In November where Inter only played 3 games and won 7 out of the 9 points available, the Nerazzurri scored 6 goals whilst conceding only 2. Out of the 6 goals scored, 4 were scored by Icardi and 1 goal each from Eder and Brozovic, you would think that the Inter captain has finally won the player of month after coming in 3rd in October. The answer is yes, but this time Mauro Icardi has jointly won it with assist man Antonio Candreva.
Antonio’s month got off to a decent start against Torino (rating of 6.5) where he put in a great shift to no avail. His purple patch had begun but we couldnt make the most of the chances he created. During the international break that followed, he along-with the rest of Calcio lovers suffered a heartbreak but that only made him more determined to play better in his next outing. And that’s exactly what happened against Atalanta. That perfect free kick in the 2nd half against Atalanta (well finished by Icardi) was almost undefendable, he got an assist and was rated 7. Candreva was not done yet. His best performance came last week against Cagliari(rating of 8) where he was instrumental in the first goal where his cross was put on a plate by Perisic for Icardi and his great run and pass to a fresh Brozovic sealed the 3 points and his man of the match performance.
Icardi started off poorly against Torino(rating of 5.5) missing a lot of chances he would put to bed on any other day. It was his worst performance of the month even though he got an assist in to save a point. The high standards he has set sometimes let him down. But after a little niggle during the international break where he stayed in Milan, Maurito was back to his usual self against Atalanta (rating of 8). His first half was more like the Torino game but once Candreva had put that free kick where he wanted it there was no looking back for Mauro. That goal was followed by another within 10 mins. This 2nd goal was honestly his best this month so far, from that left footed D’Ambrosio cross Icardi made goal-scoring look easy. You could watch it a 100 times and not get bored of it. Mauro was not satisfied with being 2 in the Capocannoniere battle as he scored yet another brace away at Cagliari (rated 8, again). Inter were under huge pressure when Candreva’s cross landed on Perisic’s left. What followed was a typical poacher’s finish and Cagliari’s back was broken. They never played the same during that 90 mins. His second goal was also smashed in after a high ball in the 6 yard area fell to him and he is now joint on top with 15 goals.
Coming in 3rd is our October player of the month, Milan Skriniar. His game against Torino (rating of 7) was a difficult one where he battled with a very physical striker like Belotti and managed to keep him quiet. He also earned his first booking for Inter in his 12th game and was man of the match as Inter let go of their 100% home record. After starring for Croatia in the midfield, he came back to bully Papu Gomez and Petagna against Atalanta(rating of 7) as Inter returned to winning ways. Against Cagliari(6.5) his only non-mentionable moment was the goal that Pavoletti scored. But even that was a great cross and a great finish as thats the only way Skriniar can be beaten. Long may his rise as one of Europe’s best central defender’s continue.
This is the same 3 that were on the podium in October so that says a lot about the team and coach. The last time, Skriniar came out on top followed by Icardi and Candreva to round of the top 3. Will this change in a busy December? Will we keep our unbeaten run going through these last 6 games of 2017? Will Candreva continue to be on top?
Do you agree that Icardi and candreva were Inter’s best players in November? Or do you think another player deserved it more? Is Skriniar’s first name still the only thing wrong with him?