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Man of the Match: Sassuolo vs. Inter Milan

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Who was the stand-out in a season-opening loss?

US Sassuolo v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Matteo Politano of FC Internazionale kicks the ball during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and FC Internazionale at Mapei Stadium - Citta’ del Tricolore on August 19, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy.
Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

It may have not been the start Inter Milan may have wanted, but that isn’t to say there were some standout performances. With that, we look at the potential Man of the Match. Of course, you can give us your thoughts in the comments below.

The Candidates:


Lautaro Martinez, Matteo Politano, Stefan de Vrij, Ivan Perisic, Kwadwo Asamoah

Wow that wasn’t the start we were hoping for, that being said let’s analyse the performances of our candidates for man of the match.

Lautaro Martinez

Much was expected from Lautaro coming into this match. He has been arguably our best player in pre-season and many an Interista would have hoped that this would transition into the ‘real’ football when the season started. Lautaro did not have a bad match by any means but if he thought Serie A would be a walk in the park and he would simply come out and strut his stuff this match will have been a rude awakening for him.

Matteo Politano

Matteo ran his socks off for the team. Tried desperately to create something with his crosses and beat his marker on several occasions. An immediate upgrade on Candreva but unfortunately lacking that final end product today. His shooting boots have been missing all pre-season and it was no different in this match. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he finds them soon.

Kwadwo Asamoah

The Ghanaian utility man put through Icardi on goal early on and was taken down for what many would consider a penalty as deserving as Miranda’s. In the second half he was asked to show his reputable versatility by changing from the wing to left back and he did so with ease. He was probably one of the most fouled and of all of the players on the field today Asamoah kept his good form and picked up where he left off in pre-season.

Stefan de Vrij

Hardly put a foot wrong defensively compared to the sometimes lacklustre Miranda. Neither defender came out of the defense with as much composure as Milan Skriniar and he was sorely missed in our build-up play today. That being said he almost scored at the end and looked comfortable in the defense for the most part.

Ivan Perisic

Came on as a substitute in the second half and immediately teed up Mauro Icardi with a score-able ball. Changed the dynamic of our attack and gave it much more presence. Maybe too little time for him to make a bigger difference.

Man of the Match

US Sassuolo v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Alfred Duncan of US Sassuolo and Kwadwo Asamoah of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and FC Internazionale at Mapei Stadium - Citta’ del Tricolore on August 19, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy.
Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Kwadwo Asamoah

This match was begging for a moment of magic and nobody delivered. The best of the bunch for me was Kwadwo Asamoah. It is not his job to be the creative force in the team yet he did enough during the game to have changed it. He led by example with a calm and assured display. It is unfortunate that his strong performance did not aid in leading his team to a draw or victory.


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