Player Ratings – Inter 1 – 3 Udinese: Lasagna Eats Inter’s Defence Player Ratings – Inter 1 – 3 Udinese: Lasagna Eats Inter’s Defence
December 16, 2017 20:30
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Inter were on a 16 game unbeaten streak and absolutely dominated the first half. The 2nd half was a nightmare and reminiscent of the dark days under Frank De Boer were Inter couldn’t string a couple of passes together in the second half which led to Inter’s first defeat of the season.

Samir Handanovic – 5.5: Faultless on the 1st and 2nd goal and made some great saves, but could have been a little more proactive overall. This was more like last season.

Danilo D’Ambrosio – 5: He was ok defensively and made a great pass to help create a goal but didn’t use the oppurtunities to attack at all in the first half.

Milan Skriniar – 5: His worst game for Inter. Let Lasagna fool him too many times. His character shines through but was partially at fault for the 1st and 3rd goal.

Joao Miranda – 5: Tried to play like he did in Turin, battled hard but lost at crucial times. His evening was made worse by the guy to his left but poor overall.

Davide Santon – 4: Did some good things in the first half then made a foolish mistake. Our left was like an autostrada for Udinese. Should lose his place in the starting lineup.

Borja Valero – 4.5: Made the first mis-step today as an Inter player, on the first goal. But overall couldn’t make the team tick as he does. Suffered just like his team.

Matias Vecino – 4.5: Just like Skriniar, he had his worst game today. Never looked like winning the midfield battle or any 50-50’s. Needs to use the time out next week.

Antonio Candreva – 5: Yes he got the assist. Yes all our attacks came down the right, but today he always made the worst decisions on the ball. Poor crossing is back.

Marcelo Brozovic – 4.5: If he is the best trequarterista in this squad then Inter are doomed. Only did something when he came deep into our half, missed too many shots.

Ivan Perisic – 5: Is it time to put up the missing posters? Shockingly poor today. It wasn’t that we couldn’t find him, he just couldn’t do anything right at all.

Mauro Icardi – 6: Limited opportunites, but still got a goal for his team. Only made 1 mistake that springs to mind but even his determination wasn’t enough today.

Roberto Gagliardini – 6: Brought the strength Inter were lacking in midfield, won a lot of balls but came on at the wrong time as rest of the team had collapsed by then.

Yann Karamoh – 5.5: Usual spark and free kicks won. However his inexperience showed, he should be playing only when Inter are ahead as the pressure wont help.

Eder – N/A: Missed one header but didn’t have much to anyways in his 10 mins or so, just like Icardi we failed to find him or use him at all.

Luciano Spalletti – 4: Whatever he said at half time was wrong. Change of shape didn’t do anything. No way Candreva & Perisic deserved to play the 90 mins at all.

Mariani – 6.5: Good use of the VAR, Inter cant complain about the penalty. Didn’t make a couple of bookings that could be given on another day.

Inter – 4: This is a step back. The attitude in the 2nd half was like we had already won. It cost us dearly. Test of character coming up. Mentally absent.

Will Inter recover from this loss and come out stronger? Or is this the start of the traditional December crash-and-burn period? Do Brozovic and Santon deserve another chance? Was bringing on Karamoh the right substitution?

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Suneet Bajaj
By Suneet Bajaj