Inter’s winless run in Serie A was extended to five games on Friday evening as Fiorentina snatched a late draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Mauro Icardi’s second-half goal looked set to give the Nerazzurri a vital victory to kick-start their second half of the season, but ultimately it wasn’t to be as compatriot Giovanni Simeone found the equalising goal at the beginning of stoppage time.
Below you can find our player ratings from the big match in Florence. Matt Clark’s match recap meanwhile is available here.
Samir Handanovic - 7
Samir is always there for us. A spectator until he had to keep out Biraghi’s free-kick, but keep it out he did, and then came the save on Babacar. Woof. Two excellent interventions that sadly weren’t enough to earn us the win - a win that disappeared thanks to a goal he bares no responsibility for.
When your team has a top and a tail like Inter do then you can get results even when you play like complete and utter rubbish. With a normal keeper and a normal centre-forward we’d have had no chance of sneaking a draw from this.
Joao Cancelo - 6.5
By far Inter’s most threatening attacking weapon in this match. Practically our only attacking weapon in this match. Cancelo’s forward runs are exactly what we’ve been lacking in our full-backs for so long and he seems to be growing in confidence from that point of view with each game that passes. The Portughuese juggler’s umpteenth gallop down the wing earned us the free-kick from which we found the opening goal, and it was thanks to his precise delivery that Icardi was able to score.
The only reason he doesn’t get a 7 is because he wasn’t always on point defensively after Inter went in front - although that’s hardly a surprise at this stage.
Andrea Ranocchia - 6.5
Another encouraging display. Froggy could have avoided the booking he earned himself just before the half-hour, but leaving that to one side I think the only glaring mistake of his match was the misjudgement of Chiesa’s cutback early on, when he allowed Thereau a free shot at goal.
Considering he was nowhere near 100% fit before the match, and then took another knock during the first half that could have forced him off, this was a good performance and one we should all be very grateful for. He seems a totally different player under Spalletti - long may it continue.
Milan Skriniar - 7
His team-mates made life as hard as possible for him in this match by playing terribly, but as FcInterNews’ Fabio Costantino put it in his own player ratings on Friday ‘Skriniar is not someone who vomits when the boat starts lurching around’. On the contrary, he kept us afloat almost single-handedly at times.
I don’t know what to say anymore really. This man deserves a monument for his services to Inter this season. I want to hug him and never let go.
Davide Santon - 6
He didn’t have the easiest of opponents tonight but with a bit of help from Skriniar he made sure Federico Chiesa didn’t completely overrun him, as he has done to several full-backs during the course of this season. He wasn’t blameless on Fiorentina’s goal but he provided a reasonable attacking threat, before being moved to centre-back for the final 15 minutes. An OK display.
Roberto Gagliardini - 5.5
Not very good. Laboured and imprecise on several occasions - between him and Vecino it looked as if Inter were playing without a midfield at times during the first half. Having said that I thought he was better than his Uruguayan companion, and I definitely think he’s been hammered a little too much on social media since the final whistle. He put a reasonable shift in.
Matias Vecino - 5
His first game at the Franchi as an opposition player will not live long in the memory. In the first half he looked out of form and in the second he virtually disappeared altogether. A couple of the decent initiatives we’ve seen so often this season but too many wrong decisions and devoid of dynamism - in short, bad. He appears to be spent; hopefully the two-week break will help him.
Joao Mario - 4.5
Spalletti’s idea of putting him on the right in order to free up the wing for Cancelo was a good one, but for it to have worked properly Luciano needed Joao to play well. And he only did so for about 10 minutes.
After a promising start he slowly exited the match and wasted yet another chance to reclaim a fixed place in the starting XI. His attitude after losing the ball on the stroke of half-time was hideous, completely refusing to run back and remedy his cheap mistake.
No club is going to offer him the pre-World Cup game-time he’s looking for if he keeps playing like this.
Borja Valero - 6
This must have been an incredibly emotional evening for him, but if that was the case Borja didn’t let it affect his performance. As usual a lot of Inter’s good attacks went through him - always wise when he gets on the ball, if a little one-paced on this occasion. We’d miss him if he weren’t there.
Ivan Perisic - 5.5
Ivan’s poor run of form continues. He hasn’t played well since scoring that hat-trick against Chievo and he’s not showing many signs of revival at this moment in time. He improved in the second half when he had space to gallop into - and when he had Dalbert coming forward on the overlap - but one has to expect more from a player of his calibre.
Mauro Icardi - 7
He’s unreal. Unreal. Inter were awful for 90 minutes and yet they were three minutes away from winning because of him. We mentioned in our match preview how Fiorentina are Maurito’s preferred victim - as well as the fact that he’s never gone more than two league games without scoring this season - and with Friday’s goal he’s now up to 10 in 12 matches against the Viola. Not bad going.
And his overall performance was positive too. Excellent team spirit and work-rate.
Dalbert - 5.5
He didn’t look secure when defending against Chiesa, but the two crosses Perisic swung in late on were thanks to him overlapping and drawing a man away from the Croatian.
Yuto Nagatomo - 6
I don’t remember anything he did, which must be a good thing.
Antonio Candreva - 6
A good cameo. His first contribution after replacing Cancelo was to put a good cross in from the right, and his second almost killed the game when he went through on goal with Sportiello. Given Joao Mario’s performance I’m not sure Spalletti’s decision to leave him on the bench paid off.
Luciano Spalletti - 5.5
Rarely have we seen Spalletti so furious with his players during a game this season. Whatever he had asked them to do before the match they weren’t able to put it into practice, and if we were able to leave the Franchi with a point in our back pocket then it was more down to accident than by design. This team looks completely shot both mentally and physically, and in Florence they turned in arguably their worst performance of the entire season. Champions League qualification will be extraordinarily tough if they can’t drag themselves out of this rut - thank goodness everyone now has two weeks to rest and recuperate.
Man of the Match - Mauro Icardi
A new haircut but the same old world class centre-forward. Give him one chance and he will score. And that’s precisely what happened here.