The Black & Blue aftermath – Atalanta v Inter
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Tale of the tape…..
Courtesy of the statistics site Whoscored.com – here are the numbers that mattered for Tuesday nights game.
Ricky Alvarez the Nerazzurri in shots taken (4) and shots on target (2). He also had 84 touches (the most by any player on the pitch).
Walter Samuel made quite the return from injury. He topped the charts in Interceptions (5) and effective clearances (8)
Rolando made more tackles than any other player (8), the Portuguese international also made four interceptions and six clearances.
Despite struggling for much of the night. Mateo Kovacic had the highest pass completion % of any outfield player (95)
Inter completed 85% of their passes whilst maintaining 55% of the ball.
Fredy Guarin had a ghastly night when in possession of the ball, he completed a putrid 71% of his attempted passes.
Mateo Kovacic and Ricky Alvarez had three turnovers a piece, meanwhile the young Croation was dispossessed twice and Alvarez conceded possession on a team worst three occasions.
Inter were successful in just 42% of the aerial duels which took place, the key example being Atalanta’s equaliser.
Atalanta had averaged just three shots on target per game before this match, Inter played with fire as they let the men from Bergamo have eight accurate strikes on goal during the 90 minutes.
Player ratings courtesy of Gazzetta dello Sport
What the gaffer had to say…..
It was a disappointed Walter Mazzarri who was interviewed by Sky: “Even today we played well against a very physical team that was focused and even ‘mean’. It’s never easy to get a result. But if you look at the total we did more: we could have won. More than anything, you can’t give away goals when you have the lead. We need to be more clinical when we play well.”
Ricky Alvarez spoke about not getting the victory…..
Inter’s Ricky Alvarez was also interviewed by Premium Calcio after the game and commented on the last shot which went wide: “If it had gone in, we would have gotten three important points. We couldn’t hold on to the lead until the end, but if we want to stay at the top, we must play smarter. I think we played our game in the major part of the game, we lacked a bit of luck and we fail to maintain the lead, we have to learn that.”
Who does Ricky dedicate his goal to? “Nobody, because it was of no use, we wanted the three points.”
Juan Pablo Carrizo also reflected on the 1-1 draw in Bergamo…..
Carrizo who made a fine save on Yepes’ shot, spoke to Inter channel’s microphones.
“It was just a goalkeeper’s instinct that I made that save when Yepes was right in front of goal, but I’m nevertheless sad because we couldn’t win, we really wanted three points with us back home. But the situation is still a little bitter, but it’s more important get that one point than to remembering our performance., we tried with Ricky and Palacio in the end ,but now we have to understand that we only got a draw and we didn’t play better than that. “
Other notable tidbits…..
Samir Handanovic’s injury which forced him off at Half Time is not expected to be serious.
There are rumours that Rolando may have picked up a knock and could be doubtful for Udinese.
Javier Zanetti is very close to a return and could be named into the squad in one of the next two fixtures.
Boss Mazzarri questioned the players killer instinct, even mentioning that some didn’t even wear the correct footwear.
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