The boredom of the international break is at long last over, and Inter is back in action with a trip to Turin and Ivan Juric’s Torino. The last time we saw the Nerazzurri was in a rather aggravating 2-2 draw with Bologna, meaning Simone Inzaghi’s side can ill-afford to drop points yet again against weaker opposition and the pressure will be on to get the next chapter of the season started off on the right foot with three points.
Torino has been even more midtable than usual this season, dwelling in 14th with 9 points. Juric has done an excellent job stabilizing the ship after Torino flirted with relegation a few years back, but now on his third year at the club, La Granata seems to have plateaued. Juric’s physical, press-heavy approach doesn’t lend to a free-flowing attack on the best of days, and this season has witnessed a particularly horrible final-third performance from Torino. It has 6 goals scored in 8 games (6th worst in Serie A) but half of that tally came in one game against Salernitana. That was the only game all season in which Torino has scored multiple goals and it is currently on a three-game goal drought. The loss of Wilfried Singo to Monaco has taken a dose or two of explosiveness out of Torino, with Nemanja Radonjilc (3 goals) the only attacker left capable of breaking defensive lines on his own. Duvan Zapata, meanwhile, was Torino’s big-name arrival but hasn’t found his best form with just one goal to his name so far.
La Granata’s defense, however, remains a stronghold with the 8th fewest goals let in across the league. With the exception of Singo, who was replaced by ex-Inter man Raoul Bellanova, already a regular starter, Torino’s backline remains identical to the side that conceded the 5th fewest last season. Bellanova isn’t the only familiar name either, as his opposite wingback is none other than Valentino Lazaro, who made a permanent move to Torino last summer.
Inter’s draw with Bologna cost the Nerazzurri the top spot in Serie A, where the Rossoneri now lead by two points. To make matters worse, Juventus is only one point behind the good guys as well. The two outings this season that Inter failed to win came against Bologna and Sassuolo, recalling an all-too-familiar trend from Inzaghi’s first two years in charge. Continuing to drop points against those teams in that fashion will end up costing Inter another Scudetto, and despite its struggles this season, Torino will offer a test similar to Bologna and (hopefully) a chance for Inter to right past wrongs.
Inter leads the all-time series with a 79W-55D-55L record and hasn’t been defeated by the Granata since 2019.
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Prediction: Torino 0-1 Inter Milan
Inter will squeak by a rugged Torino thanks to a lone Lautaro goal after a not-quite aesthetically pleasing 90 minutes.