Edin Dzeko and Roma, the first true test for Skriniar and Miranda
HERE'S THE TRUE TEST WITH DZEKO
Against the leading goalscorer and a Roma that scored 90 goals last year, this is the first trial by fire for the new duo of Spalletti.
The first true test for the Inter duo of Miranda and Skriniar will be tomorrow evening at the Olimpico. Because last season, Spalletti’s Roma scored 90 goals in the league: an average of 2.37 per game. Basically one third of it came from Edin Dzeko, the top goalscorer of last year with 29 goals. It is true that there was Salah, who was an assisting machine and scored 15 goals, but now there is Defrel and the people in Appiano Gentile still remember the brace of Nainggolan (11 goals last year) in the last time that these two teams met.
Taboo - Inter, away at Roma, have not had a lot of fund recently although the Nerazzurri almost always dominated the great Italian duel from 2005 to 2010. Inter have not won at the Olimpico since October 2008 when they beat Roma 4-0 thanks to the goals of Ibra (2), Stankovic and Obinna. Since then, five wins for Roma and three draws in eight matches. In these eight matches, Inter had only one clean sheet in the 0-0 in March 2014 and an average of 2.1 goals allowed in the remaining seven.
Super motivation - Inter will have a chance to rewrite history tomorrow with Spalletti who could opt for a stronger and more solid midfield with Gagliardini and Vecino in front of the defense and Borja as the trequartista. But the key duel remains the two central defenders of Inter and the king of goals last season. It is true that in the Asian tour, Miranda and Skriniar have already stopped players of high caliber in Lewandowski and Morata, but the game against Bayern and Chelsea were still just friendlies and the two bombers were far from acceptable form.
That being said, that the 33 year-old Brazilian and 22 year-old Slovakian have shown their capabilities. Both have tremendous motivation after Joao has been accused that he is not a true leader and also Skriniar arrived at Inter last summer with a heavy price tag. Both have worked well so far as the former Sampdoria defender continues to expand his physicality and aggressiveness while Miranda often gives him coverage and closes down at the last second.
Opta statistics will help us understand the importance of the two. Only Fazio (219) won more duels than Miranda (218) among the central defenders last season. Joao was also the defender that recovered the most possession of the ball last year: 256. In this rankings, Skriniar is ranked 4th with 245 possessions and is the top of the list for those who were born in 1993 and onwards.
Skriniar vs. Dzeko in 2016
Previous matchups with Edin - In the official debut against Fiorentina, the two confirmed that they are playing at a good level although it is true that there was no Badelj, Chiesa and Saponara while Simeone had just arrived for a couple of days. Dzeko, Defrel, Perotti and El Shaarawy will be another good test for Miranda and Skrinir, especially the Slovakian who is already one of the favorites for the fans. Their personal record against Dzeko is not flawless. Miranda has played against Roma three times, Dzeko scored a goal in the match on October 2nd, 2016. The Bosnian also scored against Sampdoria of Skriniar both times last season. Another motivation for the duo.
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport