Now that the final international break of 2019 is over (get in), we can solely focus on Inter and their charge for the Scudetto.
Stood in their way this week was Torino, a side who have yet to find real consistency after a superb end to last term. Here is my view on what we learned this week about the Nerazzuri.
Inter Are Unbeatable…On The Road
Inter now find themselves seven from seven away from home in Serie A this term, the best record in the division at the best that they have recorded since the early 1950s.
Tricky trips to Sassuolo, Brescia and now Torino in recent memory would have resulted in lackluster draws or often defeats, but not this term.
Saturday evening’s 3-0 drubbing of the granata, in atrocious conditions, further signaled that Conte is enabling this side to find different ways of winning. The sign of a top side.
Barella’s Injury Couldn’t Have Come At A Worse Time
After landing awkwardly on the waterlogged surface at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Nicolo Barella now finds himself on the treatment table facing possible months out of action.
After contributing to Italy’s qualification for Euro 2020 over the international break and hammering in his first Inter goal against Verona the week prior, Barella was starting to hit the straps.
Much has been expected of the man for Cagliari given his outstanding potential and he has just been starting to show it in Inter colours at a crucial time of season.
With no quality replacement available until January at the earliest, Inter find themselves once again relying on wandering Vecino or even worse, old man Valero. Yikes.
At no point in a season is an injury to a key player a good thing but with games coming thick and fast as we head into Christmas, Inter can’t operate at full strength.
Stefan De Vrij Is The Most Underrated Centre Back In World Football
I’ll stand by that statement until the Dutchman proves me wrong. Out of the tremendous options Inter have in that position, De Vrij is the most reliable and consistent. Milan Skriniar may be the darling of the Inter faithful and a damn good player also, but it is De Vrij who keeps Inter solid.
It is absolutely outrageous to consider that Inter managed to persuade him to swap Lazio for San Siro with such ease and even better, for absolutely nothing!
Yes the Netherlands have De Ligt and Van Dijk, but why a defender of his quality does not get the international recognition he deserves is scandalous.
Less of the ranting however as let us remember that he belongs to Inter. It is easy to forget that even just two years ago the central defensive options in the squad were Marco Andreolli, Jeison Murillo and even Gary Medel. Let’s enjoy De Vrij and give him the praise he deserves, even if Holland don’t.
The Gabigol Conundrum
This Gabriel Barbosa lad at Flamengo looks handy doesn’t he? Nearly fifty goals this calendar year, winning goals in the Copa Libertadores final and will soon be a league winner, surely Inter would love such a player?
If only it was that simple.
After his disastrous performances under Frank De Boer and a failed loan spell at Benfica, Barbosa has been packed off to Brazil since last year.
A good run with Santos and an amazing spell at Flamengo so far are making fans wonder if it would be a good idea to recall the striker. With Sanchez injured until the new year, the team fighting on European and domestic fronts and only Esposito for back up as it stands, another striking option would be a good boost to Conte’s ranks.
A man in form, a player who Inter would no doubt be linked with if he wasn’t already their property or is he just suited to Brazil?
Sell Gabigol whilst his stock is high and get Giroud in? Give Gabigol another chance since he is still an Inter player? Let us know what you think.
Personally, I’d bring him back and give him until summer. He would be a good option to have around the squad.
Danilo D’Ambrosio The Last Banter Era Survivor
I’m not counting Samir because he is way too good to be even associated with that era. The same though could be said about our man D’Ambrosio, a man who has well and truly polarized opinion ever since he joined Inter back in 2014.
The right hand side had been home to Javier Zanetti, a god but in blue and black form. To expect a man who cost less than €2 million from Torino to replace him was going to be a big ask but he is certainly doing his best job despite so many doubters.
He’s survived countless managers and even countless replacements including the likes of Cedric, Vrjsalko and even Lazaro this year.
Since Inter began their revival under Spalletti and dragged themselves away from Milan like mediocrity, D’Ambrosio has stood up and been counted.
Key blocks last term against Empoli and in the derby as well as playing all across the back line, D’Ambrosio has proven himself to be a vital squad member who can be relied upon.
It wasn’t meant to be likes this at one stage as many typecast him as a banter era player but Danilo keeps on proving them wrong. Hats off to the man.