Inter looked like they had the Monday blues at kick off and a nervous crowd of almost 60,000 at the Giuseppe Meazza didn’t make them feel better until a low Politano shot went in.
Samir Handanovic – 5: Did he have his kindle? Inter need to get him one for games like this. Absolutely nothing to do for 89 of the 90 minutes. A couple of low crosses to collect.
Cedric Soares – 6.5: A fullback who runs with pace and whose first instinct is to attack and can cross consistently well. Breath of fresh air. Deserved a goal, unlucky to hit the post.
Joao Miranda – 6: Filled in for de Vrij to the best of his ability. Not the same level of passing out from the back. Sturdy and reliable as an old Japanese car when defending.
Milan Skriniar – 6: Much more involved in the passing and movement of the ball as Stefan de Vrij was out injured. Had to do more in the first half but defended well in the second.
Kwadwo Asamoah – 6: Continues his good run. Always looking for a telling pass. Always making that space to cross. Very practical in defence and first to any loose ball.
Borja Valero – 5.5: Started slowly. Then in Chievo’s half he always was timid. Got caught napping on the ball twice in the first half but then decided to kill the mistakes.
Matias Vecino – 5: Not sure what his role is. Nothing special of note in the first half in both phases of the game. The head injury hindered him a little bit in the second.
Matteo Politano – 7: Much improved performance by Matteo. When he shoots accurately he is a completely different player. Hopefully not a serious injury as Inter need him.
Radja Nainggolan – 6: Missing in most of the first half. Couldn’t involve himself in moves. Then decided to grab the bull by its horns and it flowed. Determined.
Ivan Perisic – 6: Too wasteful. Tries the stepover but they don’t come off. Still deadly in the box and showed it in the second half. Passing/crossing was not on point.
Mauro Icardi – 5: Just like Radja, he suffered and struggled to make an impact. Unlike Radja just seems to have his mind elsewhere and it shows. Making simple errors.
Antonio Candreva – 5.5: Finally made the impact Spalletti looks for from the bench. Looks to have a decent touch again. Kept his cool on the second goal. Should not take corners, ever.
Roberto Gagliardini – 6.5: Was involved much more in his 25 minutes then what Vecino did in his 65. Could have scored too. Heavily involved in both phases and never stopped.
Lautaro Martinez – N/A: Lautaro didn’t have much time and couldn’t get involved much as Chievo were crowding the box. Maybe Inter need to try him out in a wing forward role.
Luciano Spalletti – 5.5: This was an easy game to plan for as everyone knew Chievo were going to park the bus. Gave his wingers more freedom than usual and it worked.
Paolo Valeri – 7: Valeri and his team did a fine job. It’s difficult to remember any minor or major mistakes. The red card was justified. All other bookings too.
Inter – 6.5: A giant mental step forward taken towards playing in the Champions League next season. Now Inter go to Naples to play Napoli to get this Champions League place sorted out.
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