This Inter Milan squad is not without faults, but the match against Bologna was a step in the right direction. Luciano Spalletti fielded a proper lineup with little experimentation. The defense was rock solid from the midfield on back. Though it seemed the attack would struggle without the likes of Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez, the Nerazzurri managed to notch three goals. So with a win under our belts, which individual performances shined brightest?
The goalkeeper had a very rough time last week against Torino. This served as a nice bounce back for Samir Handanovic. Although he didn't have much work to do much of the time, a clean sheet is a welcome sight. The first half was frustrating to watch as each possession built up to nothing. During that spell Handanovic was called into action for a tremendous save to keep Inter level. A lesser keeper would have changed the whole outlook of the match.
Epic Brozo made his return in this victory. Pairing Marcelo Brozovic with Roberto Gagliardini paid great dividends for our midfield. The tandem controlled the movement and tempo of the match. Brozovic was the epicenter of the squad as he recorded the most touches in the match and a %94 pass accuracy. The Croatian wasn't perfect, but those few times he lost possession he quickly tracked back on defense to win the ball. This is the Brozo we need moving forward to succeed this season.
Inter spent most of the time attacking up the left side of the pitch. And when you have Ivan Perisic, why would you try anything else? Perisic was at the top of his game against Bologna. Even in the scoreless drought, Perisic sent dangerous cross after cross into the box. Keita Balde struggled to get on the end these chances. But once a more familiar substitute entered the match, Ivan put another assist on a platter... This time for the scoreless one Antonio Candreva. Perisic netted one of his own shortly after, putting the game away for good.
Our midfield savior finally made his debut in an Inter shirt. Radja Nainggolan is expected to be the maestro of the midfield, where all chances come through. This was not the case as he played far up the pitch just behind Keita. Radja was often invisible in the first half, but when he had the ball showed great quality. Even with a lackluster performance by his standard, he managed to get the breakthrough in the 66th minute on a perfect strike. His solo effort changed the whole energy of the match and announced his arrival this season.
This match rightly showed why Milan Skriniar is wanted by the top clubs in Europe. He was a tank in the back, ending most Bologna efforts before they got dangerous. The big man was also largely involved in possession, resetting attacks from the back. His missed opportunity to score would have been the icing on the cake on an already stellar outing.
Man of the Match: Ivan Perisic
Perisic was the best player on the field. He was given attacking freedom and once things opened up after the first goal, he put the game away. 1 goal. 1 assist. Simply spectacular.
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