Inter’s thrilling come-from-behind victory over AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico may have only been two weeks ago, but it certainly feels like the positivity surrounding the club after their opening two victories to start the season has dampened. A relatively quiet transfer deadline day and a lengthy international break can do that to a team.
While it was great that several Nerazzurri players had the opportunity to represent their countries, and even better to see Mauro Icardi score his first senior goal for Argentina, the international break was not all good news for Inter. Most notably, the club lost its newest fullback Joao Cancelo, who sustained an injury while training with Portugal. Injuries are part of football, but as fans, it’s somehow easier to accept an injury if it occurs on Inter’s watch rather than a national team’s.
Inter may be a man down after the break, but there’s nothing they can do about that now. The club must return their attention to picking up where they left off with Sunday’s home match against newly promoted SPAL.
While Serie A’s newsiest minnows may have been a relatively unknown entity entering the season, the Ferrara-based club is off to an impressive start. SPAL held Lazio to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico in their first top-flight match since 1968, and then followed it up with a 3-2 victory over Udinese at home. Four out of six points to start the year is extremely impressive achievement for a newly promoted team. As a result — and given the potential for some post international break rust — Inter cannot afford to take their opponents lightly this Sunday because this match has “trap” written all over it.
With that in mind, Inter manager Luciano Spalletti has called upon the fans to voice their support loudly and proudly for the lunchtime clash on Sunday. If rumors are any indication, nearly 60,000 Interisti could be in attendance at the San Siro for the match. Here’s hoping the players give them a reason to cheer!
While it would be foolish for Inter to overlook SPAL and this match, it’s worth noting that the club have a favorable fixture list this month. Inter’s next four league matches will be against Crotone (A), Bologna (A), Genoa (H), and Benevento (A). While none will be easy, each is a “winnable” match for the Nerazzurri, and frankly vital before the club face a Milan Derby and trip to Naples in back-to-back mid-October weeks.
All of this is to say that Inter have an opportunity to resume their league campaign on a high note with a win against SPAL on Sunday. Anything less would be a disappointment. It’s now up to Spalletti and his players to make it happen.
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza; Milan, Italy
Time: 12:30 p.m. CEST (6:30 a.m. on the U.S. East Coast)
TV/Streaming: In the United States, the game is available on fuboTV and beinSPORTS Connect, while in the UK it will be shown on BT Sport 1 HD. Click here to find out where you can watch the match everywhere else in the world.
Inter Milan Squad
Goalkeepers: Handanovic, Padelli, Berni.
Defenders: Miranda, Dalbert, D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Nagatomo, Ranocchia, Vanheusden.
Midfielders: Gagliardini, Joao Mario, Vecino, Borja Valero, Brozovic.
Forwards: Icardi, Eder, Perisic, Candreva, Karamoh Pinamonti.
Likely Starting XI:
(4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Dalbert; Borja Valero, Vecino; Candreva, Joao Mario, Perisic; Icardi.
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