After the win over Liverpool that still resulted in their elimination from the Champions League, Inter travel to Turin to face Ivan Juric’s Torino on Sunday. Inter played a very gutsy but also very intense match in England on Tuesday, so keeping the intensity up against a well-coached team like Torino will be the challenge for Simone Inzaghi and company.
Tornio have had a typically middling campaign this season, currently sitting in 11th place in Serie A. While adding Juric as manager was a clear sign of intent, injuries to captain Andrea Belotti earlier in the season and now injuries to Dennis Praet and Mohamed Fares have hindered their season. Now, they have lost three of their last five matches with just two draws breaking up the losing. If there were a time to play this team, it is likely right now.
Fares and Praet will be big misses for Juric, who will also be missing second top scorer Antonio Sanabria with an illness. Torino will have their work cut out for them, but Inter cannot take a Juric team lightly. One to watch for Interisti will be Bremer, who the club have expressed a high level of interest in as a refresher for the Inter backline.
Inter’s Champions League campaign may have ended disappointingly, but there were plenty of positives to take from the tie with Liverpool. Giving Jurgen Klopp’s team all they could handle for the better part of 180 minutes while handing them their first home loss in over a year is no easy feat. If Inter can play with the same intensity in Serie A that they did in this stage of the Champions League, they will be in great shape for the title race.
Inzaghi will be without Stefan de Vrij, who will miss the match with a calf issue. On a much more positive note, Marcelo Brozovic passed his physical exams after coming off late against Liverpool and will be available on Sunday. This is big news when taking into account how this team play without their Croatian regista.
1-0 (H) - 22/12/2021
1-2 (A) - 14/3/2021
Predicted Starting XIs
TORINO (3-4-2-1): Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Bremer, Rodriguez; Singo, Linetty, Pobega, Vojvoda; Pjaca, Brekalo; Belotti.
INTER (3-5-2): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Gosens; Dzeko, Lautaro.
Prediction: Torino 0-1 Inter
Much like the first matchup between these two clubs this season, which was decided by a lone goal from Denzel Dumfries, this will be a close match. Torino may be pretty far down the table, but that is more down to their inability to score, as they have been a strong defensive team all season. There will not be much space out there for either team, but the fit and firing Lautaro Martinez should be able to carry his newfound eye for goal into this match to make a difference and keep Inter in the thick of the title race.