It’s no secret that all is not right in the Inter world. Back-to-back losses to Bayern and Milan combined with less than convincing performances through five Serie A rounds have alarm bells ringing at the Meazza. It’s not just the results, however. Inter has been a touch stale since, well, the start of 2022, and so far it looks like the new season won’t bring about change. If that’s the case, Inter will have far more significant problems than just missing out on the Scudetto on its hands. But it’s still just six games into the season and the Serie A table is as cluttered as ever. A few wins before the international break and the mood could be drastically different come the end of September, and Saturday against Torino would be a great time to start turning things around.
La Granata went through an offseason of turmoil, losing Andrea Belotti at long last, along with Gleison Bremer, Rolando Mandragora, Tommaso Pobega, and Josip Brekalo. In turn, Perr Schuurs, Nikola Vlasic, Aleksei Miranchuk, and our old friend Valentino Lazaro all made their way to the Olimpico Grande Torino. And so far, so good. Torino is currently 6th on 10 points with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss to its name. Both its attack and defense rank 9th with 6 scored (three from new man Vlasic) and 5 conceded. La Granata is shaping up for another solid season under Juric and should be as hard to play against as ever with the Croatian at the helm for Year 2.
Torino caused Inter some trouble last season, with the good guys needing an Alexis Sanchez stoppage-time equalizer to snag a tie in the away fixture after a tight 1-0 win at home. Inter won’t have the luxury of the Chilean this time around but need a victory almost as much as it did back in March. With trips Viktoria Plzen and Udinese coming up in the next week, picking up all three points at the San Siro is crucial.
Inter has a 77W-55D-55L advantage in the all-time series against Torino, with its last loss coming in January 2019.
- 1-0 (H), 22/12/2021
- 1-1 (A), 13/3/2022
Predicted Starting XIs
Prediction: Inter Milan 2-1 Torino
The Nerazzurri will do enough to hold onto the victory thanks to goals from Lautaro and Gosens, though a Sanabria strike will make things interesting.