Player Ratings Inter 2 – 0 SPAL: The 111th Birthday Party Goes According To Plan

Player Ratings Inter 2 – 0 SPAL: The 111th Birthday Party Goes According To Plan
March 10, 2019 22:30
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Inter needed a lot of huff and puff to blow away lowly SPAL at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milano’s San Siro district in the Serie A clash. The points are most welcome and so is the confidence it brings.

Samir Handanovic – 6: Easy catches and stops throughout the afternoon for Samir. Played some great passes to the wings that we didn’t take advantage off. Composed.

Cedric Soares – 6.5: Easily Inter’s best crosser of the ball. Too bad he turns up only once in a while. Played some terrific balls in and should be taking all set pieces now.

Stefan de Vrij – 6.5: Continued his fine run of form. Only saw him get beaten once in the first half. The rest of the time he was unbeatable aerially or otherwise.

Joao Miranda – 6: Had a tough encounter with Petagna especially now that we know he might have broken his nose and carried on. Battled throughout and won.

Henrique Dalbert – 5.5: Too timid and scared to attack with the ball, gives the ball away in dangerous positions but looked much better in the second half with the ball.

Roberto Gagliardini – 6.5: Unbelievable overhit pass in the first half and you felt it wasn’t his day. Played his heart out in the second half and scored an important goal.

Marcelo Brozovic – 5: Hopefully his injury isn’t too bad, it didn’t look anything like it. Was missing throughout the 41 minutes he played anyways. Needs recharging.

Matteo Politano – 6.5: Not sure why he always prioritizes keeping the ball over attacking a defender with it. Wastes energy but turned it around with that snapshot.

Joao Mario – 5.5: A few sparks here and there but not much quality provided. Improved with the team in the second half. Looked settled in the deeper role.

Kwadwo Asamoah – 6.5: Starts on the left wing in place of Perisic. Then moves to the defensive midfield position. Then plays as the third entral defender almost. Great squad player.

Lautaro Martinez – 7: Growing with each and every match he plays. This was a special selfless and committed performance. Deserved a goal and didn’t get a booking.

Antonio Candreva – 5.5: Didn’t look good when Inter were chasing the game. No chances created. Covered a lot of ground in the process. Shouldn’t be starting for Inter.

Andrea Ranocchia – 6.5: One of the huge positives of the game today. Played his heart out. Stopped a lot of counters and attacks. Dominated his space in his 45 minutes.

Borja Valero – 6.5: Brought to keep more control of the ball and didn’t give it away once. Made us tick and moved the ball away from our opponents. Experience.

Luciano Spalletti – 5: Still waiting to see us do well on counters and set pieces. The goal came through a slice of luck but it was deserved. Step forward by the team.

Gianpaolo Calvarese – 5: Missed a couple of yellow cards on SPAL’s players, especially Petagna. Used VAR correctly throughout but annoyed the hell out of the Meazza.

Inter – 6: Not the greatest game played, however the 3 points were important and will help the team’s confidence tremendously. Set pieces were woeful.

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By Suneet Bajaj