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Finding a few positives from general mediocrity

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Another weekend and yet another lackluster, scrappy performance from Inter. But just like last weekend's game away to Crotone, three more points to Inter! No one watching this game would come away satisfied with what they saw and the light jeers and boos from the 50,000 plus at the San Siro underlined this as much. I won't go into too much depth about the game performance as that will be covered by other members of our SoM team, so let's get straight to the match grades.

Handanovic: For the most part this game was pretty uneventful for the Inter keeper. He made two great saves in the 43rd and 78th minutes from Taarabt and Omeonga respectively. It was pleasing to see he had his concentration up all game long even though he did not have that much to do for long stretches.

Rating: 7

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D'Ambrosio headed in the all-important goal to give Inter victory
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D'Ambrosio: Scoring the winning goal most certainly made up for an otherwise pedestrian performance from the Inter right back. He was completely caught napping in the 47th minute when he allowed Laxalt all the freedom in the world to waltz in and take a shot that only narrowly missed. Coming to the goal - he did well rising high above his markers and getting enough of a contact to direct the ball into the bottom-right corner of the goal. Just shows what a good corner delivery can do and makes you wonder why we kept mucking about with short corners all match long!

Rating: 8

Skriniar: Another great game for the young Inter defender and will no doubt become a fan favorite (if he isn't already) in the near future if he keeps this up. Showed a lot of class and did not have to take undue risks to snuff out a number of Genoa attacks before they could become threatening. Given that we only scored a solitary goal, the fact that our defense was able to keep the opposition scoreless makes his contribution all the more vital.

Rating: 7

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Miranda (pictured) and Skriniar have helped Inter's defense become much more solid
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Miranda: Before this game, all the talk was about Genoa's teenage sensation Pietro Pellegri but Miranda made sure he let his young opponent know who is boss this time around. The Brazilian showed good positioning sense and did not let his relative lack of pace get him into trouble. One of the biggest positives from this season could be the mentoring that Skriniar receives from an experienced campaigner like Miranda in live match scenarios.

Rating: 7

Dalbert: We all know about his excellent speed and he used it often to get him out of trouble particularly against the persistent Omeonga. Having said that, his crosses from wide areas left a lot to be desired. He is also not on the same wavelength as Perisic and on more than one occasion ended up dwelling on the ball instead of whipping in a first-time pass, allowing the Genoese defense to regather itself.

Rating: 6

Valero: This was a game begging to be taken by the scruff of its neck and Inter's midfield was just unable to do that. Valero did a lot of running and put in the odd decent ball into the box but he did not make enough of an impression overall and the lack of creativity from midfield is becoming somewhat of a worry. He was taken off in the 72nd minute to be replaced by Karamoh and that pretty much summed up what Spalletti thought of his performance as well.

Rating: 5

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It was a frustrating afternoon for Brozovic and rest of the Inter attack
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Brozovic: The quality of Inter's delivery from corners up until the last ten minutes of the game was truly awful. The fact that Inter's game winner came from a corner is minor miracle, looking at what had gone on before that. One of the chief culprits of wasting multiple opportunities from corners was Brozovic. I really hope it is back to the drawing board with the short corners idea. Outside of that, it was a frustrating afternoon for the Croatian. He was unlucky to not score at the stroke of half-time when his shot struck the upright. However, a good bit of hustle play would be followed up with a poor give away or a rushed pass. In spite of all this he looked like one of the few players who might somehow score a goal. He was eventually subbed off around the 80th minute mark to be replaced by the more dynamic Joao Mario. One expects more imagination in midfield from Brozovic and a lot more consistency.

Rating: 6

Candreva: Candreva's performance symbolic of Inter's attack. He continued to struggle with poor delivery from the wide areas and was unable to dribble past opponents like he is normally able to. He did track back and help out D'Ambrosio in defense which was refreshing to see. Spalletti also swapped the positions of his two wide men and it would be interesting to note if a more fluid setup would leave opponents guessing and provide more attacking opportunities to Inter in future. He was substituted for Eder at the 60th minute mark to light jeers from the San Siro faithful.

Rating: 5

Vecino: An energetic run from deep in our own half leading to the Brozovic shot at the end of the first half is the one positive memory of Vecino's performance in this game. Outside of that he was mostly invisible and showed hesitation whether in taking shots at goal or making a quick first-time pass. Spalletti is going to have to think of ways to rejuvenate our attacking game and inspire confidence in the likes of Vecino.

Rating: 5

Perisic: Inter's in-form man almost scored a spectacular goal in the 1st minute of the game. Had that gone in, we could well be talking about a very different 90 minutes. However, with that chance missed this was probably his least impactful performance of the season. There were some flashes of brilliance while dribbling past opponents and tracking back to help in defense but nothing of substance. This was a game that Perisic could have shown himself to be a real leader and he was unable his elevate his performance when the rest of his attacking teammates were struggling.

Rating: 5

Icardi: If Spalletti is looking for a match clip to inspire the rest of his squad to greater things, he needs to look no further than the 25th minute when the Inter captain ran almost the entire length of the pitch and put in a vital interception in his own penalty area to almost certainly save Inter from going 1-0 behind. Icardi also spent a vast majority of the game deeper than his usual position, perhaps frustrated by the lack of service from midfield. However, this often resulted in turnovers and misplaced passes. All of this running perhaps took a toll on his match sharpness, as his usual sublime touch was lacking on a few occasions late in the game. Cannot fault Icardi for effort and a striker like him really depends on service to conjure up a goal.

Rating: 6

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Eder came on in the 60th minute and showed dynamism and intent that was sorely lacking up until that point
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Eder: Came on for Candreva in the 60th minute and was his usual energetic self. There was a definite increase in tempo after his introduction. He did not score a goal but came much closer to doing so than those around him. Had a wonderful shot on goal in the 73rd minute and was almost through on goal before Omeonga pulled him back on the stroke of 90 miutes. Eder's substitute appearances and Inter's late game heroics cannot be a mere coincidence and Spalletti perhaps considers him to be a more integral part of the squad now than when the season first started.

Rating: 8

Karamoh: Replaced Borja Valero in the 72nd minute. This game showed glimpses of his abilities through pace and dribbling, as well as his inexperience via some quizzical passes. It was his shot from the edge of the area that won the corner leading to the goal. Kudos to him for having the courage to take on the shot unlike some of those around him who demonstrated hesitation up to that point.

Rating: 7

Mario: This was a real cameo appearance for the Portugese as he had less than ten minutes to make a difference. But make a difference he did – providing the delivery from the corner that D'Ambrosio scored from. Didn’t have time to do much more.

Rating: 7

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Spalletti while happy with three points was clearly unhappy with the team's performance
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Spalletti: The attacking display will no doubt leave him worried and the fact that we seem to have made a habit of ugly displays rather than the one-off poor performance is all the more cause for concern. His expression at the end of full time clearly showed his displeasure. However, the team kept plugging away and perhaps had belief that the goal would eventually come, and this might give him some joy. The defense also seems solid at this point. The substitutions seemed to be spot on as they increased tempo and two of the three subs had a role to play in the goal (directly or indirectly). However, why does it take until the final 20 minutes for the team to spark into life? That's a down mark for the coach and Inter certainly cannot take this approach into games against better opposition.

Rating: 7

Man of the Match: Eder

This was probably a match where no Inter player truly deserved this award. We made heavy work of defeating a team that's struggling in the relegation zone but if one has to be given then the introduction of Eder was the turning point in the game. Inter Milan edged up from first to third gear and not much higher but a lot of that is down to him. The rest of the starting eleven would do well to feed off his effervescence and start games with a similar level of intensity that we finish them.