Terzo Tempo: Poor Conversion
Inter-Sassuolo was by far one of the strangest games which surely left many Interista’s thinking about how this loss came about. What happens in a situation like this is that when there is such a big game with so much at stake with such a small team in the middle, there’s a tendency to over look the smaller team which is exactly what caused Inter to slip up in regards to their level of focus. All though it could be argued that Consigli probably played one of the best games of his careers, Inter did lack in finishing in the final third probably because of how focused they were on the Lazio game next week.
Inter lined up in their standard 4–2-3-1 with Ranocchia in the middle of the back line and Vecino once again next to Brozovic. Sassuolo lined up in a 3-5-2 which meant that they wanted to play the numbers game which would give them that extra advantage in the midfield even though it wasn’t evident until after the first goal. Politano’s free kick was pivotal in this game because it set Inter into desperation mode. After that well thought and excellently executed free kick, Inter was forced to throw bodies forward to level out the game which spreads the field vertically. Once the field is spread, the minute Sassuolo had the ball because they had numbers in the midfield, one of the midfielders was able to play in between the spaces of Inter’s backline and the two midfielders. With the movements of Politano and Berardi it gave Sassuolo the simple counter attack option. It was always the same but Inter had no choice to leave that option because they had to throw everything at Sassuolo. Politano would pull close to his midfielder in the whole and Berardi would stay higher forward (or vice versa) to create the one on one which unfortunately led to the second goal.
In regards to Icardi’s chances, as many people may have noticed, Icardi is very emotional complex when he plays and the very second that Consigli made that near impossible cross box save from point blank range Icardi was completely thrown off his game. Consigli continued to haunt Icardi and get into his head which is what caused him to miss the rest of his chances. All in all, the poor conversion in Inter’s game can be directly contributed to two key points, the first being that they overlooked the hurdle of a bottom table opposition and the second is that that they were to shook and discouraged by the fact that they weren’t converting clear cut chances which visibly took a toll on their moral as the game played on.