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Inter Milan 3 - 0 Crotone: Player Ratings

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A late win, but a win nonetheless.

FC Internazionale v FC Crotone - Serie A Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

When was the last time this team had a clean, no-fuss win? A long time ago, probably. Yesterday Inter finally graced us with a late but strong win that keep them eight points behind Milan, whom they will face in two weeks after the international break.

Players

Samir Handanovic - N/A

Easiest match of the season for Handanovic who had to ask for the ball at the end of the match just to know how it felt holding it in his gloves.

Danilo D'Ambrosio - 6

We haven't seen him start in a Serie A match in a long time even though he has been on the pitch from the first minute in every EL game so far. He didn't make any major errors this time even though he was too careless while trying to start plays. He gave Inter the lead in the first half when he hurled on the ball after a Cordaz save, but the referee ruled it out because of an offside.

Miranda - 6.5

Precise and solid as usual. He always does exactly what he has to, and he always does it just fine. No-nonsense hero.

Andrea Ranocchia - N/A

Picked up a useless yellow early in the match but an injury forced him to leave the pitch after 20 minutes.

Davide Santon - 6

He tried to play less on the flank and more on the center to give Perisic more freedom on the left side and it didn't worked out as well as hoped. Always in the right place, Santon made less mistakes than D'Ambrosio but he also pushed forward a lot less than the other full-back.

Antonio Candreva - 6.5

No defender has figured out how to stop him yet. Unfortunately, he still has to figure out how to find teammates inside the box with the countless crosses he makes every time he is on the pitch. The effort is always there but with his abilities, he has to be way more precise.

Joao Mario - 5

I don't really know what happened to the old, no-nonsense Joao Mario. Maybe the fact that he has played in 3/4 different roles since arriving at Inter is giving him headaches but everyone expects a lot more from the Portuguese. Hopefully with the arrival of a new coach he will find a definitive position on the pitch.

Marcelo Brozovic - 6.5

Is Brozovic back? We all hope so. He showed a very high activity level yesterday and didn't settle for just being a playmaker of the team but he also helped the squad on the defensive end, finishing the match as the second best player in the recovered balls department. He is finally forcing his way back into the starting XI.

Ivan Perisic - 6

He should get two completely different ratings. He was almost invisible and useless for the first 80 minutes of the match, then he suddenly remembered how to play football again and scored the opening goal for Inter. A little inconsistent at times, but still one of the best players on the team.

Ever Banega - 5.5

He wasn't bad at all. We expect more creativity and accuracy from one of the best playmakers in the world though. He played way better in the second half and almost scored on a beautiful free kick that required a miraculous save by Cordaz to deny him the goal. Good, but not good enough.

Mauro Icardi - 7

He still needs to get more involved, because with his qualities we can only wonder the even more magical things he could do if he manage to touch the ball as much as he should. With the scarce chances he had he still scored a brace and even assisted Perisic for the other Inter goal. More of this Mauro, please.

Substitutes

Jeison Murillo - 5.5

He wasted an-anything-but-impossible headed chance and looked a little insecure every time he had to intervene on high balls. Vecchi preferred Ranocchia over him and also said that there's a reason for that.

Eder - 6

Very useful in the 30 minutes he played yesterday. He also served Icardi for the third and final goal of the match.

Stevan Jovetic - N/A

No impact from him after coming off the bench.

'Manager'

Stefano Vecchi - 7

Waiting for the appointment of a new, hopefully definitive, manager, Stefano prepared the team very well for this crucial match and the result fortunately came, even if everything happened in the last 10 minutes. Grazie mister for serving us in such difficult times and we wish you all the best for your work with the Primavera.