Impressive start for the new era of Spalletti
OLD INTER, NEW LIFE
With Icardi and Perisic, Inter took out Fiorentina. Formula of Spalletti is ok.
Milan - 15 minutes to get the result that they want, the other 75 minutes was used to manage the game and a bit of suffering. Good first game for Inter. Against a Fiorentina that had good players and the former coach in Stefano Pioli. The performance had its ups and downs however because we are only the end of August and so the players do no have legs for full 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes was very good with an incredible Icardi and then a pause of reflection and timing. Until the last 10 minutes when Perisic got the third.
Foundation - In this new Inter, there is a lot of good. One can already see the architecture of Luciano Spalletti with fast passing, possession of one, two touches and synchronized movements. The defense also seems less vulnerable. Samir Handanovic did not allow a goal because the last 13 matches of last season, he did. Milan Skriniar was able to push everything back, he seems ready for the spotlight of the San Siro. Spalletti has laid the foundations, now he can start building on those. Fiorentina are a young team and Pioli has several interesting players, for example Veretout and Esseric, not to mention Federico Chiesa who was suspended and Riccardo Saponara (hurt). More than anything else, the sales did make a big impact in this game. Borja Valero and Matias Vecino wore the Nerazzurri shirt, not the one for Viola. The midfield was where Inter took flight in the first 25 minutes or so that basically wrapped up the match.
Mobility - The distinctive feature of Spalletti’s Inter is mobility. The players no longer are like poles standing around waiting for the ball to get to their feet, without moving to creating passing lanes. In this games, they are circling, moving, interchanging and opening spaces. In all the this, Borja Valero is something extra for Inter. He is the coach on the field, movement of a regista with range of action from one area to the other. The ball flows nicely under the dictation of the Spanish. Borja, however, is now at a certain age and it is difficult to hold such a challenging role for the entirety of the match. At the start of the second half, he no longer has energy, gives up the ball in easy situations and loses the ability to place dangerous ball. Spalletti saw it and took him out of the match and luckily for Inter, there was new life after Borja because Joao Mario, the substitute, came in the match the best way he could.
Suffering - The bad of this Inter can be seen in the first 30 minutes of the second half when the team was mostly passive and suffered by the youth of Fiorentina. The game could have really re-opened had it not for Handanovic taking care of Simeone’s header and the low shot of Babacar. Then of course the shot of Veretout that shook the woodwork and bounced off to the other side. But in the negative you can also find the positive because Spalletti is intelligent and he knew when to make the change: Joao Mario for Borja and Gagliardini for Brozovic. The team was able to get back composure, showed their values even in suffering. However, one must be realistic and wonder if the team is equipped to play at high pace for a long period. Much will depend on the impact of the two fullbacks. Nagatomo and D’Ambrosio struggled last night. The first showed the usual lack of ability to defense while the second had difficult time containing Eysseric. Dalbert, probably the replacement of the Japanese, was sitting on the bench. Cancelo, right back, is the possible alternative to D’Ambrosio or to Candreva in an advanced position on the right wing. The Portuguese is expected to have medical today. Spalletti’s Inter will continue to be evaluated. Roma, at the Olimpico on Saturday, will be the first true test.
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport