Inter managed to overcome a disappointing first half as the Nerazzurri scored two goals late to come back and win 2-1 versus Sassuolo. Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez each scored for Inter while Domenico Berardi had the lone goal the Neroverdi.
For nearly 60 minutes, Inter struggled to get going and were lackluster for most of the match. However, Simone Inzaghi made some pivotal decisions in the 57th minute which altered this match and helped earn them a win. So, what did we learn from Inter’s 2-1 win versus Sassuolo?
Simone Inzaghi Makes Substitutions At The Right Time
For nearly 60 minutes Inter were dominated and outhustled versus Sassuolo. They showed very little intensity, struggled in the backend and created very few chances. In the 57th minute, Inzaghi made a bold move and made four substitutions as his side needed to elevate their game. The Italian brought on Dzeko, Arturo Vidal, Matteo Darmian, and Federico Dimarco.
This decision had an immediate impact for Inter as, a minute after the substitutions were made, Dzeko scored to tie the match. In the final 30 minutes, the Nerazzurri were the better side as they started to create chances, moved the ball quicker and had a spark in their game.
Dimarco coming on in place of Alessandro Bastoni was a wise move by the Inter manager. Bastoni didn’t have his best performance as he struggled in certain moments. Dimarco was quick, made key challenges and provided stability in the backend. He finished with two tackles, one interception, one clearance and one key pass.
Inzaghi’s decisions altered this match and played a key part in their 2-1 win.
Samir Handanovic Steps up for Inter
It was a strong response from Inter goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic, after a disappointing performance versus Atalanta in Serie A. The Slovenian made several key saves when his side was trailing 1-0 and kept his team in this match. Domenico Berardi, Filip Djuricic and Rogerio all had quality chances yet failed to beat Handanovic.
Consistency has been an issue for Handanovic this season however, he has shown that he still has plenty left in his game. If he is to regain his form this will help Inter in their quest to winning the Scudetto for a successive season. Nonetheless, on this night Handanovic bailed his team out on countless occasions and played a key role in their win.
Edin Dzeko Continues To Impress With Inter
When Romelu Lukaku left Inter to join Chelsea this past summer, this left a big hole in their squad. He was a prolific scorer for the Nerazzurri and replacing his production would be a difficult task. Inter signed Dzeko from Roma this past summer and, so far, the striker has done a great in place of the Belgian.
In the 57th minute, Dzeko entered the frame and it took him one minute to help Inter get back into the match. The striker scored a brilliant goal from a beautiful pass from Ivan Perisic and this gave Inter the momentum they desperately needed.
Dzeko put in a strong performance where he made good runs, provided some intensity and created chances. Sassuolo’s defense struggled at times to defend the striker as he was physical and tenacious in their attack. He finished the match with one goal, two key passes, won two fouls and made one interception.
Dzeko is off to a great start this season as he has six goals and contributed one assist in seven Serie A matches. According to a stat via Opta, Dzeko is the first player since Ronaldo back in 1997/98 to score at least six goals in Inter’s first seven games. At 35 years old, the striker is showing no signs of slowing down and has proven to still be a reliable striker.