No doubt Luciano Spalletti will take the point at the Allianz Stadium as Inter Milan drew 0-0 with Juventus in the first half of the Derby d’Italia Saturday. The win keeps Inter’s streak of games without a loss at 18 going back to last season.
Here’s a look at our player ratings for what could be considered an ugly game for the Nerazzurri, but one where they escape with a point.
Samir Handanovic: 8.5
Handanovic picked up where he left off against Chievo, making brilliant saves against Juventus’ offense that kept Inter on its heels for most of the game. Handanovic had eight saves including a strong attempt by Mario Mandzukic. Handa proved why he remains the best shot-stopper in Serie A.
Milan Skriniar: 7
One of the best pickups during the summer transfer season continued to impress, going toe-to-toe with Mandzukic and even moving forward to apply some pressure on Juventus’ defense.
Joao Miranda: 7
While he’s been pretty quiet most of the season, the Brazilian defender anchored the Inter defense that halted the continuous pressure applied by the Old Lady throughout.
Danilo D’Ambrosio: 6.5
Despite the yellow card — of which were handed out like candy against the Nerazzurri today — D’Ambrosio held down the right side and was able to contain Kwadwo Asamoah, at least in the first half.
Davide Santon: 6
Santon was able to start things on the left, but had little to no help. Had issues with passing — but then again so did Inter’s entire midlfield. Was forced out with an injury midway through the second half.
Borja Valero: 7
Let’s be honest, for most of the game, our midfield looked abysmal. This is not necessarily attributed to Valero who actually had a 96% passing success rate. But, most of his passes resulted in little in terms of starting plays.
Matias Vecino: 6.5
This may be a little harsh of a rating, but I think Vecino’s aggressive style of play is going to be the bane of Spalletti’s existence. It is going to happen at the wrong time in a game and we are going to pay for it in a big way. He has to improve his marking and his 84% passing is not going to get it down in the midfield.
Antonio Candreva: 6.5
Candreva struggled against Juventus’ pressure, giving the ball away directly twice. Still had a better passing percentage (91%) than Vecino, but both have to be better … much better.
Ivan Perisic: 6.5
Again, this could be a little harsh, but Perisic was nowhere to be found for the first half and limited in the second. I’m not sure if that is because Juventus knew how to play him, or if Perisic was not creative enough to get space. No crosses from Perisic means little play in the box for Inter.
Marcelo Brozovic: 6.75
I tick Brozovic a little higher than Perisic and Candreva only because he seemed to have the best shot at goal in the second half. Otherwise, it was still pretty lackluster from the entire midfield from Inter.
Mauro Icardi: 6.75
I’m not sure you can lay a lot of blame for a lack of offense on the feet of Icardi simply because he had very few … and I mean very few … chances at goal. In fact, he had just one shot on goal, which is very uncharacteristic.
The Brazilian came on after Santon fell injured in the second half. He seemed to be very active on the right and even seemed to frustrate Juan Cuadrado, dispossessing him four times in the short time on the field.
Roberto Gagliardini: 6.5
Gagliardini came in for Candreva late in the game, but still showed a lot of fire coming off the bench.
I only rate this because to not rate would be to ignore the fact that Éder came on for Icardi late in the game with the result still not settled. That was a bit of a surprise, but it yielded nothing negative … or nothing positive.
Luciano Spalletti: 7
At the end of the day, Spalletti and the Nerazzurri have to be happy coming out of Turin with a point, especially when you consider just how much Juventus pressured most of the game. Still, the substitution of Icardi for Éder late in the game was a bit surprising. Perhaps he was hoping the fresh legs would be a difference-maker. Alas, they weren’t. That all said, Spalletti was able to keep his defense in the game and that proved to be the difference in the tie.
It is hard to not rate the Slovenian as the Man of the Match here. He is the best keeper in the league and showed it with some spectacular saves against a very dangerous Juventus offense. Take this into consideration: He has allowed just three goals in the last six games and just eight goals in the last 10.
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