Milan vs. Inter - Who is better?
The Milan derby is going to be extra “spicy” in this upcoming season. Chinese owners against Chinese owners and no one wants to lose especially that their brand is at stakes. So who is the better team at this very moment? The fact and the matter is Milan have spent over 200 million euros while Inter still have one more month to reinforce its squad. That being said, the Gazzetta dello Sport compares the two teams to see who has the edge.
Goalkeeper: Handanovic vs. Donnarumma
Donnarumma is sort of like a “new” signing for the Rossoneri. After weeks and weeks of talks, the 18 year-old Italian finally came to an agreement with the Red and Black to sign a new contract. It was a huge win for Milan who were on the verge of losing their star keeper. Last season, Donnarumma saved two penalties and the Milan defense allowed 45 goals.
Meanwhile, on the Black and Blue side, we have Handanovic. The Slovenian goalkeeper is getting older but he is still a very reliable fence in front of the goal. The Inter number one managed to save one penalty last year and let in 47.
Verdict: Donnaruma wins 5 to 4.
Defense: D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Ansaldi vs. Musacchio, Bonucci, Romagnoli
This department is where Milan clearly have the advantage, especially with the signing of one of the best defenders in the world in Bonucci. Milan Skriniar, on the other hand, has been a huge revelation of this pre-season. Together with a very experienced Miranda, the central defense of Inter should be very solid. But this is where the fullbacks come in. This position is undoubtedly the weakness of the Nerazzurri with D’Ambrosio and Ansaldi (not to mention Nagatomo).
Verdict: Milan defense wins 5 to 3.
Midfield: Gagliardini, Valero, Vecino vs. Conti, Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura, Rodriguez
Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura and Calhanoglu on one hand, Gagliaridni, Borja Valero and Joao Mario or Vecino on the other: equilibrium. Biglia and Borja are the most important signings because they solve the problems that Milan and Inter had last season: managing of the ball. With Biglia and Borja, the two Milan clubs will no longer suffer from the syndrome of “burning” feet. With Biglia, Milan will no longer leave the opponents to initiate the action while with Borja, Joao Mario’s talent will be freed up and he will also be a precious reference to Gagliardini and Kondogbia: if in doubt, pass the ball to the Spanish.
Verdict: Tied 4-4
Attack: Perisic, Icardi, Candreva vs. Suso, Silva
It’s very simple: at this moment, Milan do not have anyone that can guarantee 20-30 goals like Icardi will at Inter. This is why they are still searching for another forward and if, for example, Kalinic can come, Milan attack will be very close to that of Inter. Meanwhile, Inter attack will depend on the future of Ivan Perisic.
Verdict: Inter attack wins 4-3
Coaching: Spalletti 5-4 Montella
The extra star given to Spalletti is because of this: the Inter coach is 15 years older, he has seen more, trained more and won more. He has football ideas and knows how to work to perfect it. Montella has explored many different ideas and has yet to develop his own identity. So who is Montella? A beginner or a pragmatic coach like he was in his first year at Milan.
Verdict: Spalletti wins 4-3
Overall: Milan 21 - 20