Inter’s topsy-turvy 2022/23 Serie A season is finally coming to a close. The Nerazzurri will close the curtains on its domestic campaign with a visit to Torino this Saturday, but on this occasion, it won’t be the last outing of the season. Simone Inzaghi’s men instead will have at least one eye, and probably more, on the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City in one week’s time. For now, though, it’s time for a visit to Turin.
Ivan Juric’s Torino is set for another comfortable midtable finish in his second season in charge, currently 8th with 53 points and capable of finishing from 8th-11th depending on results this weekend. La Granata is unbeaten in five, including a blowout 4-0 win against Spezia last weekend. That sort of goalscoring production is quite the outlier for Torino, as its attack ranks 7th worst in the league with 42 scored. Just two players have over 10 goals and assists combined, partly due to a lack of top-end talent and partly to Juric’s style of play. Antonio Sanabria has been Torino’s most impactful attacker with 12 goals and 4 assists, followed by Nikola Vlasic (5g, 6a) and Aleksei Miranchuk (4g, 5a). Defensively, however, Torino is rock-solid with the 5th best backline in the league and has conceded multiple goals in just one of its last ten outings.
Along with finding a way past Torino’s defense, Inter will also need to worry about the Law of the Ex. Our old friends Yan Karamoh (4 goals on the season) and Inter-loanee Valentino Lazaro (3 assists) currently ply their trade at the Olimpico Grande Torino and at least one of them will surely score Saturday.
Inter has the top four locked up thanks to last week’s 3-2 win over Atalanta but could still take second place from Lazio should the latter drop points. The main focus of Saturday, however, will be keeping Inter’s momentum alive and resting key players ahead of Istanbul, possibly leading to debut starts for Primavera players Ebenezer Akinsanmiro and Aleksandar Stankovic, Dejan’s son. Anything else would just be a nice bonus on top.
Inter has a 78W-55D-55L lead in the all-time series, winning the reverse fixture 1-0 back in September thanks to an 89th-minute Marcelo Brozovic winner.
Predicted Starting XIs
Prediction: Torino 2-3 Inter Milan
Inter’s heavy rotation and the lack of anything but bragging rights to play for will make this one quite a spectacle, with the good guys eventually getting all three points thanks to strikes from Edin Dzeko (x2) and Denzel Dumfries.