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Inter Milan 0-0 Juventus: One point at a time

In a cold autumn night in Milan, Inter and Juventus played one of the most meaningless Derby d'Italia of all time.

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The only good reason for an Inter supporter to watch their team this season is the fact that, somehow, the Nerazzurri sit in second place in the Serie A right now. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement, especially in terms of chemistry, but the complete lack of good decision making and creativity in the midfield it's surely a concerning issue at the moment and the incredible amount of talent in the offensive department it's not enough to overcome this deficiency.

Let's talk about the actual game for a minute. Mancini decided to put Brozovic back in the starting XI in place of Kondogbia - who is struggling to adapt to the Serie A - and the Croatian rewarded his coach with a pretty solid first half performance. He even hit the crossbar with an amazing curling shot from a short corner. Jovetic played well too, even though he was recovering from a muscular injury, and he almost scored when Murillo found him with a through ball inside Juventus' area, but Chiellini was quick enough to intercept his shot. These were Inter's only goal scoring chances for the match, not enough to worry Juve's experienced and always alert defense.

Murillo's match may have been one of his best so far at Inter, if it wasn't for two huge mistakes that could have led to two easy Juventus goals. The first one occurred when he tried, unsuccessfully, to dribble past Zaza who stole the ball from him, passed it to Cuadrado, whose shot was somehow saved by Handanovic; the second one was when he left Sami Khedira all alone inside the box trying to help Miranda defending Morata, who served the German and then he hit the post from an unbelievably short range, fortunately.

Overall the match was ok, especially when we think of other Inter matches this season, but surely everyone expected a lot more from the Derby d'Italia, historically one of the most exciting match of the Serie A. The first half was promising, with good chances for both team, but the second one one showed both teams' flaws and was way less entertaining.

I think that Mancini should be happy of the point earned tonight, because the Old Lady is always a difficult opponent to face, even if they are playing their worst football of the last five years. Plus, Brozovic showed that he can contribute to the cause and Jovetic seemed to have recovered well from the injury which made him miss two games before the international break.

On the other hand Mancini should be worried by the fact that the team is not showing any sign of tactical growth from the first matches. There is still a lot of time for that, sure, but after 8 games this squad are playing the same, slow and predictable football, which is rather unspectacular and ineffective against solid teams. Inter needs to be Pazza, like their anthem says, and they have the right players to do it, but they haven't found a way to let their craziness out..yet.