Preview – Inter vs Fiorentina: The Start Of Another Year Zero

August 19, 2017 11:00
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The new season is upon us, and the revamped Nerazzurri open with challenging match against Fiorentina at San Siro. Match on Sunday at 20:45 CET.

It is difficult to remember a summer where so much business has occurred between Inter and Fiorentina, and come Sunday night, three protagonists will be making their official debuts for their clubs against their previous employer; Borja Valero and Matias Vecino for Inter and Stefano Pioli for the Viola.

While Inter fans welcome the new season with understandable scepticism and trepidation, their concerns about the new season are dwarfed by those of their Florentine counterparts who have lost the side’s manager and architect of their previous project along with two midfield protagonists and seem on track to lose their star striker as well. Pioli’s Fiorentina are still a bit of an unknown quantity, especially with the potential of not having striker Nikola Kalinic at their disposal. However, expect the Viola to try and implement Pioli’s aggressive and high pressing tactics.

Spaletti’s Inter have had a very promising preseason, and with the exception of the straight swaps (upgrades) of manpower on the pitch, it appears that the tactics will not vary much from those implemented by Pioli last season during their successful midseason run. Mauro Icardi will continue to be the focal point of attack and will be flanked by Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perisic. The biggest changes are in the midfield where Borja Valero will become the orchestrator and Vecino will slot in next to Roberto Gagliardini to sit in front of defence to give the side its backbone and transitional abilities.

Team News

As the Geoffrey Kondogbia transfer saga continues to unfold he remains frozen out of the squad. Injuries to the defensive comical trio of Andrea Ranocchia, Yuto Nagatomo and Davide Santon will thankfully keep them out of Spaletti’s consideration, otherwise he will have a full squad at his disposal.

Probable Inter line-up (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; Dalbert, Miranda, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio; Vecino, Gagliardini; Perisic, Valero, Candreva; Icardi (C)

Stats

Last Season: Inter 4-2 Fiorentina
Last 10 Head to Head: In the last ten matches between the two sides, no draws have been recorded. Fiorentina slightly edge Inter with six wins to the Nerazzurri’s four.

Keep an Eye on

Borja Valero: With the veteran Spanish midfield orchestrate having made the switch to Inter from Fiorentina just a few weeks ago, expect him to be extra motivated to make a good first impression on his new home fans against his previous club.

Officials

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento
Assistants: Posado, Vivenzi
Fourth Official: Pairetto
Additional Assistants: Guida, Di Paolo

Prediction & final comment

Prediction & scorers: Inter 2-0 Fiorentina with Icardi and Perisic scoring.

Final comment: It is undeniable that starting the season well on a strong note against a top contender can go a long way in ensuring that the pressure is relieved off the Nerazzurri for at least a few weeks.

  • Nagatomo my legend

    Inter 4-0 Fio (4-1 if Lord Naga in XI)
    With perisic x1 candreva x1 Icardi x2

    • ezekiel

      may your prediction come true.. LOL.. XD

  • Zoki

    So excited for the new season!

    • JAY

      I would really loved us to sign atleast one high profile vidal type of players

      • Zico 1908

        I dont think vidal would have add much.. we should have really focused on getting Veratti or Naingolan… or even both.

        • JAY

          Vidal adds

  • Keith

    3-1 my prediction with Icardi Perisic and Skriniar scoring

  • Renga Hutchinson

    Lollolol @ injuries to the comical trio. Hopefully they remain injured for the rest of the season if they are not sold.

  • Alex

    Jao Mario will start, mark my word. And we are lucky that none of Chiesa and Badelj can start… so we are facing a Fiorentina with 7-8 new players in their starting line up..

    • Bob

      yep, valero will partner one of vecino/gaglia and joao mario will play as the #10

  • Da Ruan

    Tagliavento, our old friend

    • Eusebio

      He should be banned from reffing any Inter games along with Rizzoli

      • InterGuy

        And Rocchi!

    • grilliant

      Exactly my first thought when i read it

  • Azzkikr

    “…. against a top contender”.

    Fiorentina are not a top contender, they will be lucky to finish in top 10 this season.

    • Alex

      Fiorentina did well at the end of the transfer market. And Pioli is a good mid-table club coach…

      They will finish top 10…

      • Eusebio

        I agree, they were def out of top 10 with players leaving but have made some good signings at the end of transfer window (Simeone and Benassi) to elevate them back into the top 10. Prob end up behind Lazio, so 7th.

        • Eusebio

          Actually forgot about Atlanta also so Fiorentina will prob finish 8th-10th.

        • Azzkikr

          They ended 8th last season and lost Bernardeshi, Valero, Vecino and soon Kalinic as well. Their 4 best players, dont tell me Simeone and Benassi makes up for that…

          They have less quality than the likes of Sasuolo, Samp, Cagliari, Udinese and Torino.

          Add calamity Pioli to that and its not hard to imagine them finishing below top 10, infact its the most probable.

          • JAY

            Their defense is gone too

          • Eusebio

            All of the teams you named finished below Fiorentina and have lost players also and have not replaced them with equal or better quality players also. So some of those teams have not gotten better, they’re prob on par with Fiorentina but not better. Besides Lazio/Atalanta/Torino I don’t honestly see another team better than Fiorentina.

            Samp has lost Skriniar, Muriel, and potentially will lose Schick (their top 2 scorers). Sassuolo has lost their coach and Defrel. Just some of the transfers I can think of to that list of teams.

          • FCINTER

            lol calamity pioli. Well said man, well said.