Inter, once again, fell to the voodoo of Sassuolo in the opening round of the Serie A season. Not the start the Nerazzurri would have preferred as they are up against another wry opponent, as they welcome Torino to their fortress. The first home game of the season is previewed using stats from WhoScored for what should be a fascinating game for the Nerazzurri to kick-start their season.
Inter attempted 14 shots in the opening game, no goal. Evidence of poor execution. Last season’s capocannoniere, Mauro Icardi, managed 4 shots, tied with Matteo Politano for the highest shots per game. Torino on the other hand had 10 shots, Iago Falque hit 3 shots. Just like their opponent, Torino also failed to score on matchday one.
Despite the negative result, Inter only allowed 2 shots on target against Sassuolo. They won 68% of their aerial duels, Miranda with the most (4). Inter made 21 tackles and 12 interceptions, Brozovic produced 9 tackles while Asamoah intercepted the ball 5 times. Miranda made 4 blocks. Meanwhile Torino made 12 tackles and 14 interceptions in their first game. Nkoulou intercepted 3 balls, while, Baselli, Moretti, Rincon & Berenguer assembled 2 tackles each.
Moving the ball:
Inter had 58.7% ball possession and completed 9 dribbles. Brozovic, who seemingly look disappointing, made the most touches (133) and passes completed (95) in Serie A. Despite playing just 45 minutes, Perisic supply the most key passes (4) and crosses (3). Asamoah and Keita Balde each completed 2 dribbles. The Nerazzurri produced 87.2% pass accuracy; Miranda had a 94% success rate. The Granata average 44.4% possession and 73.1% pass accuracy in the first round. Berenguer average 40 passes while Nkoulou was the safest passer with 88.9%. Iago Falque remains their most dangerous man upfront with 4 key passes.
Whoscored rating leaders:
The three most rated players after Game one are Marcelo Brozovic (7.36), Kwadwo Asamoah (7.26) and Ivan Perisic (6.94). For the Torino; Tomas Rincon (7.41), Daniele Baselli (7.34) and Soualiho Meité (7.31).
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