Last night, Inter played Atalanta in what was a very scary game because they had just come back from international break and on top of it all Icardi was suffering from knee problems which forced the main man to withdraw from international duty. Inter’s game showed a lot of different things, not just in terms of their tactical ability which was a key reason for their dominance in the second half, but because of how they were able to pick themselves up after what wasn’t their best first half, they were able to come out looking like their strong, disciplined and focused selves.
The game was very interesting in a few different reasons. The first reason is that this game was bizarre was the incredibly obvious lack of focus by literally every single player in the first half, no passes were able to be completed and it looked like nothing was going Inter’s way.
The second thing that should be noticed was that Santon started at left back over both Nagatomo who’s been starting all season and Dalbert. It would be really interesting to find out exactly what the reason for this would be but if it were to be analyzed on a superficial level, it’s very evident that it was probably to add size to the back line and probably solidify it in terms of being able to win the aerial duels.
Inter’s second half was what was so impressive and thats where their personality was so present and dominant, something that the fans have been waiting for to see for roughly ten years. The second half consisted of basically the exact opposite of the first half. Very strong in terms of focus and devotion to pick up full points, especially on a week where most of the rest of the scudetto contenders won their games.
The midfield played especially well in that second half and I feel like today it just looked very pretty when they had the ball in the second half. They all looked calm and composed, lifted their heads up before passing all basics but also all essentials to having a game winning midfield and that’s why Inter has been successful not only today but through out the season.
Finally, Mauro Icardi, the man himself, Maurito always seems to find himself in the best and most clinical positions. His horizontal runs so deep in the final third is what makes it very evident that he’s incredibly intelligent and lethal.