Heavy squad rotation and a trip to the (almost) always difficult Marcantonio Bentegodi and a relegation-threatened Hellas Verona caused a few worries pre-kickoff but Inter made sure to dispel our fears with aplomb. The Nerazzurri took a bit of time warming up its guns, but once Adolfo Gaich sent a diving header into his own net in the 31st minute, the floodgates were opened. Hakan Calhanoglu scored one of the goals of the season with a rocket into the upper ninety and Edin Dzeko made a long-awaited return to the scoresheet all in a six-minute span. The second half was more of the same, this time with Lautaro Martínez bagging a brace and Dzeko tallying a second of his own. In short, quite the evening for Simone Inzaghi’s men.
The scoreboard was one-sided enough, but the possession numbers weren’t far off. The visitors had 75% of the ball and 713 passes to Verona’s 238. Inter also managed 20 shots, 10 on target, versus Verona’s 7 (2 on target). It’s hard to take too many takeaways from a game this one-sided against fringe Serie A level opposition, but this type of performance to keep Inter’s winning run and momentum charging along is a great sign, not to mention the added bonus that it was all done with Matteo Darmian, Alessandro Bastoni, Nicolo Barella, and Romelu Lukaku never stepping a foot on the pitch ahead of Saturday’s six-pointer against Roma. Speaking of the Giallorossi, they and Milan were the two teams in the top four race to drop points today, giving 4th placed Inter a bit of breathing room of two points on those two and Atalanta. For now, though, let’s enjoy all of these goals and an Inter team that seems to be clicking at the perfect time.