Terzo Tempo – What Goes Up Must Come Down
Inter played Udinese at home in what was a very shocking lost game to an inform bottom of the table team. Inter lost for a number of reasons today and the fact that their first defeat came almost right before the January transfer window may be a blessing in disguise. This will force the higher ups to take a hard look at the club and only want to better it because if Inter would’ve remained undefeated Sunning could have said that they have all the tools needed to achieve their goals of top four and/or Scudetto.
Today, the clear weak link was Santon, the first two goals were caused by a turnover on the first one and on the second one was just sloppy defending and poor placement. Inter then felt the need to revert to a three back to put all their chances in the likes of Karamoh while Santon came off. Karamoh showed a lot of good things and looked to be able to really drive the team forward and create chances but in the end it just wasn’t enough. Through out the game Inter just didn’t have luck on their sides hitting the wood work several times in the last twenty minutes.
The problems in the game started in the second half because the first half was a very successful one taking 18 shots, which if continued into the second half would have inevitably led to at least a goal and probably less goals against. The second half, consisted of so many wasted chances. For example, Inter had the opportunity to convert 8 corners in the last 38 minutes and not one of those corners were converted and only three hit the target.
To add to Inter’s inability to convert today, Perisic and Candreva both had horrible games in terms of basically not being able to create chances for themselves or Icardi, they both looked to have been off their game and looked like they lacked the creativity to build dangerous chances. Logically with the distribution being cut off Icardi was only able to convert while they were playing good soccer which was only in the first half.
In conclusion, if Inter would have played a full 90 minutes instead of playing well only the first half, Udinese probably wouldn’t have been on the ball as often which would have been less critical in regards to the final result.