When: Sunday, September 25, 9:00am ET / 3:00pm CET.
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy.
It looks like De Boer's tactical ideas have finally crawled into the busy minds of his players, resulting in exciting wins and a moderate amount of good football which is an impressive result after a little more than a month of coaching. The Juve match has been the epitome of that but despite the win, some fans were still reasonably worried that what they saw was just an isolated case due to the caliber of the opposing team. Fortunately, even though there is still a long way to go to reach the level of domination FdB wants from his team, the midweek game against Empoli left no doubt that the squad is on the right path to became a relevant contender for the Scudetto for the first time since the Mourinho days. And it feels really good to say it.
This Sunday the Nerazzurri will have the chance to win their fourth consecutive Serie A match, keeping up with the other top teams in the league and building the much needed confidence to win even more games both in Italy and Europe. Bologna are not the scariest of the opponents, yet it would be stupid to think it will be an easy match against them. They're a solid and very well coached team — Donadoni is extremely underrated as a manager — who can count on a few interesting players like the former Inter striker Mattia Destro or the young and promising Simone Verdi. The Rossoblu have collected nine points in 5 matches so far, alternating a win (against Crotone, Cagliari and Sampdoria) and a lose (against Torino and Napoli) every week.
Our midfield creative genius Ever Banega should return in the starting XI this week after serving a one match suspension for the red card he was deservedly shown in the final minutes against Juventus. Joao Mario and Geoffrey Kondogbia, with the help of Gary Medel, did a good job against Empoli of disrupting the opposition play and starting the maneuver so I wouldn't really care if De Boer chooses to use the same midfield against Bologna too. Finally, it looks like Cristian Ansaldi has recovered from the knee injury he suffered during the preseason and he could be chosen to start the match at the expense of Davide Santon. He may not play the whole match tomorrow but De Boer, as he stated during the pre-match press conference, is confident that he is ready to start the game. Brozovic instead, will not take part to this match too after his undisciplined behavior against Hapoel, and will remain excluded from the squad for the third match in a row. Gabigol was on the bench already on Wednesday but he didn't have the chance to make his debut. This Sunday could be the right time for him to make his first appearance and fulfill what he called "a dream come true".
Predicted Starting XIs
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Murillo, Ansaldi; Medel, Joao Mario;; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi.
Bologna (4-3-3): Da Costa; Torosidis, Gastaldello, Oikonomou, Masina; Dzemaili, Nagy, Taider; Verdi, Destro, Krejci.
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1 HD, Premium Sport 2 (Italy); RAI International, beIN SPORTS USA (USA).
Online: Sky Go (Italy); beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (USA); BT Sport Extra ; fuboTV.