It's difficult to express through words how crucial this game is for Inter. It could be the fine line that separates a difficult spell from an all around mediocre season. It doesn't mean that if the Nerazzurri lose this game they will surely finish in 9th or 10th place this May, but it does mean that they need to turn things around as soon as possible after a series of bad performances, which may cost the club the possibility to play in the CL next year.
With the winter transfer market ending without Inter making any key signing, the team now only has to focus on the football that is actually played on the field, without having to worry about all the speculation the media make during the silly period. Unfortunately now they will try to blame some kind of cracks inside Inter's locker room to justify the sudden and maybe unexpected downturn in performances since the Lazio match, even if there are no evident signs of such things.
Personally I don't care too much about who Mancini decides to put on the field, and how they will line-up. What I want to see to be happy, apart from winning the game, is a squad that play for redemption. Eleven players (plus subs) who want to show they are worth much more than what they showed in the past three matches, that they have been suffering from wounded pride because of those losses. Because they want to win again for them and for the fans.
Chievo Verona and Inter have at least one thing in common: both were crushed by Juve last week. Inter lost 3-0 in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals, while Chievo conceded 4 goals against the Bianconeri on Sunday. Both are looking for a reaction, making an already quite interesting clash even more worth watching.
Mancini won't sit in his usual place for this match because of the ban he was given for his actions during and after the Derby on Sunday, but he still have the hard task of choosing which players will play. Ausilio, who answered the media's question in the pregame press conference, gave a big, but expected, hint about who will surely be on the pitch from the very first minute against the flying donkeys: Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian striker, whose exclusion from the starting XI for the Derby caused some discontent among Inter fans, will probably pair up with Eder, who will play his second consecutive match after being acquired by Inter less than a week ago. The rest of the line-up, a part from the untouchables Miranda and Murillo, is a guessing game, even if the chances of seeing Brozovic and Jovetic on the field from the get-go are very low, considering the poor display they gave against AC Milan.
Projected Starting XIs
Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio?, Miranda, Murillo, Telles?; Melo?, Medel, Kondogbia?; Eder, Icardi, Perisic?;
Chievo: Seculin; Cacciatore, Dainelli, Cesar, Gobbi; Rigoni, Radovanovic, Castro; Birsa; M'Poku, Inglese;
How to Watch
TV: beIN Sports (U.S. & Canada), Sky Calcio 2, Premium Calcio 1 (Italy)
Online: Fubo TV, beIN Sports Connect (U.S. & Canada), Sky Go Italia (Italy)