gets saved in the lower right corner of the goal. Two minutes later Chiellini steps up again taking a header the ball goes to the right and over the crossbar. In the final two minutes of the half Blaise takes a header of his own from the center of the box but it gets blocked with that the half ends with both teams at a stale mate. If Inter can’t create more chances the best they can hope for is a draw.

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Following the break this match resumes with both sides trying to get those much needed three points but at this point a draw is better than anything. Just like the first half Inter looked to get on the board as Politano takes a left footed shot but gets blocked. Minutes later Dybala from the center of the box takes a shot with the left foot but it goes our the crossbar. Near the sixty minute mark Inter make their first subbing as Valero comes on for Politano. Following the subbing Ronaldo misses a shot from outside the box. A minute later Perisic following a cross takes a header but goes to high on the left hand side. Mario two minutes later from outside the box takes a right footed attempt but it gets blocked. Rodrigo a few minutes later misses a right footed shot from outside the box now this match is pretty much even in scoring chances and possession now this match is anyone’s game. In the sixty sixth minute the deadlock is broken as Mandzukic lands a header from a close range to the top center of the goal giving Juventus the 1-0 lead can Inter comeback with the equalizer. A few minutes later Inter make subbing number two as Balde replaces Gagliardini. With fifteen minutes left in the match Inter look to get things back on even terms as Perisic from the center of the box takes a header but it gets blocked. Shortly after Inter make their last subbing as Martinez replaces Mario. Martinez after coming on the pitch takes right footed shot from outside the block misses the goal to the left. Now with ten minutes left in play Balde tries to give Inter at least a point with a shot from the center of the box but his shot gets blocked as well. Ronaldo with five minutes to go looks to add to Juventus lead with a right footed shot but it gets blocked. In the final minute Martinez tries to salvage a point for his side with right footed shot but it misses to the left with that Inter lose this match 1-0 as Inter may be hitting that dreaded December curse fans do not want to see again.

 

 

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To be honest this result I saw coming as Juventus are a strong team and they prove time and time again why they’re the seven time Scudetto winners. They show great defensive skills along with offensive as well they are all around a phenomenal team and they always do what is needed to get the three points. Inter have a long way to go to even be considered Scudetto contenders again. Defensive wise they struggled to keep Juventus contained as they were getting majority of the scoring chances despite them getting back on even possession with them. Offense wise they struggled to finish scoring chances and create them. Tactic wise they made a huge mistake putting Valero on instead of keeping Politano on the pitch as he’s the stronger player and is good at creating chances and assisting with them. The man of the match goes to Cancelo as he helped his side secure the win not only by defending the ball well but did a great job assisting his team on the offensive side of things. Next match Inter travel back home to welcome visitor Udinese the last time they faced each other Inter destroyed them in a 4-0 shut out if Inter can shake this loss off this match should be a win for them. As always until the next one

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By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 50%
Shots 12
On target 1
Passes 459
Pass success 86%
Juventus
Possession 50%
Shots 18
On target 5
Passes 445
Pass success 82%
Top of the table
Juventus 14-1-0 43pts
Napoli 10-2-2 32pts
Inter Milan 9-2-4 29pts
Milan 7-4-3 25pts
Lazio 7-3-4 24pts

Bottom of the table
Udinese 3-4-7 13pts
Empoli 3-4-7 13pts
Bologna 2-5-7 11pts
Frosinone 1-5-8 8pts
Cheivo 0-5-9 2pts

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