A penalty by Mauro Icardi and a 77th-minute winner by Danilo D’Ambrosio pushed Inter Milan past Fiorentina 2-1 in the first midweek Serie A fixture Tuesday night.
Here are our five takeaways from Inter’s win:
Inter need to continue finding consistency
It has been too long that Inter Milan has been a team that can only play a half of football well. A team that has good results against the big ones and lost to the small ones. A team with an ever-changing roster of players every season. A team that wins until december then goes on a two month drought. Consistency. Inter fans focus on this word. Consistency, it is vitally important in order for this Inter team to grow, in order for Luciano Spalletti to stay, we need consistency. We have won three games in a row and found a patch of consistency. These three matches have really shown me that victories often do not come easy. Inter have had to suffer in all three in order to win.
The last two matches in Italy were very physical
I almost felt like I was watching matches in the Premier League. The wingbacks and wingers on both teams especially have been running like crazy in these matches, we should be glad we have so many players that are able to play on the wing now. Has anyone really watched Matteo Politano closely? He’s always moving, got a terrific little engine on him but I’ve also been surprised how quickly the opposition has been onto him, giving him very little room. I’ve watched plenty lethargic Serie A games and i’m sure this pace can’t be kept all season but it makes for an exciting show.
Maybe the referee got the call wrong
The commentators watching the match made strong assertions that the defender was not at fault for the penalty. If that were the case all I can say is thank you for a decision like this finally going for us rather than against us. It is practically karma for what happened to us against Parma. Karma and Parma even rhyme so there!
Stefan De Vrij and Milan Skriniar partnership blossoming
With these two young and confident defenders the San Siro faithful can breath a huge sigh of relief and rest easily. And with some useful tutelage from an old master like Miranda, we have our centre-back pairing for the future. Since the Marco Materazzi’s and Walter Samuel’s of yesteryear we have watched our team on the edge of our seats, ready to panic, when any half-decent half-skillfull player ran at our defense but it looks like we’re entering a new era. Even when the defenders are beaten a player has to come really good, because anything less is not a problem for these guys.
Inter should turn to fighting over perfection
If this new Inter Milan team wants to find an identity they might have already found it. Too often have Italian teams (Inter teams included) aimed for defensive perfection. Inter won the treble keeping out goals, winning plenty 1-0’s. But teams don’t really do that anymore, football today is all about the attack. If Inter approached their football as if they had already conceded then they would play less cautious. They need to become a fighting team that tries to score as much as possible and tries to keep out as much as possible without over-committing to either side of the game. The players they have right now are suited this style of play.
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