Despite valient efforts Inter play to a stalemate at San Siro against Atalanta. #146

Score:Inter Milan 0 Atalanta 0FT

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San Siro, Milan

 

 

 
Following their much needed win against Genoa Inter host visitors Atalanta who are coming off a win of their own. Inter look to keep their lead as Milan sit four points behind them while Atalanta are in a dogfight for a spot in the Europa League. The last time these two sides faced each other Atalanta won the match winning 4-1. Overall these sides are evenly matched. Inter look to also keep their winning ways alive as well. In this match will need to focus on finishing those scoring chances which they’ve gotten better with but there is always room for improvement. Defense wise they need to block Atalanta’s scoring chances as they are strong goal chance takers and they utilize the whole pitch especially the wings to create them. They will also need to block their chances that get close to the goal. They can also utilize the offside trap to detour some of those chances as well since they struggle in this area. This match will more than likely end in a draw but win wise it can go either way as they’re evenly matched. In the first half both sides were looking for the opening goal as both side created chances but Inter were the only side finishing theirs. But in this half the possession was held by Atalanta. The half ended with both sides scoreless. The second half would later get underway but in this half Inter took advantage of the ball possession. Both sides continued to fight valiantly for those three points. Despite both sides efforts this match ends in a 0-0 draw as Inter move up five points from fourth.

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This week Inter stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation. In goal is Handanovic who has been a key anchor for the club being the captain this club needed. On defense on left back is Asomah. In the middle is Miranda followed by Skriniar who have started working well together but Devrij and him are still the stronger center. Then finishing them off on the right is D’Ambrosio. On the defensive mid is Brozovic and Gagliardini. Gagliardini as slowly gotten better as a player again though there is room for improvement. He is one of those players who doesn’t score much but when it counts he makes it happen. On the attacking side of the spectrum on the left wing is Perisic who is hit and miss more miss as of this season. In the middle is Vecino which is cornered off by Politano. Up top is Icardi who more than likely will be out come seasons end. This is a solid lineup and with Zapata out the only player they need to worry about is Ilicic.

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This match gets underway following bets and predictions. Things started off alow as the first chance of the match wouldn’t come until the seventh minute as Gagliardini following a cross from Persic connects a shot from the right of the box gets blocked. But seconds later on a rebound chance Politano takes a shot of his own but it gets blocked as well. But Politano wasn’t going to be denied the opening goal seconds following his first shot takes another shot but this shot misses well to the left of the goal. Inter despite not having posession of the ball they have done a great job creating chances and finishing them. They have done a solid job defending the ball as well making sure Atalanta aren’t getting much room to work. Two minutes later Vecino from outside the box takes a shot after a header pass from Icardi but it gets saved in the top left corner of the goal. Ten minutes in is where Atalanta get their first chance of the match as Ilicic gets a shot from the right of the box blocked. Seventeen minutes later Ilicic takes another chance which is blocked as well this time from outside the box. A minute later Mancini from the center of the box is blocked Atalanta have started stepping up their attacking game as they are getting chances of their own but they have yet to finish any of those chances however. Twenty minutes in Pasalic takes a header which misses the goal on the left. Twenty three minutes Inter are forced to make their first substitution of the match as Brozovic gets injured and coming on for him is the ninja Radja. Seven minutes later Pasalic takes a header but the ball misses over the top right corner. Inter wouldn’t get another shot until after the thirty minute mark as Icardi from the center of the box takes a shot which is saved in the lower left corner of the goal. With a minute left in the half Politano sets up two great chances his first attempt from the right of the box is blocked while the second is saved in the center of the goal with that the half ends scoreless. If Inter can keep up their pressure on Atalanata they can possibly come away with a win.

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Following the break this match resumes. Gomez three minutes into the half misses a shot from a close spot inside the box. Five minutes later Hateboer from the center of the box takes a header which goes to the right of the goal. This is followed up by a shot from De Roon as he takes a shot from outside the box but it gets blocked. A few minutes later Gomez after a direct kick misses a shot from outside the box. Sixty six minutes in Inter make their subbing number two as Valero comes on for Gagliardini. Minutes later from the center of the box gets a shot saved in the center of the goal. Inter in this half as taken hold of the posssession and are still the only side to finish their scoring chances. With thirteen minutes to play Inter make their last subbing of the match as Keita comes on for Politano. This is followed up by a header from Icardi but the ball misses to the left of the goal. With a minute left Inter had one final shot to win the match as Vecino gets a header shot blocked with that the match ends in a draw as both sides salvage a point. This now puts Inter up five points above their rivals Milan.

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Inter should’ve won this match based on how many chances they finished while Atalanta finished none of theirs. There is no excuse to why they couldn’t have pulled off the win. But a point is a point at the end of the day. The man of the match is Politano who created a few good shots and finishing them. He also made assist where needed. Defensive wise he is good at blocking chances and stealing the ball when it’s needed. Inter in their next match travel to take on relegation side Frosionone who Inter beat at the start of the seaon. They will look to take the season sweep away from them. 

By the numbers
Inter Milan
Possession 55%
Shots 10
On target 4
Passes 513
Pass success 83%
Atalanta
Possession 45%
Shots 9
On target 0
Passes 422
Pass success 81%

 

Top of the table
Juventus 27-3-1 84pts
Napoli 19-7-5 64pts
Inter Milan 17-6-8 57pts
Atalanta 15-7-9 52pts
Milan 14-10-7 52pts

 

Bottom of the table
SPAL 8-8-15 32pts
Empoli 7-7-17 28pts
Bologna 6-9-15 27pts
Frosinone 5-8-18 23pts
Chievo 1-11-18 11pts

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