In what was a classic Italian top of the table clash, Inter risked losing top spot many times as Cuadrado and Mandzukic created a lot of trouble on both flanks. Inter rarely managed to create anything in attack and have to thank Man of the Match Handanovic for coming back home with a point. Spalletti was out-thought by Allegri tonight and Inter had no answers but the silver lining in the cloud is that the Nerazzurri are still 2 points ahead of 3rd placed Juventus.
Samir Handanovic – 8.5: The only reason we came back with a point. Outstanding saves, great leadership at the back in a very difficult game. Only 1 mistake throughout the match.
Danilo D’Ambrosio – 4.5: I don’t have a count of how many times Mandzukic won headers or got behind Danilo. We are lucky the Croatian was wasteful. Too slow, too weak.
Milan Skriniar – 5.5: His worst game in an Inter shirt, was pressured and closed down all game. Did a little better in the 2nd half but D’Ambrosio wasn’t helping him at all.
Joao Miranda – 6: That rest week really showed today. Kept Higuain pocketed for the 90 mins. Not an easy job to do. Couldn’t do much to help Santon as a result.
Davide Santon – 4.5: Cuadrado was given too much time and space on the ball, again and again. He looked slow and tired all night. Lets hope his injury isnt serious.
Borja Valero – 6: All his experience and calmness was needed tonight and he brought it. Too bad the rest of the team couldn’t use it in attack. Masterful tonight.
Matias Vecino – 5.5: Was involved a lot in attack and a lot in defence, his pairing with Borja is perfect. Only player who wanted to push and drive forward all the time.
Antonio Candreva – 5: Missing in attack, because his flank was being raided and controlled by Mandzukic. Helped out tremendously in defence but not enough tonight.
Marcelo Brozovic – 4.5: Tonight the desire was there but he had a couple of golden chances which he fluffed. He needs to learn from this. The attitude has improved.
Ivan Perisic – 4.5: Ivan made a lot of mistakes tonight. He didn’t help out Santon. He didn’t attack with verve, he gave the ball away under no pressure at all.
Mauro Icardi – 4.5: His team-mates didn’t find him. He couldn’t get involved and the only time they gave him a ball to run onto he could have won a penalty. Missing.
Henrique Dalbert – 6: A breath of fresh air, totally nullified Cuadrado once he was on. Perisic played his best minutes when Dalbert was on. Maybe he gets to start now?
Roberto Gagliardini – 5.5: Spalletti needed muscle when he brought Roberto on and that’s what he got. Didn’t let Juve dwell too much on the ball in his 20 mins or so.
Eder – N/A: One stupid free kick aside didn’t have much to do tonight. His pace could have been useful had he been given a few more minutes at the end
Luciano Spalletti – 5.5: Poor first half plan. Inter were lucky to go in 0-0. Things didn’t change in the 2nd half and he took too long to shut the flanks down. Lesson learnt.
Paolo Valeri – 7: Never lost control of a game where tempers could flare so easily. It was a physical game and I cant complain about the cards or fouls. Not a penalty.
Inter – 8: An important point for the season and if we take the right lessons from this game, it’s a blessing in disguise. Inter havent lost to last seasons top 3.
Do you think Inter gained valuable experience tonight? Is staying unbeaten after playing last seasons top 3 teams away a great achievement? Why didnt Inter’s attack click?