Player Ratings Rapid Wien 0 – 1 Inter: Lautaro Martinez Wins It Again

Player Ratings Rapid Wien 0 – 1 Inter: Lautaro Martinez Wins It Again
February 15, 2019 10:00
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Inter did almost everything right in defence and midfield, but the team’s attacking troubles continued to haunt the players even in the Europa League. The Rapid Vienna squad last played an official game in December and their rustiness allowed Inter to come back with a crucial away goal and win. 

Samir Handanovic – 6.5: Samir was only needed once during the game and he came up with a big save to bring the lead to Milano. Caught the crosses and had a good walk.

Cedric Soares – 5.5: Looked unsure with and without the ball. Couldn’t string anything together in attack all game. Still is Inter’s best set piece taker by a country mile.

Stefan de Vrij – 6.5: Steady, Skriniar like game tonight. His movement and anticipation is under-rated. His passing was important too today. What a signing!

Joao Miranda – 6.5: Just like De Vrij, a very steady performance. If you have to  find fault maybe the Knasmuller chance was his error. Great to have him as backup.

Kwadwo Asamoah – 6: Rock solid in defence, also helped by their poor attacking movement. Kwadwo also made quite a few forays forward and played some good balls.

Matias Vecino – 6.5: One of his finest games for Inter. Made some crucial crunching tackles, good passes, great movement. Finally played like the guy Spalletti wants him to.

Borja Valero – 6: Considering he was out with injury and hasn’t played 90 minutes in months, this was a good performance. Slow start but then he picked it up slowly.

Matteo Politano – 5: Two weeks off suspended, you would expect Matteo to be firing on all cylinders. He was timid, error prone and poor tonight. Unacceptable.

Radja Nainggolan – 5: Not the same Radja we saw at Parma. In his defence he doesn’t have 2 games a week in his legs. Cant see him starting against Sampdoria on Sunday.

Ivan Perisic – 5: If you squint throughout the 90 minutes you would not realize the difference between him and Candreva last season. Keita needs to be fit soon.

Lautaro Martinez – 7: With all that is going around him, this was a fantastic performance. Yes he took 15-20 minutes to start up but when he did he was quite a handful.

Antonio Candreva – 5.5: That free kick routine between Candreva and Perisic summed up Inter. Clueless running, made the wrong decisions on the ball in his 10 minutes or so.

Danilo D’Ambrosio – N/A: Brought on to shore up the defence and did a good job of it. Forced to take a booking after that Borja shot and Ivan run. Inter’s best right full-back.

Luciano Spalletti – 4: Is Spalletti really training them during the week? Why are they always passing sideways? Why are Inter so impotent no matter who plays? Poor.

Tobias Stieler – 5: Some of Steiler’s decisions irked Rapid and rightfully so. But he got all major decisions including the penalty right. Always had control of the game

Inter – 4.5: Ugly wins are good if you win the next one. The Parma performance was encouraging but the attack was insipid and unwatchable tonight.

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By Suneet Bajaj