Serie A matchday 23: Inter vs. Crotone - Nerazzurri looking for first win in two months
On December 3rd, 2017, Inter were able to put together a dominating performance against visitor Chievo. In this game, the Nerazzurri put five past the Flying Donkeys thanks to the hattrick of Ivan Perisic with Icardi and Skriniar contributing one goal each. This 5-0 victory that happened exactly two months ago was the last victory for Inter in all competitions as the players of Luciano Spalletti are on a non-winning streak with six draws and three losses in all competitions. The one thing that I have noticed is that against Chievo was the last time that Perisic actually performed to the level that we all think he is capable off. Inter go where Perisic goes (same with Icardi as he needs the Croatian’s services). The number 44 turned 29 years old yesterday and the fans are desperately wanting to see the Croatian return to form again.
These players have qualities. As fans we just cannot help but to look back at our unbeaten streak prior to losing 1-3 to Udinese at home. How can we repeat those performances again? What has changed? How can a team go unbeaten in 15 games (12 W 3 D) to not tasting a victory in two months in such a short time span of a few weeks?
“We have the quality, numbers and characteristics to aim for the Champions League,” Spalletti said in the pre-game press conference. “Tomorrow (Today), we must work in a serious and proper manner, staying true to our sporting values and not letting them mislead us. We must show the many qualities that we have here and look at those which have permitted us to be coaches and players at Inter. We must move past this current spell and get back to our feet.”
And the coach is exactly right. No one feels sorry for us. We just cannot hope and pray for Crotone or any other team to make a mistake defensively to take advantage of it. Do you think Crotone are just going to put down the red carpet, inviting us to score in an empty net? Of course not, regardless of who we are facing, they will do whatever it takes to get a positive result. They are not going to make it easy for us. We have to go out there and take it. Fortunately for Inter, the club is still right there in the race for the priority of the season which is returning to the Champions League.
The Gazzetta dello Sport predicts that Spalletti is going to opt for the 4-2-3-1 formation with the defense of D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Skriniar and Cancelo. In the midfield, after starting on the bench versus SPAL, Gagliardini is set to return to the lineup, forming a duo in front of the defense with Vecino. Borja Valero is still your trequartista supporting Eder who is replacing an injured Icardi. Birthday boy Perisic and Candreva are the untouchables on the wings.
Prediction: Inter 2-1 Crotone
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