On his 300th appearance for the Nerazzuri, Handanovic made many crucial saves to help Inter gain their fifth win in as many games in Serie A this season. At the age of 35 many are beginning to question how long the goalkeeper has got left at the top of his game but after six games in all competitions the Slovakian has four clean sheets and only two goals conceded. He doesn’t seem to be giving up that number one spot any time soon.
On his second debut for Inter, Biraghi looked useful on the left-hand side, finding space down the left flank and putting some good crosses into the Lazio box on a few occasions. Biraghi’s persistence on the wing paid off with a great ball for Danilo D’ambrosio to nod home at the far post for the only goal of the game.
Kwadwo Asamoah has been the starting left wing back so far this season, but the return of Biraghi and his solid performance against Lazio proved that Inter may have finally found some strength in depth in the full back position, which hasn’t been seen at the San Siro in what feels like forever.
Another game, another win
Another three points in the league for Inter, five wins from five games and another good performance after the fantastic one displayed in the derby. Although it is still very early days, it’s a promising sign for Interisti to see the continued form as well as seeing Juventus and Napoli having already dropped points.
Since the champions league fixture it has become testing fixtures time for Inter, starting with the derby in which Inter excelled and picked up three points, and again with Lazio up next after, a game which poses a threat to Inter to drop points for the first time. The fact Inter have come through both fixtures with six points gained is a sign of change at the club under Conte, a sort of sense of strength from the club that they aren’t scared of anyone and can defeat anyone.
The upcoming fixtures will throw even more test’s at Inter with Sampdoria, Juventus and Barcelona all coming up, Inter can approach these games with the upmost confidence after an extremely impressive start to the season.
It’s been a while since it felt like Inter really had threatening options off the bench but against Lazio, we saw Alexis Sanchez, Lautaro Martinez and Stefano Sensi all come into the game from the bench. Squad depth will be vital this season with league, cup and Champions League football all being played.
Inter made changes for the game against Lazio and already have a few times so far this season, to be in a position to make changes and still be picking up points is a very positive one and very promising for the busy season ahead.
Nicolo Barella clicking into gear
It has taken a few games for the new signing to find his feet at Inter but he seems to be settling in comfortably now. The young midfielder was brilliant in midfield for Inter and looks to be set for a big season ahead.
The midfield has been a problem over the last few seasons for Inter, failed high profile signings in the middle of the park such as Joao Mario, Kondogbia and Nainngolan have led to difficulties in the midfield. In Barella, Brozovic and Sensi Inter seem to have finally found the formula for the centre of the park and are showing that in the games so far.