When: Sunday, October 23rd, 9:00 ET/ 15:00 CET
Where: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo, Italy.
According to 99% of Italian media and newspapers, before Thursday's match Frank de Boer already had a foot and a half out the door. Now after the win, he just has one. This is yet another evidence of the treatment that the journalists reserve for our team. I mean I'm not contesting the fact that the Southampton match, despite the win, wasn’t a good enough performance to completely exculpate FdB but I do not understand why his position should be in jeopardy in first place. He started coaching this mess of a team two months ago, started the season when he didn't even know all of his players’ names, taught the team how to play and even defeated Juventus. Yes, the results have been a bit of a disappointment at the moment, especially in Europe, but the quality of De Boer's work with the squad it's crystal clear, even though it hasn't always translated to three points on the pitch so far.
In the EL Inter has partially redeemed themselves from the abysmal start and now it's time to start getting good results in Serie A again too. This weekend they will travel to the near city of Bergamo to face the other Nerazzurri in a must-win match for the Milanese Nerazzurri, who have already lost too many points against average or sub-par teams. The season is long and no spot is out of reach, yet, but things need to start click soon or it will become really hard for Inter to hit the goal of reaching the CL they set for themselves before this season.
During the pre-game press conference, De Boer was asked about the possibility of seeing Brozovic and/or Barbosa on the field tomorrow. He didn't explicitly answer the question, of course, but he said that Marcelo played a good game on Thursday, especially discipline-wise, which is a main focus for FdB and his assistant at the moment. About the Brazilian he said that there are a lot of things he still needs to learn, in particular when he doesn't have the ball, so it will be hard to see him play tomorrow.
There shouldn't be drastic changes to our formation, even tough we could see Eder on the right flank in place of Candreva, who might be a little tired from the many consecutive matches he played.
Predicted Starting XIs
Atalanta (3-5-2): Berisha; Masiello, Toloi, Konko; Conti, Grassi, Kessiè, Freuler, Dramè; Petagna, Gomez.
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; Ansaldi, Miranda, Murillo, Santon; Medel, Joao Mario; Eder, Banega, Perisic; Icardi.
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD (Italy); beIN SPORTS USA, RAI International (USA).
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