Inter has been one of the hottest teams in Serie A as they won their fourth straight match versus Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. The Nerazzurri cruised to a 3-0 victory against the Giallorossi as Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Eden Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries found the back of the net. Inter has earned points in their last eight matches and now find themselves in second place, one point back of league leader, AC Milan.
It was a convincing performance from Inter as they controlled the tempo and pace of this match. However, it was a difficult contest for Roma as they were missing several players due to injuries and suspensions. Inter goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic, was rarely busy as he needed to make one save.
So, who were the winners and losers in Inter’s 3-0 win versus Roma?
Winner: Hakan Çalhanoğlu
After a slow start to the season, Çalhanoğlu has started to find his stride with Inter in recent weeks. The midfielder has been one of their most pivotal players as he’s scored in four straight matches for the Nerazzurri. During that span, he scored the tying goal versus Milan, the opening goal versus Napoli, the winner versus Venezia and the game winner in today’s match versus Roma.
Çalhanoğlu was Inter’s most productive player versus Roma as he showed great intensity, won challenges, made timely passes and created space in the midfield. He was effective in their transition play and created scoring chances. Inter manager, Simone Inzaghi, has managed to get the best out the Turkish player, as has been the case with several players in his time with Lazio.
Çalhanoğlu finished the match with one goal, one assist, one key pass, won two fouls and had a pass accuracy rate of 92.4%.
Winner: Denzel Dumfries
It has been a stellar season for right-wing back, Matteo Darmian, as he’s provided some quality performances for Inter. However, the Italian sustained an injury versus Napoli and is expected to be out until January 2022. This meant that Dumfries’ playing time would increase and he would have a big role in the coming weeks.
Dumfries joined Inter this past summer from Ajax yet the transition from the Dutch league to the Italian has taken some time. However, Dumfries had an outstanding performance versus Roma and showed some positive strides with the Nerazzurri.
Late in the first half, Dumfries made an impressive run into the box and scored a header off a brilliant cross from Alessandro Bastoni. It was a good read by the wing-back as he was aware of the space given to him and Roma’s defense were caught out of position. He made several strong runs, had good pace and attempted several crosses into the box.
This sort of performance could boost his confidence and may be the turning point for him this season. He finished the match with one goal, one key pass, one foul won and one aerial duel.
It was a terrible performance from Roma, who struggled in all aspects and were lackluster. At half-time, the Giallorossi trailed 3-0 as they conceded several poor defensive mistakes in their backend. Inter had an advantage in possession over Roma by 66-44% as they controlled the pace and tempo of the match. They moved the ball with ease and fluidity and created several chances.
Handanovic had his easiest match this season as Roma had one shot on target. The Giallorossi’s attack was invisible for most of this match as they lost key battles in the midfield, lost possession in Inter’s half or were well defended by the likes of Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni.
In addition, Roma had several players absent due to injuries and suspensions as notable players such as Tammy Abraham, Rick Karsdorp, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephan El Shaarawy missed the match. This didn’t benefit Jose Mourinho as he had very few options to rely upon.
Loser: Joaquin Correa
Prior to getting injured late in the second half, Joaquin Correa had an impressive performance for Inter. He showed good pace, made several impressive runs and played a key role in the buildup towards their second goal. Correa had three key passes, one successful dribble, one foul won and a pass accuracy rate of 91% versus Roma.
It has been a frustrating season for Correa, who now has picked up his third injury and could be out for a lengthy period. Late in the second half, Correa made his run outside the Roma box and immediately stopped as he felt something in his leg.
Correa’s injury comes at a bad time for him as he’s started to show good form and was starting to settle in with Inter. Inter will once again need to make do without the forward. Lautaro Martinez and Dzeko will be relied upon and will see a significant spike in their playing time.