With very little left to play for, Inter Milan put forth a tremendous performance versus Udinese at the Giuseppe Meazza. The Nerazzurri scored five successive goals en route to a 5-1 win and closed out their season on a positive note. For Udinese, it was a disappointing and lackluster performance as they rarely tested Inter goalkeepers, Samir Handanovic and Daniele Padelli.
What most Inter players, management, and fans were looking forward to was the Scudetto celebration after the game. The squad won their 19th Scudetto and were presented the Serie A trophy, although they clinched it back on May 2nd. It was well deserved for a side who has played great football this season and has been difficult to break down.
Inter manager, Antonio Conte, will definitely be pleased with the effort his side put forth and what could possibly be his last win as manager of Inter. The Italian’s future with the club remains uncertain due to financial barriers. Most will hope that he remains and that the project that been set in place is able to continue into next season.
For now, the club will continue their Scudetto celebrations into next season.
So, who were the winners and losers in Inter’s 5-1 win versus Udinese?
Winner: Lautaro Martinez
It has been a successful season for Inter striker, Lautaro Martinez, who played key role in their 19th Scudetto. He has been productive for a second straight season as the Argentine finished with eighteen goals and nine assists this Serie A campaign. Although it was a slow start from Martinez, as the season progressed, he started to show good form and scored key goals for his side.
He had a tenacious performance versus Udinese as he constantly created trouble for their backline. He won key challenges, showed great physicality and had a great demeanor as he was determined to win this match. The striker was heated after a poor challenge from Rodrigo Becão that sent Martinez towards the camera on the sidelines. Fortunately, the forward avoided a serious injury, yet it led to an intense altercation with Becao.
Moments later, Martinez committed a strong challenge on Becão and the Inter forward received a yellow card. The Argentine didn’t hold back and was determined throughout the match. He finished with one goal, two key passes, three successful dribbles and three fouls won. In a game with very little significance, he played with pride and dignity for his side.
Winner: Ashley Young
It was a tremendous performance from Ashley Young, who was hard to defend throughout the match. It may have been his final game with Inter and, if the Englishman is set to leave Inter this summer, he is leaving on a positive note, with a goal. Udinese had very few solutions to prevent the wing-back from scoring and making daunting runs down the left flank.
Throughout the match, Young was quick, physical and showed good movement. The wing-back led the charge for Inter as he scored within ten minutes of the match. The ball deflected off Kevin Bonifazi and bounced directly to Young and he made a beautiful chip pass over Udinese goalkeeper, Juan Musso. He showed composure and committed himself to the play as he was challenged by Musso.
Young finished the match with one goal, two key passes, two successful dribbles and a pass accuracy rate of 87.5%. He stepped up for his side versus Udinese.
Loser: Rodrigo Becao
It was an utterly disappointing performance from Becão, who struggled to defend versus Inter’s forwards. The Udinese defender was responsible for a few of their goals as he was caught out of position on numerous occasions. He was high off his line and showed poor positioning. He lacked pace and awareness as Inter’s forwards had little difficulty getting in behind him.
In the first half, Becão made a poor challenge on Martinez and the forward collided with the camera and fell into the boards. It was a challenge that wasn’t needed as the ball had already gone out of bounds.
On Inter’s final goal, Becão failed to pick up Romelu Lukaku as he managed to be left all alone inside the goal area.
It was a poor game from Becão and one which he will want to put behind him.
Loser: Stefano Sensi
It has been a frustrating season for Stefano Sensi as he’s struggled to stay fit. The Inter midfielder has been riddled with injuries and has played in seventeen league matches and a total of 555 minutes in Serie A. Sensi picked up an injury late in the first half and, while the severity of the injury is unknown, it puts him in doubt for the 2020 Euros with Italy.
In the past two seasons with Inter, Sensi has been injured on six separate occasions which cast uncertainties for his future. When he’s been able to stay fit, the Italian has been a productive player who can make key passes, win challenges and out-dribble his opponents.
Hopefully, for Sensi, the injury isn’t too serious as he has plenty of upside and talent and it would be disappointing to see it go to waste.