Here are five reasons that have turned Inter's season completely around
Tottenham, Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Cagliari and PSV, Inter are on a five-game winning streak since the huge upset that happened on September 15th against Parma.
Today, the Gazzetta dello Sport looks for five reasons that have turned Inter’s season completely around.
Star players – We all have seen the contribution of Inter’s “big” players. We have seen Mauro Icardi who has put a stamp on the Champions League postcard. If Inter are indeed qualified for round of 16 in the Champions League then that will be because of his goal against Tottenham which has turned the club’s destiny in this competition. And then there is Radja Nainggolan. Il Ninja is the face of Inter for the attributes and characteristics that he has over the rest of the team. But the turning point of everything could very well be Brozovic who scored in the final minutes against Sampdoria, just a few days after Tottenham. The Croatian is still a bit inconsistent but his importance in this Inter team is not in question.
Formation – Spalletti has chosen a fixed formation, the 4-2-3-1 because as he explained “the team needed to solidify its certainties.” It was a decisive decision. The Inter coach has stopped alternating between four and three-man defense, something that happened quite a bit at the start of the season. Spalletti has picked the formation that his team knows how to play the best and has not abandoned it even when he did not have the personnel to do it. An example is when Skriniar had to play as right back against Tottenham (both D’Ambrosio and Sime Vrsaljko were injured).
Personality – Earlier this season, the one thing that was recognized the most by all was the lack of personality especially when the Nerazzurri faced adversity. The team had the tendency not to remain calm and lucid after a negative episode. Since then, Inter came back against Tottenham and PSV, won in a nail-biting fashion against Sampdoria, kept up the pace and knew when to strike against Fiorentina.
Rotation – Rotating the team is like that exam that you take in university: there is always the risk of things going wrong. But at Inter, Spalletti is using it as a way to raise the self-esteem of the group. The exclusions of Dalbert and Gagliardini from the Champions League list didn’t really have any negative effect on the team. Furthermore, besides Joao Mario, Ranocchia and Padelli, the remaining players have had minutes to show their quality on the pitch in this early part of the season.
Condition – Nainggolan is the most striking example in this category. Against PSV, we finally saw a Ninja that is (almost) in top condition. Keep in mind that the Belgian missed pretty much the entire preseason training due to a muscular problem. But overall, the team is getting a lot better in physical condition.