Italian journalist Andrea Di Caro analysed Inter’s painful 2-1 derby loss to rivals AC Milan yesterday in the columns of today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper la Gazzetta dello Sport.
“AC Milan must continue to aim for a place in the Champions League, if in a few months the table is still favourable, then maybe they can think of something else.
“Inter’s goal, despite being five points behind in the table and needing to fix many small issues, is still the league title. It couldn’t be otherwise, given the squad and the investments over recent years.”
He highlighted how the Nerazzurri’s start to the season has shown both positive and negative things, as well as needing to account for the Covid-19 pandemic.
“These first games have shown good things and bad things which Conte must fix.
“Having prepared for this derby in a full Covid explosion in Appiano Gentile is a solid excuse, but it is not enough to explain the lack of superiority in the derby.”
Finally, Di Caro commented on how the team’s defense is clearly the biggest issue at the moment and must be fixed.
“But the team has the duty to grow and regain solidity in defense where there are too many individual mistakes. Kolarov’s mishaps as a central defender are nothing new, in Rome they knew this well.”
Inter coach Antonio Conte had limited options for yesterday’s derby against the Rossoneri, due to the number of Covid-19 infections suffered by the Nerazzurri.
Six players tested positive for the contagion and missed the game, including starting defenders Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni. The 21-year-old Italian has since tested negative and is hoping to return for the Champions League opener against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Other infected Inter players include Ionut Radu, Ashley Young and Roberto Gagliardini, with Radja Nainggolan recently returning a negative test.