With Vecino, Gagliardini and Miranda out with injury and suspensions, Inter faced a tricky game against Chievo who had not lost in their last 3 Serie A outings. Inter were under pressure as they knew a win would put them top ahead of the trip to Allianz Stadium to face Juventus. What we witnessed today was a special win, considering that a few of our players had not started games in a while. 5-0 to go along with a 5 star performance and utter domination.
Samir Handanovic – 7: Fresh from his extension, he saved 4 shots with ease. Most of the action was at the other end though. His quick throwouts were amazing.
Danilo D’Ambrosio – 7.5: Better and improved like a lot of players here, this one attacks and puts in hard tackles when they are needed. Cant ask for more today.
Milan Skriniar – 8: After making a human mistake last time out, this time the alien has returned. You didn’t fool us. That goal was special, can watch countless times.
Andrea Rannochia – 6.5: 1st professional game in about 3 months. Didn’t have much to do defensively but provided a threat on setpieces as well. Stupid booking though.
Davide Santon – 7: 100th appearance and he delivered a great performance. The first goal came from his shot and has grabbed the oppurtunity with both hands.
Borja Valero – 6.5: In his favoured role he was absolutely perfect. Ran effectively, moved to dismantle Chievo and always was the leader with the ball. Master.
Joao Mario – 6: Joao should have scored today and seemed dissapointed to not do so. Played much better in the 2nd half and this can only help his confidence.
Candreva – 7.5: Worldclass performance tonight, he out-ran, out-paced each and every time. He contributed defensively when it was needed. Got another assist.
Brozovic – 6.5: His performance tonight was great apart from the shooting bit. Hit the cross bar but overall was always a threat. Important assist for Icardi as well.
Ivan Perisic – 9: Only sometimes, the best decisions are the ones you don’t take. Ivan has returned, rest of the Serie A better watch out. 3 classy goals.
Mauro Icardi – 7: Got his usual goal from his 1 shot on target but his team-mates didn’t find him in the right place tonight. Top scorer and impossible to stop.
Eder – 6: Didn’t nothing of note in his 15 mins or so, but Spalletti sees the effort and he’s the first sub in as usual.
Dalbert – 6.5: Very important performance from Dalbert today, he seemed like the one that played at Nice last season and managed a couple of decent moves.
Karamoh – N/A: Not much time for young Yann today, but he still could’ve scored. Another short outing with a lot of promise, skill and trickery.
Luciano Spalletti – 8: Tricky game, without his usual stalwarts and Spalletti developed a game plan that was executed perfectly. Responsible for us being top of Serie A.
Calvarese 7: Another good referee today, managed the game well, never lost control and wasn’t challenged much as Chievo were absoiutely dominated.
Inter – 9: Without 3 of our regulars, with the pressure of knowing that we needed to go top, these guys didn’t dissapoint. Confident, proud and strong.