BROZOVIC, VIDAL AND NAINGGOLAN - There is nothing that these three men cannot do
- Incredible strength and gentle feet.
- This is how Inter will design the winning triangle.
We imagine it like this, just like a joke in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. “One day, some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.” Here: perhaps you will not get to the point of “Goodfellas” but facing the Inter midfield, looking at those gangster faces of Vidal, Brozovic and Nainggolan, the opponents will have to back off. Arturo, Marcelo and Radja have a lot in common. But if we want to go beyond the personality factor - which Spalletti considers a central element -, the three give Inter a midfield department that is capable of withstanding any kind of impact. It’s like doing laps on the field: from goals to assist to tackles to shots on goal and everything repeats. These three midfielders do everything.
PROFILES - Strong, bad boys, ready, multi-purpose. There is not one of these men who is not able to interpret the role of a midfielder in at least two different ways, central or finisher, mediator or attacker. You put them on the field wherever you want and they do their job. This is the characteristic that Spalletti really likes. On Vidal, Inter have been reassured from the physical point of view but of course the club must still wait to verify it on the field. The Chilean was operated in April on his right knee and last season in Bundesliga, he only played 17 out of 32 matches (22 appearances overall). Spalletti is waiting for him with open arms, to give quality and quantity to a midfield that last year often gave the initiative to the opponents. The lack of strength and force, as well as personality, was a defect that the coach identified loud and clear in his first year at Inter. These problems can now be overcome with these players here to command the game. Of course, managing these men with strong character is something very delicate. Maybe it is necessary to “cuddle” them, maybe even to sleep with them just like Spalletti did with Ninja when they were in training camp at Roma. But on the field, it would be best to leave them alone. The numbers and statistics are there and they guarantee an upgrade for Inter. Just to give you an idea: Nainggolan, Vidal and Brozovic, in their Italian career, have had more tackles and shots on goal (on average) than the Inter midfield last season. Vidal is the number one in goals scored and for tackles won, Nainggolan instead is top when it comes to ball recoveries.
POSITION - Let’s imagine how Spalletti can arrange them on the field: with the 4-2-3-1 formation, Vidal would play alongside Brozovic, in the same position that he played in Munich. Let’s not rule out that the Chilean’s arrival would not push Spalletti towards the back three. And maybe in certain games and in certain situations, Spalletti could decide to go for Vidal and Nainggolan in the trequartista position supporting Icardi. It should be said that the player that will get the most benefits from this new midfield is the one and only Mauro Icardi because last season, he only received support from the wings. Here, with these three gentle-footed midfielders, more support will be centralized. Ultimately, it will also be difficult to score against Inter. These are three gangsters who, never need an addition of motivation, will take revenge against Juventus: Brozovic on the field, Vidal against their management and Nainggolan is against their fans. The goal is to excel in the league and who wouldn’t like this ingredient that Inter are putting together?