When: Wednesday, October 26th 2:45pm ET/ 8:45pm CET
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy.
If reports in Italy are to believed Frank De Boer must win this game to keep his job. I’m not sure if I believe the new owners are that fickle (maybe I’m just hoping they aren’t) but regardless the team needs a win. Badly. The wheels are starting to fall off this Inter campaign already and both the manager and players seem lost.
At this point it’s not just the fact that the results aren’t coming it’s the fact that nobody seems to know what to do out on the pitch. I’m not ready to start declaring that De Boer should be sacked but we do need to see a return to a genuine tactical structure and gameplan. 5th placed Torino should be a challenge, but a club like Inter theoretically should be able to beat almost anybody when the players are properly instructed and motivated. With De Boer’s job on the line let’s hope he gets things right.
De Boer defended his choice not to use Ever Banega in the Atalanta loss during his pregame press conference but it is very likely the Argentine playmaker will start in the game against Torino. He continued to say that Gabriel Barbosa needs time to get used to Italian football and that might be the case but I am sure the young attacker is getting frustrated not getting any time on the pitch when he could have stayed in Brazil until the winter and played as much as he wanted. Things could get interesting if his entourage starts making noise publicly.
With Medel suspended for the next three matches plus Felip Melo still injured, Geoffrey Kondogbia or Assane Gnoukouri would typically play, but some reports suggest FdB might go without a defensive midfielder and use a two man midfield of J. Mario and Brozovic.
Predicted Starting Lineups
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanović; Ansaldi, Miranda, Murillo, Santon; João Mário, Brozović; Candreva, Banega, Éder; Icardi
Torino (4-3-3): Hart; Barreca, Castan, Rossettini, Zappacosta; Baselli, Valdifiori, Obi; Belotti, Falque, Ljajic
How to Watch
TV: Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 2, Premium Calcio 1 (Italy); beIN SPORTS USA (USA)
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