Inter showed a great response versus Bologna on Saturday evening after a disappointing result this past week versus Real Madrid in the Champions League. The Nerazzurri came out strong in the first half as they scored three consecutive goals to ensure a 6-1 victory versus the Rossoblù at the San Siro. Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Nicolo Barella, Matías Vecino each scored for Inter while Dzeko added a brace. Arthur Theatre scored the lone goal for Bologna.
After a great start to the season, Bologna put in their worst performance at the San Siro versus Inter. Throughout the match they gave up scoring chances to the Nerazzurri and converted on several occasions. As for Inter, they continue their strong start to the season under new manager, Simone Inzaghi.
So, what did we learn from Inter’s 6-1 victory versus Bologna?
Milan Skriniar Continues To Deliver Inside The Goal Area
Aerial duel challenges have become one of Skriniar’s biggest strengths in his game. Anytime Inter are awarded a foul outside their opponent’s box or have a corner kick, Skriniar has shown to be effective in these situations. In their recent match versus Madrid, the Slovakian had a good attempt on target within the first five minutes as he headed the ball over the net.
For a consecutive match, Skriniar put himself in a good position to score off a corner kick, yet this time he delivered a header past Bologna goalkeeper, Lukasz Skorupski. The defender did a great job in positioning himself between the defense, had ample space, and struck the ball precisely on target. Skriniar’s physicality along with his ability to separate himself inside the goal area has allowed him to be effective.
With the addition of Hakan Calahanoglu along with Federico Dimarco returning from loan, he has two players who will allow him to be more dangerous in the goal area as they have the ability to deliver accurate crosses.
Denzel Dumfries Outstanding In His Frist Start For Inter
It was a match to forget for Bologna defender, Aaron Hickey, as the 18-year-old struggled versus Denzel Dumfries. The wing-back was a constant threat for the defender as his pace, movement and dribbling caused a problem for him. He was often caught out of position and struggled to keep up and this resulted in chances created by Dumfries.
Dumfries made an immediate impact as he set up the first goal within the first ten minutes. The wing-back received a pass down the right side and, with ample space, made his run down the flank. He delivered a brilliant cross towards Martinez inside the goal area and found the back of goal.
Inter signed the Dumfries this past summer to replace Achraf Hakimi, who was sold to Paris Saint Germain. Early signs are positive as he’s been influential with the Nerazzurri and is showing to be a good replacement. Dumfries finished the match with three key passes, two successful dribbles, two fouls won, and contributed one assist. He was the man of the match for Inter.
Federico Dimarco Should Start At Left-Back
Dimarco made his first start for Inter this season and didn’t disappoint Inzaghi. The wing-back was flawless as he made constant strong runs down the flank, delivered accurate crosses into the box, was quick, and showed good movement. The Bologna backend was exposed on multiple occasions and the Italian definitely would have impressed Inzaghi after his performance.
Perisic has been manning the left side this season yet hasn’t looked convincing in the four matches he’s appeared in. He’s been poor with his passing, has struggled to defend, has been ineffective in the final third and his end product has been weak.
Throughout the match versus Bologna, Dimarco never showed any signs of slowing down as he was constantly setting up chances, getting into good areas to score, and defended well when he needed to. At the half hour mark, Dimarco delivered a perfect cross pass off a corner kick to Skriniar where the defender made no mistake of finding the back of the net.
Dimarco finished the match with one assist, two shots on target, one key pass, one successful dribble, and one foul won.
Great Response From Inter After Disappointing Loss to Real Madrid
Very few knew didn’t know what to expect from Inter after their disappointing loss to Real Madrid mid-week in the Champions League. Inzaghi had his men prepared from the moment the whistle blew as Inter dominated this match from start to end. The players were all on the same page as they executed timely passes, limited their turnovers, and limited Bologna’s attempts on goal.
Within the first ten minutes, Inter immediately scored and had the start that they needed to lift their confidence. Their starting lineup was spot on by Inzaghi as Dimarco and Dumfries caused all sorts of trouble for Bologna’s defense. The midfield gave up very little space as Nicolo Barella was effective throughout the match.
Inter took a different approach in this match. The Nerazzurri consistently attacked Bologna’s backend and rarely sat back to defend the lead which ended well.
Samir Handanovic Puts In Best Performance This Season
It has been a disappointing start to the season for Inter goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic, as he’s committed multiple errors in recent games. His performance versus Bologna was his best to date and this should help boost his confidence. In the first half, Handanovic made multiple attempts for the ball where he cut off passes and prevented Bologna from a scoring opportunity. It has been a part of his game that has been missing for quite some time and will be encouraging to see.
A late goal spoiled the clean sheet for Brozovic, nonetheless, it was an encouraging performance from the Inter goalkeeper who will be heavily relied upon this season.