Inter’s dream of qualifying from the group stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2011/2012 season are very much alive.
This after a goal in each half from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva was enough to defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milano’s San Siro district.
Samir Handanovic – 6.5: Was back to his old stable, rock solid self where he commanded the area. Made two very important saves thanks to great reflexes.
Diego Godin – 6: Good performance where he did exactly what he needed to not to end up in situations where he would be beaten for pace.
Stefan de Vrij – 7: The most elegant central defender in world football. Fantastic passer of the ball which lead to the opening goal. Faultless.
Milan Skriniar – 6: His best performance in the three man defence since Conte took over. Looked very comfortable and relaxed.
Antonio Candreva – 6.5: His passport says 32 years old but he has the stamina of an 18 year old. Managed to save Inter from conceding as well as scoring a goal.
Nicolo Barella – 7: A silent leader. Completely nullified Axel Witsel defensively whilst also being able to create offensively. Football IQ through the roof.
Marcelo Brozovic – 6.5: Starting to look like the midfield maestro he must be in order for Inter to win games at this level. Assisted Candreva for the second goal.
Roberto Gagliardini – 6.5: Conte’s self-proclaimed pet project is already baring fruit. His best performance in an Inter shirt for quite some time.
Kwadwo Asamoah – 6: Ran tirelessly up & down the flank focusing mainly on his defensive duties. Brought off in 80th minute for Biraghi.
Lautaro Martinez – 7: Scored his 5th goal in the last 4 matches all coming against world class teams, barring Sassuolo. Turning into a superstar.
Romelu Lukaku – 5: Struggled from the start where he simply couldn’t get into the rhythm of the match which frustrated him into making simple mistakes.
Sebastiano Esposito – 6.5: Made his debut in the Europa League last season at 16 & now his Champions League debut at 17. Won a penalty which Lautaro missed.
Cristiano Biraghi – N/A: Brought on to replace the exhausted Asamoah but played too little to be able to be marked.
Borja Valero – N/A: Came on in added time and made his season debut for Lautaro and didn’t play enough to be marked.
Antonio Conte – 6.5: Got his tactics on spot on, especially in the first half. Got every substitution right, which he has struggled with at times this season.
Anthony Taylor – 7: Very good performance by the referee getting every major decision right. Used the VAR when he needed to and kept a consistent level.
Inter – 7: A mustwin match won. Very important for morale and confidence to be able to win against good sides when backs against the wall.
Agree? Disagree? Who was you man of the match?