Terzo Tempo: Top of the Table!

October 31, 2015 23:33
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The nerves were high as Inter went into their clash with Roma with two less points and fifteen less goals. The Giallorossi were in sublime form and came into the match on the back of five consecutive league victories. Inter recently turned around their winless streak with a win away against Bologna. This match was between the league’s best attack (Roma) and the best defense (Inter). Something had to give at the San Siro on Halloween night.

Roberto Mancini shocked everyone by dropping Mauro Icardi. Stevan Jovetic started with Adem Ljajic and Ivan Perisic in attack. Geoffrey Kondgbia was dropped, and Fredy Guarin, Gary Medel, and Marcelo Brozovic made up the midfield. Danilo D’Ambrosio made a surprise start, while Yuto Nagatomo started on the left side.

Roma were without Danielle De Rossi, so Antonio Rudiger slotted into the middle of defense. Mohammed Salah and Gervinho partnered Edin Dzeko in attack, while Miralem Pjanic played with Radja Nainggolan and Alessandro Florenzi in midfield.

The match got off to a slow start, as both sides did not want to give anything away so early in the match. Roma kept possession early on in the match, and they nearly took the lead on 15 minutes when Dzeko’s header from Digne’s cross was saved by a diving Handanovic. Eight minutes later Dzeko had the goal to himself, but was denied by a sliding D’Ambrosio. After that chance, Inter turned it up  a gear and began to control the game. Ljajic and Jovetic moved very well together, while Brozovic was aiding the attack. In the 31st minute Jovetic held up the ball superbly, and laid it off to Medel, whose low powerful drive beat Szczesney. This goal gave Inter the confidence to control the rest of the half and head into the break with the advantage.

The first half was very even, and there were some pleasant surprises. D’Ambrosio was playing very well, and all of Roma’s joy in attack came on the other side of the pitch, where Gervinho gave Nagatomo headaches time and time again. Gary Medel looked fantastic in midfield alongside Marcelo Brozovic. The two helped Inter enter the second half in the lead.

In the second half Roma looked hungry to level the score. Gary Medel went off with a back injury and was replaced by Geoffrey Kondogbia. Minutes later the Frenchman gave the ball away in midfield, and Salah went through on goal. Murillo disrupted the Egyptian’s run, and Inter regained possession. Inter were bailed out by Handanovic in the 62nd minute, when the keeper saved Florenzi’s drive from distance and Salah’s rebound. Roma retained possession well, but were unable to carve out any further chances. In the 76th minute, Miralem Pjanic received a second yellow card for a hand ball as Roma were reduced to 10 men. One minute later, Szczesney produced a wonder stop to deny Brozovic’s scissor kick attempt. Inter had to power through the remaining 10 minutes of the match, and came out 1-0 winners against the league leaders.

After Medel’s injury, Murillo and Handanovic really stepped up to the plate. Brozovic’s energy was fantastic in midfield. This match must leave Mancini with a lot to think about. Should Icardi start? Should D’Ambrosio play? Should Kondogbia play? There are too many questions! Now Inter are the league leaders, and need to keep up the good form. It is imperative that the team gets behind one another for every game. Players like Kondogbia and Icardi must raise their level in order to return to the starting 11. Overall, Inter secured a hard fought 1-0 victory against Roma with a good performance. Inter are top of the table!

  • Tomasz

    How many spectstors at the stadium?

  • Deuces

    when i saw the line up, i actually was relieved, i had feeling there is more to it than punishing Icardi, Mancini reduced in tears for INTER made me change a thing or two of how i view this man.. amala

  • Mamoun

    Great win. It will hopefully give us confidence for the next games

  • Nugross

    Upvote for mancio selection without Icardi. Good choice, maybe he learn from the past when people said “we must build the team around Kovacic bla bla bla” and we keep failed. So I guess keep rotating Mr Mancio. FORZA INTER!!

    • Deuces

      Mancini rotate his giant squad at man city at his first year in the job.. what happened, he won the priemer league (happening)

  • Rahmad Hidayat

    Leonel Cristiano Guarin and Diego Armando Palacio…..

  • Jamson

    I’ve been critical of Mancini, but his decision to line-up without Icardi took a lot of courage and must be commended. Our structures functioned much better without a lone target man and our build-up play in the first half was the best it’s been in recent memory. The unpredictability and eagerness of the build-up was very pleasing to see. More of the same please!

    What does this mean for Icardi going forward? We certainly structure up better without him. Does he need to develop the ability to play a little deeper and construct play himself?

    And hope to see Nagatomo given the credit he deserves by all the fanboy band-wagoners on this forum. He was brilliant tonight. Perhaps our best outfield player after Brozovic.

    • ezeqiel

      i gave nagatomo credit today in other comment section, not just me, some of fans here do the same.. to be honest all player did his job well today.. there is some mistake, but it’s normal..

  • ezeqiel

    as expected, we’re missing some fans here.. ^^. the downside of winning a game for inter..TT

    • Jamson

      Fuck me mate, are you the fan-police on this site or something?

      3 comments on this article all judging the quality (in your eyes) of other people’s support of the club. Do you have anything useful to add?

      • ezeqiel

        sory mate.. i can’t fuck you.. i’m a straight guy.. XD.. everytime we win, you’ll see just a few people that show up here.. but when we lose, suddenly we have a buch of “fans” showing up.. i just wonder by the way.. ^^

        • Deuces

          he said fuck me so he wouldnt say fuck you, you should have been more graceful in your reply, we are Inter fans not milan

          • ezeqiel

            can’t you tell the different betwen insulting and joke!? if you really can’t i don’t know what to say..

          • Deuces

            well, intentions better clear than left open for bitter interpretations, regardless what i comprehended now its clearer for the next passer by.. cheers

          • ezeqiel

            well, if you see all of my comment, you should know my intention.. next time before you jump into something don’t make a quick assumtion.. read again carefully.. it’s very offensif for me when you compare us with Bbilan.. i know your comments in the past always insulting people.. but you have to know, that not all people here like you!!

          • Deuces

            ok what the guy wanted to tell you, i will sum it up for you low life BIATCH, go fuck your self, and your comment while you do that suck your mama’s dick because she hurt her flick, she was wasted and pasted and landed on brick, giant farting irish brick, pealed her ass and mulded her sink, if i wasnt busy i would have jumped your sister but her pussy stink.. next time keep your shit hole shut fuck face

          • ezeqiel

            LOL.. you spent too much time on rube site kid.. you become just like one of them!!!! maybe you should stayed there instead!!!

          • boln

            Hahahaha…
            Some people are angry when you said the truth(less comment when we win),
            They just feel ashamed when you expose that mate,lolll

          • ezeqiel

            even when we just joke around.. ^^

          • boln

            Hahahaha..
            That is why it is called ugly truth,even when we just use it as a joke,it cant be humour for them

          • ezeqiel

            LOL.. hahahaha…

          • ezeqiel

            oh i forgot, you are one of the fuck mancini guys.. and a big fans of mazzari.. now i remember you..

          • Jake

            Don’t need comments like these on this haven for interisti, please.

  • Abdullah Mohammed

    i think Kondgobia is gonna have a difficult time establishing himself with players like Melo & Medel in that midfield

    • Deuces

      Zidan had shit first season with Juv, pogba same with manchester, i cant remember a french player who adapt immediately, but when they get it right the become legends, and am sure the coach aware of that history fact

      • Abdullah Mohammed

        eventually hell do well for sure. but right now i think it will be hard for him to displace Melo and Medel

        • Tomasz

          He doesn’t play in the same position as Medel or Melo, buth rather Brozo and Guarin, and Brozo is etter than him at the moment. Kondgobia is not DM, we could see that when Medel left and we lost hold on the miedfield

  • Patar Ronnie Hatigoran

    Salutate la Capolista…!!!

  • Ahmed Haider Sultan

    I must apologise to mancini, i had doubts on his team selections, but i am stupid, you are the coach, i believe in your work and team selections, you are the right coach for us FORZA INTER FORZA MANCINI

    • ezeqiel

      well said mate.. if all inter fans like you, we’ll double up this team spirit to fight for every match..

  • Sliemen

    So I guess Montoya took the picture?

    • Inter4Ever

      This is… what… huh!? He isn’t there!?!?!?!

    • MrAwesomeness

      I thought it was Mancini.

    • Herrera

      i think it was Vidic who took the picture, Vidic is our professional photographer now

    • Abdullah Mohammed

      Maybe Icardi?

    • Wruce Bayne

      holyshit…our GK is deadpool

  • M. Ikhsan Habib Lubis

    Mancini made a bet with putting d’ambrosio and nagatomo on the field. And it turned out well. Had a feeling that he was playing a psychological trap for roma’s winger by fielding them. Anyway, thanks for the victory! Forza Inter!!!!

  • Amin Sadrnejad

    I think if there is a question that need to be answered, it is “Should Guarin play?”

    Nobody in the universe is able to play this bad and start every single match! Too many headless runs, too many wrong passed, and wait… WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT LAST MINUTE FREE KICK!? WHAT WAS HE THINKING!!!???

    • Ahmed Haider Sultan

      i agree he didn’t play good tonight, but that free kick was intentional and was mostly a way to time waste and to give roma the ball so we can defend and counter

      • Amin Sadrnejad

        Come on bro, Adem Ljajic was at his left. He could’ve passed the ball to him to keep it on the sideline.

        He wanted to score from that spot and that free kick just shows his stupidity.

        • Deuces

          you wont understand Guarin work until you are watching from the stands, i was like you, often the camera shows him off badly.. the coach sees it all, that doesnt mean his super, but he is orchestrating midfield very well,mistakes always happened, and Roma had thier shares of them, the media talking about roma like they were lost herosforgetting that in terms of wasteful chances we have same opportunity we wasted quite few too.. the match was great

          • Amin Sadrnejad

            What is it to change from the stands? He makes wrong decision after wrong decision. Just compare him with Brozovic and u’ll understand what I say.

    • Jake

      Yes he should play, what game were you watching? Did you see the way he directed the whole team with his leadership? There is a reason why he is vice captain and starts nearly every game, trust Mancini, guaro is an experienced international and keeps everything in check.

      • Amin Sadrnejad

        What r u actually talking about man? Are those countless wrong decisions some parts of his leadership?

        What about that occasion in the 2nd half when we countered with 4 against the 2 and again his late pass was cut short by Roma defender???

        • Jake

          Everyone makes wrong decisions, but what he makes up for in missed passing is passion and grit and leadership, which for this season is so important because we must finish high up.
          I remember that but it was a tough decision, once he hesitated he had to shoot. Ljajic passed poorly in another glorious chance as well but we gotta know that’s gonna happen sometimes.

  • Inter4Ever

    Well said. I’ll leave the thinking to mancini on who should start 😀

    Forza Inter for now!

    • ezeqiel

      forza inter for “now”!?

      • Inter4Ever

        I mean I’ll leave my sentence for now

        • ezeqiel

          i’m just kidding mate.. since i have freetime today.. XD.. i’d try to be a nit-picking bastard.. hahaha..

          • Inter4Ever

            Hehe no problem 😀