Spalletti tried to change things around by starting Rafinha but Inter’s first half display was dismal and gave Benevento some hope. However the doom and gloom was lifted temporarily by a goal from a corner that was headed in by Milan Skriniar. Andrea Ranocchia headed another one in 3 minutess later as Inter jumped up to the third spot in the Serie A ahead of today’s fixtures.
Samir Handanovic – 6: Benevento had one shot on target and he did well. He was wide awake on crosses and backpasses today. Much better than last weekend.
Joao Cancelo – 5.5: Too indecisive with the ball, does nothing or does too much and gives it away. Not much work to do defensively, good set pieces tonight.
Milan Skriniar – 7: If Skriniar stays at Inter long enough, he will carve his name amongst the legends here. Leader, fighter, one man army. What a time to score!
Andrea Ranocchia – 5.5: This week Andrea scored in the right goal, however he was clumsy all night and could have given away a penalty. His long passes made everyone uncomfortable.
Danilo D’Ambrosio – 5: Not a left back. Not a single decent run or combination with Perisic. If he’s not playing on the right, he shouldn’t play at all.
Roberto Gagliardini – 5.5: First half was horriffic. It seemed he forgot how to play football. Like Vecino he improved incredibly after the interval. Long way to go though.
Matias Vecino – 5.5: Exactly like his midfield partner, too many wayward passes and too few attacking runs. Turned it around in the second half which is something positive.
Antonio Candreva – 4.5: Poor touches, too slow on the ball. Ran offside too many times. His cameo as a trequarterista was much better. Shouldn’t have started.
Rafinha – 5.5: Rafinha couldn’t get involved in the game at all. Maybe it was his fitness but mostly it was his team-mates who just couldn’t help him, even just a little bit.
Ivan Perisic – 5: Full of running. Gave a lot of help defensively, but what we want to see are his goals and assists. Had just one chance to score and received no help from D’Ambrosio when going forward.
Eder – 5: Eder “Candreva’d” tonight. Got everything wrong. Played better after Inter scored but was still missing where it mattered. Goes down too easily.
Yann Karamoh – 6: A breath of fresh air on the right wing. He and Cancelo seemed to have developed a better understanding than Candreva and Danilo D’Ambrosio. Belongs in the starting 11.
Marcelo Brozovic – N/A: Booed and jeered when he came on. The less said about the smirk the better. His relationship with the fans might be beyond repair.
Luciano Spalletti – 5: Worst 1st half of the season considering that the opponents occupy 20th place in the league. Why does this Candreva start? Why does Danilo D’Ambrosio play on the left hand side of defence?
Luca Pairetto – 5: Some might argue he was too lenient on the penalty call. Missed cards on Gagliardini too. Gave away too many minor free kicks and missed some clear ones.
Inter – 5: A win that might help them work calmly during the week. But that first half performance sticks out like a sore thumb. Need to repair what is broken before next week’s derby.
Does Candreva deserve to start in the derby? What can be done about the situation with Brozovic? Should Karamoh start every match from now on? Is Rafinha’s best used when he comes on as an impact sub?