There were several impressive performances from both Napoli and Inter. Chances at both ends could not be finished as the fixture ended at 0-0. Who stood out for the Nerazzurri? Let’s find out.
Danilo D’Ambrosio - 7
Not a bad game from the 29-year-old defender. D’Ambrosio followed up on a Candreva ball in the early stages of the contest, but sent it wide of the net. The backline looked good today when trying to contain Napoli’s dangerous attack. D’Ambrosio held the likes of Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne from impacting the score sheet.
Miranda - 6
Miranda wasn’t really noticeable for me in this contest, and that might be a good thing. He was another key member of the defence that found a way to end Napoli’s perfect record. He took a yellow card in the 66th minute, but that kind of play seems almost expected from the Brazilian.
Milan Skriniar - 8
I thought Skriniar played his role well in this one. He wasn’t able to jump up as much in the offense because of the threat for a counter attack, but his defensive play was solid. The Croatian was one-on-one with both Mertens and Insigne on many occasions and still found a way to make sure their attempts went wide. Skriniar also completed around 85% of his passes today.
Yuto Nagatomo - 6
Nagatomo got the nod over his positional rival Dalbert in this key contest. He registered 2 shots, but wasn’t really producing much after that. I would’ve preferred the pace of Dalbert in this one, especially since Inter’s full-backs moved forward with the ball on some occasions.
Roberto Gagliardini - 6
Gagliardini’s passing wasn’t the sharpest today. He squandered a pass in the first half that could’ve progressed the play, but instead went out for a throw. His play got hindered by the other Inter midfielders today, which made him seem rather quiet when impacting this game.
Matias Vecino - 7.5
Vecino probably had the best chance of the game for Inter to start the second half. He got around Napoli keeper Reina, but his chip attempt eventually got cleared away. He had 59 touches today and 85% of his passes were completed. Just a little more from Vecino on that crucial chance and Inter could’ve come away from this fixture with a win.
Antonio Candreva - 8
Candreva was all over the place in this one. He took more chances with the ball than most of the Inter’s squad, who seemed more conservative with possession. He played a good cross to Ivan Perisic early on, but Perisic put too much into the attempt and sent it wide. Candreva really was the best attacking player in this fixture.
Borja Valero - 7
Valero’s best chance came in the 41st minute came with some beautiful interplay between Inter’s attackers sent in Valero. He took a direct shot on Reina, who tipped the ball out. After the chance, he didn’t manage to catch my eye. He was brought off in the 70th minute.
Ivan Perisic - 6
Both Perisic and Icardi garnered the same rating in this one. They just weren’t able to do much because of Inter’s lack of quality chances. Perisic tried to use his pace and had some good interplay with his teammates, but couldn’t do much with it. If I had to pick who performed more between Icardi and Perisic, I’d likely give the nod to the Croatian. He looked like he was trying throughout the duration of this contest.
Mauro Icardi - 6
The hat-trick hero against Milan couldn’t find his scoring touch in this one. He had 2 shots, but I’m going to be honest and say that I couldn’t really remember a quality Icardi chance, which is a bit unusual. Both Mertens and Insigne proved how dangerous they really are. Icardi just couldn’t live up to it in this fixture.
Eder - 5.5
Eder came on for Icardi in the 86th minute. Just like the rest of the attackers, he couldn’t really do much. Napoli really came at Inter towards the end of the contest, which limited any attacking abilities for Inter Milan.
Joao Mario - 6.5
You could tell Spalletti told Mario to try and shoot more in this contest. He put a good chance wide of the cage from the midfield in the 70th minute. The fact that he tried to take matters into his own hands really shows some passion from Mario. He also had a really impressive international break with Portugal.
Joao Cancelo - 5.5
I can’t really make a solid judgement on Cancelo because he was brought on late. Plus, much of the game was played in Inter’s end in the final minutes, which impacted Cancelo’s touches.
Samir Handanovic - 9 (Man of the Match)
Handanovic was absolutely brilliant in this contest. Without him, Napoli would have easily put in 3 goals. His saves on Callejon and Mertens in the first half were nothing short of class, and they kept Inter in this contest. He extended his play all the way to the last minute by denying Mertens in mid air. World class performance from Handanovic, and probably his best this season.
Who impressed you the most in this contest? Anybody stand out? Who would you like to see start against Sampdoria? Let us know in the comments below!