Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza; Milan, Italy
The season is now twelve matches in and this is generally around the time where people can really start to look at teams and evaluate how they have been performing so far. Looking at Inter right now makes for some pretty happy viewing, the team is joint top of the table and a match against 18th placed Frosinone looks like an easy three points to keep that streak going.
With most expecting a win from this match, the focus is being shifted to the team's performance, most notably in attack. In the twelve matches so far this season Inter have only scored twelve goals, and the attack has been pretty stagnant so far; with Icardi looking especially isolated and frustrated. Rumors have even began to surface of a potential move for last season's top scorer, though it seems that Inter would reject any bids for the young hitman. Regardless, the team needs him to start scoring again, and that requires better linkup play with Jovetic and better service from the wingers and midfield.
Mancini has a near full squad available, with only Vidic out and Santon unlikely to play as well. Kondogbia is also a little unclear as to if he will be match fit so he will be evaluated before the match. Frosinone's manager released his starting 11 during his press conference so there should be no uncertainty there.
This is the perfect match for the attack to start clicking. Mancini has had some time over the international break to look into his tactics and tweak things, and Icardi was in Milan during the break so he will have had extra time to work and get used to the new playing style. A win is fully expected, preferable one that isn't 1-0. Now is the time to see if Mancini can find that right balance between attack and defense.
Projected Starting XIs
Inter: Handanovic; Telles, Murillo, Miranda, D’Ambrosio; Brozovic, Felipe Melo, Guarin; Perisic, Icardi, Jovetic
Frosinone: Leali, Crivello, Diakite, Blanchard, Rosi; Paganini, Sammarco, Gori; Soddimo, Castillo, Ciofani.