Bayern Munich’s visit to the San Siro went about as well as expected, but it’s hard not to get an even worse feeling about the season after another loss and insipid performance. Though the scoreline is far from a travesty, what’s more concerning is how Inter carried itself. The Nerazzurri looked bereft of confidence and life, starting from the very top: Simone Inzaghi. From managing just two shots on target to admitting to giving up at 2-0 to rotating the squad on a Champions League night, Inzaghi is starting to feel more and more like a man that will find himself unemployed in short order. Maybe that’s not entirely fair to him, but that’s how football works for better or worse.
Inzaghi made five changes to the lineup, bringing in Andre Onana, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Robin Gosens, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Edin Dzeko.
Both teams traded half chances through the opening stages but eventually, the Bavarians’ quality shined through when Leroy Sane opened the scoring in the 25th minute. A chip pass from Joshua Kimmich found a wide-open Sane in behind and he rounded Onana with ease to make it 1-0 Bayern.
The touch. The control. The finish.— UCL on Paramount+ ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 7, 2022
LEROY SANE. TAKE A BOW. pic.twitter.com/Jm4ficJV8H
Inter had a few more chances go begging in front of Neuer’s goal, headlined by a Dzeko header from close range that whizzed wide, while Bayern should have made it 2-0 if not for a diving Onana stop on Sadio Mane’s one-v-one. By the time halftime arrived, the visitors had a deserved lead, however, to go with 14 shots (9) on target and 57% of the ball compared to Inter’s mere five shots.
The second half continued much of the same script before Bayern put us out of our mercy with a second via the knee of D’Ambrosio.
Bayern Munich are taking it to Inter at San Siro. pic.twitter.com/9tOrKD9x6B— UCL on Paramount+ ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 7, 2022
Any pretense of resistance was officially ended after Bayern’s second and the final twenty minutes of action were a mere formality constantly broken up by substitutions from both managers. Final score: Inter nil, Bayern two.
Onana - 7.5 (Man of the Match): Almost dropped a cross into his own goal but that was the only blemish on an otherwise rock solid showing headlined by 10 saves - though his distribution did leave a bit to be desired with 16 giveaways. He should be the starter for every game from here on out but Inzaghi has already said Handanovic will be the number one this weekend against Torino. Sigh.
Bastoni - 5: Got exposed defensively a number of times and remains in shaky form.
Skriniar - 5: Can’t say Skriniar did much better either, never looking all too comfortable in the middle of the back three.
D’Ambrosio - 4: Danilo is still a servicable squad player but starting him against Bayern is only asking for disaster. And that’s what Inter got, with his previously shanked clearance only the beginning.
Gosens - 6: One of his better performances in an Inter kit, showing a fair amount of attacking threat and capability to deal with Bayern’s energy. Hopefully he can put together a string of starts and build some momentum.
Calhanoglu - 5: Despite an impressive stats sheet (2 key passes and 4 long balls), Calhanoglu barely made a dent in what mattered and lacked the sort of spark or physicality Inter desperately needed.
Brozovic - 5: Another hapless showing from Brozovic compared to what we’re used to. Was far too slow to react on Bayern’s second goal and generally couldn’t get much rhythm going in the center of the park.
Mkhitaryan - 6: A surprise to see him in the starting eleven but he put together a decent account of himself, though like the rest of the midfield, got overrun far too easily defensively.
Dumfries - 3: One of his worst showings yet in an Inter kit. Almost every attack that went down the right flank found its end all too often, and in no small part thanks to Dumfries, who managed a 58% passing rate and 16 giveaways.
Lautaro - 5: Just one shot all ninety minutes from El Toro, who hasn’t looked very bullish all season. Didn’t get much service either but Inter needs so much more from Lautaro.
Dzeko - 5: Missed the few chances that fell to him, once again lacking a clinical touch in front of goal.
Inzaghi - 5: Finally gave Onana a chance and rare starts to Gosens and Mkhitaryan, but waited far too long to make subs and then made the wrong ones once he did (Dimarco, de Vrij, and Gagliardini??). Gives off the air of a man feeling the pressure, which is exactly what Inter doesn’t need if it’s going to break out of this slump.
Inter is down to third in Group C after Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen, who Inter faces in the Czech Republic next Tuesday. But first comes a tricky test at Ivan Juric’s Torino Saturday. Anything other than a win there and the alarm bells will reach a peak.