Not even Inter Bells would give Interisti a reason to celebrate after the Nerazzurri fell apart in the second half and succumbed to two goals in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Udinese Saturday at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Aside from a Mauro Icardi equalizer 71 seconds after Udinese took a 1-0 lead, Inter Milan suffered from missed chances in the first half and poor midfield play in the second. Here’s a look at how we rated players from our first loss of the season:
Samir Handanovic: 6
Normally a stalwart between the sticks, Handanovic fell victim to Udinese’s luck in the first half after Kevin Lasagna’s toe poke to give the visitors the lead, and really poor transitional play in the second half.
Davide Santon: 5.5
Santon earned a spot in Luciano Spalletti’s starting line up, but Saturday showed there may be question for that decision. Santon was at the bad end of both Udinese’s first two goals. A bad pass gave Lasagna his opportunity in the first half and a poor decision to stick his arm out and make contact with the ball led to a penalty in the second.
Joao Miranda: 6.5
I have to give Miranda some credit as he took a beating at the hands of Udinese. He went to ground on numerous occasions through no real fault of his own. That said, it isn’t like he hasn’t been guilty of doing the same thing.
Milan Skriniar: 6.75
Skriniar had one great header chance that was just inches away from the back of the net. On defense, Skriniar continued to show signs of why he was one of the best pickups for the Nerazzurri in the offseason, but it was not enough.
Danilo D’Ambrosio: 6.5
Failed to impress during the entire game. Did help press the issue on the wing in the first half, but seemed to all but disappear in the second half. Never seemed to find any rhythm.
Borja Valero: 6
Was probably the better of our midfielders today, which isn’t saying a whole lot. Continued a strong pass success percentage (95%) and was only dispossessed once. Did have an interesting shot at goal in the second half that failed to connect.
Matias Vecino: 5.5
Speaking of rhythm, Vecino had none today. Passes were picked off and normally physical, Vecino seemed to be manhandled in the center. Earned his fifth yellow card which means he will be out against Sassuolo next weekend.
Marcelo Brozovic: 6
Had one of the worst pass success rates of any player this season at 76%. Did have a couple of shots from distance — of which I am still kind of scratching my head as to why — but never seemed to be in position to clean up any trash left behind 18 yards out.
Ivan Perisic: 6.5
Perisic struggled to find space, but did make a few solid attempts on goal. Some would have connected if the Croatian was a field goal kicker since they sailed well over the cross bar. Lacked any solid crosses, especially in the second half.
Antonio Candreva: 6.75
May have been the best player on the squad today. Tried repeatedly to create opportunities with crosses from the right, but you have to credit Udinese’s defense for putting a foot in front of them or crowding the box to leave little chance for finishing.
Mauro Icardi: 6.5
Didn’t have many chances after his stunning equalizer 71 seconds after Udinese took their first lead. Had few touches in the second half thanks to a lack of crossing attempts by Inter’s wings.
Roberto Gagliardini: 6
Was a good decision by Spalletti to bring on Gagliardini early in the second half after noticing his midfield was getting pounded. However, Gagliardini did little to stop that.
Yann Karamoh: 6
I think this kid has the potential to be special and I think Spalletti sees it too. Quick with the ball, but still a little undisciplined. Played decently forward when he came in, but wasn’t able to create many chances for himself, or anyone else.
Normally, Éder comes in when the game is decided. This time, he had an opportunity to come in and make a difference, especially against a team he scored a brace against last season. But, alas, much like the rest of the team, there were little chances created.
Luciano Spalletti: 6.5
Spalletti made a good decision to bring in Gagliardini early in the second half, but he failed to impress. There was very little Spalletti could have done to stop things from happening in the second half, but it will be interesting to see how he and the team respond from two back-to-back lackluster performances.
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