What a frustrating week it has been if you are a Nerazzurri supporter.
Inter succumbed to their third defeat in eight Serie A games with a home defeat at the hands of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna. The Serb’s resolute side also came from behind to beat Inter with just ten men to further heighten the damage.
Inter travelled to the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in the week to take on high flying Hellas Verona and were once again found frustrated.
Following an early lapse in concentration from Milan Skriniar, Inter found themselves behind to a Darko Lazovic goal at half-time. However, some excellent pressing straight from the restart saw Inter reverse the score into a 2-1 lead.
Tired legs began to set in and Miguel Veloso punished Inter with a late equaliser to cost the black and blue two points.
Monday night’s affair with Torino at San Siro threatened to go the same way as the visitors took a surprise early lead through Andrea Belotti capitalising on a rare Samir Handanovic error.
However, much like Verona, Inter came back hunting and goals from Ashley Young, Diego Godin and Lautaro Martinez saw them finish the week off with a win.
Now the recap is done, let us have a closer look at what we have learned over the past week.
Danilo D’Ambrosio Is Wasted At Wing-Back
Lazaro didn’t work out, Candreva is well..Candreva and Moses is lacking fitness and consistency so it is going to be nice next season to have Achraf Hakimi to come in and claim that role.
In the mean time, it is clear that Danilo D’Ambrosio is better served staying away from wing-back and playing on the right hand side of the back three.
His lack of pace, lack of ability to get up and down the flank to support both ends of the pitch makes him much more suited to playing in the three in front of Handanovic.
His tough tackling, body on the line and close marking make him a much stronger defender than attacker so he must be used solely as a defender.
For the remaining games, Candreva as wing back or Moses if he is fit should be the way to go.
Ashley Young Is Solid
Ashley Young arrived with little to no fan fare. Manchester United fans weren’t too fussed about him leaving and the fee and age of the man made it look a deal worth raising your eyebrows at.
However, his goal against Torino was his third in eight games for the club and his ability to put a wicked cross into the box causing havoc and creates a good opportunities for Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.
Defensively he looks sound and he’s certainly in great shape, outlasting pretty much any player on the pitch despite approaching his mid thirties.
Of Antonio Conte’s wing backs signings, Young has proven himself to be the best thus far and long may his current excellent form continue.
Handanovic’s Still Got It But Inter Need To Look To The Future
An average week for Samir Handanovic is usually solid and reliable to when he drops a clanger it gets noticed.
His error, cause by lack of flexibility than judgement against Torino reminded Intersti that we don’t have much long left in the Slovenian as a top level goalkeeper.
Yes keepers do go on more and Handanovic could make 40 and still play but that age isn’t miles away and looking around the club there is a distinct lack of cover or contingency planning in place should he start to decline.
Daniele Padelli and Tommaso Berni are merely bench warmers and the likes of Ionut Radu and Michele Di Gregorio who have been out on loan look as if they lack the talent to play in a Champions League side challenging for the Scudetto.
Juan Musso of Udinese has been mentioned and for sure it doesn’t need to be done tomorrow but Inter do need to start looking at the long term in terms of their goalkeeping department.
Christian Eriksen Dropped In Favour Of Valero?
This was mentioned briefly in last weeks column but this week just took the biscuit.
Borja Valero is by no means one of the worst players to have pulled in the jersey over the past few years but he is so past it and also looking likely to leave in the summer.
So why is Conte playing him every minute physically possible at the expense of brand new peak Christian Eriksen?
Eriksen may not have been excellent since his arrival in January but he is the long term option and has proven world class potential. He should be being used now to get him used to the club, his relatively new team mates and simply to create more chances.
Valero is the past and Eriksen is the future Mister Conte.
The Club’s Dodgy Emails & Conte’s Whining Aren’t Good PR
After a few poor results the manager seems to have built up a reputation for hanging his players out to dry and sniping at the club for not signing the players he wants.
Sure we can get into the debate that he should use the players at his disposal to better effect so that they are beating Verona and Bologna but simply his comments aren’t productive.
Less talk and more action Mr Conte as the club has backed you and are buying into your project by paying you handsomely.
As for Mr Zhang and co, there are so many useful videos on YouTube on how to send e-mails so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.
Leaking the clubs vision, plans and mistakes this term is not great. Luckily there hasn’t been much revealed from the leaks but it needs to be ensured that a repeat doesn’t happen.
Moving forward the manager and club need to ensure they are more savvy when dealing with the media and the wider community.