Italian journalist Paolo Condo believes that Inter were hurt by the late arrivals of key South American players in their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lazio earlier this evening.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Condo gave the view that the Nerazzurri were not able to get the best contributions from the South American players who are important to the team.
Inter started the match against the Biancocelesti with Ivan Perisic moved into an attacking position from his customary left-wing-back role, with neither Lautaro Martinez nor Joaquin Correa deemed to be fit to start the clash.
Perisic dispatched the penalty which gave Inter a first-half lead, but his contributions were not enough to put the Biancocelesti away as the Nerazzurri looked to extend their advantage.
In the end, Inter did not see the best of either Martinez or Correa once they came on, and Condo is of the view that this was one of the deciding factors which prevented them from getting a result from the Stadio Olimpico.
“Inter’s advantage put the game on a track that both teams liked,” he said. “For Inzaghi there was a chance to counterattack, while Sarri could attack at full blast. In the end, the game was decided by key episodes, when Inter play matches with high-level teams (ie. teams who play in Europe) they have not yet won one, including Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Atalanta and Lazio.”
He reflected, “Inter paid a lot for the absence of the South Americans, because Lautaro was only included in the last few minutes.”