Italian journalist Marco Bucciatini has highlighted the extent of Simone Inzaghi’s changes in the second half of their comeback win over Sassuolo over the weekend.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, the journalist made the point that with his four second half substitutions, Inzaghi decided to change 40% of the outfield players on the pitch to try and alter the game and deal with the Neroverdi’s threat.
Inter had not been at their best during the first half of the match at the Mapei Stadium, with the Neroverdi deservedly leading by a goal going into the interval and arguably unlucky not to be further ahead.
The Nerazzurri’s right side was struggling to deal with the threat of Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga, while Joaquin Correa looked ineffective up front, and Inzaghi was quick to act during the second half.
With ten minutes gone during the second half, the manager had seen enough and decided to make wholesale changes to his team in order to deal with the issues that were on show on the pitch, with his gambit proving to be a successful one.
Bucciatini explained the intent behind the changes, stating that “Inter swamped Boga’s wing, put Dimarco on the other side, Dzeko in front. They changed their entire concept on the pitch, Inzaghi changed 40% of the team.”