Player Ratings – Inter 2 – 0 Atalanta: Icardi’s Brace Lifts Inter To

November 20, 2017 09:30
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After a poor first half, Mauro Icardi scored 2 headers in the space of 9 minutes to send Inter to second place in Serie A teable, just 2 points off of Napoli. Milan Skriniar was his usual mountain of a defender as Inter looked more solid than ever and genuinely played like a big club. Spalletti finally made a change to the starting lineup bringing in Davide Santon instead of Yuto Nagatomo.

Samir Handanovic – 6: Samir didn’t have much to do, but keep himself awake for that 1-2 chances that might fall Atalanta’s way. Did that and looked very confident.

Danilo D’Ambrosio – 6.5: This is more like the D’Ambrosio we like. Gambled a little bit and that paid rich dividends tonight. Could have easily got another assist as well.

Milan Skriniar – 7: Every game the only thing that changes is the name of attacker that is bullied. Tonight it was Papu and Petagna. Smart, effective, simple. Boss.

Joao Miranda – 7: Looks like his evil twin brother is now gone. We have the original one back. Great performance, almost mirrored Skriniar and kept his side quiet.

Davide Santon – 6: First full game in more than 6 months. Didn’t cause major problems but helped us move the ball better. Got beaten 1-2 times as he tired later on.

Roberto Gagliardini – 6.5: Helped out Skriniar and Miranda a lot. Doesn’t dwell on the ball for long. He needs to not give the ball away in the center circle though.

Matias Vecino – 5.5: Missing for most of the 90 mins tonight. Did the tough work of battling against 2-3 mids who closed down strong and quick, not his best game.

Antonio Candreva – 7:  Always gives 100%. He started well, then made a few mistakes but was impervious in the 2nd half. That free kick was perfect and broke Atalanta.

Borja Valero – 5.5:  That magical flick in the first half to send Icardi through was beautiful. Was pushed around a lot but he needs to be dynamic if he plays in the number 10 role.

Ivan Perisic – 5: Another game where Ivan was everywhere but not where he is most effective. Roamed around quite a lot but never threatened to score or make an assist.

Mauro Icardi – 8: Missed an easy chance in the first half but came back strongly in the 2nd half. 13 goals in 13 Serie A matches. Led from the front and battled all night.

Marcelo Brozovic – 5.5: Looked off the pace in his 15 mins or so. Borja looked 10 years younger compared to Marcelo tonight. His touch evaded him, nothing to write home about.

Joao Mario – N/A: 10 minutes just to get some confidence going as he scored his first for Portugal during the international break. Not enough time to show anything.

Eder – N/A: Just ran the entire injury time. Explosive pace will be useful sometime in this season for sure.

Luciano Spalletti – 7: Poor first half, but realised what was wrong and there is nothing that can replace experience. Great second half that we played like a big club.

Michael Fabbri – 6: Let the play flow sometimes a bit too much, missed a couple of obvious fouls on both sides but a breath of fresh air for the Serie A enthusiasts.

Inter – 7: Their first half performance was very meek. After they regrouped, they showed us why we are unbeaten and why we should be hopeful.

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Suneet Bajaj
By Suneet Bajaj
  • Alex

    Very harsh grading this time. But if we say Mauro gets 8, then D’Ambro and Miranda should at least get 7.5. Handanovic 7, not only because of his two brilliant saves but because of his good ball distribution. Santon gets a 5 in my book and the rest of the team get above 6.

    If you want to know how grading works, I suggest you play Alex Hunter on FIFA 18! Gives you a good notion of how grading works…

  • susanto r9

    MOTH is captain icardi…
    but it’a quite worrisome because we looks like relying on him too much

    • Oro_^o^

      Be glad we have someone we can relied on.

  • Sean Patrick

    Ivan was at least a 6/6.5, his contribution in the defensive phase and his running and pressing worked wonders for us.

    • susanto r9

      Perisic work hard to cover santon lack of positioning

      • Sean Patrick

        Yeah, especially in the last 15 minutes when Santon ran out of steam.

  • common sense

    never forget there is alot of ppl here who still thinks icardi is not worth the hype… i pity them..

    • Pradana Gilang

      Inter used to have more technically complete and technically gifted striker like ronaldo, milito, etoo, chino recoba, crespo, ibra, and adriano. That’s why some people here -including me, who only starts following Inter since Ronaldo era- doesn’t include Icardi on their top 5 list of all time Inter striker. But, as I have already said before, for 20-30 goals a season, I can’t complaint so much on him. And, better for us fans, to swept aside this topic and let icardi being icardi as long as he gave us precious three point continuously.

      • zuldegret

        I would remove Crespo, Milito and maybe Etoo from that list.

        • Pradana Gilang


  • Firman Winardi

    Borja & Ivan needed more,
    Don’t forget how good Ivan’s defensive work rate