Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi must find the right balance between attack and defense when his side face Juventus at the San Siro this evening.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who highlight the tactical issues of the team compared to last season’s and what the coach must do to mitigate them.
Inter did not start out as a defensively formidable unit in Serie A last season, and had in fact conceded more than this campaign’s edition of the team in the early stages of the season.
However, then-coach Antonio Conte made the decision to orient the team more towards defending deep and denying opponents any space in the most dangerous areas.
The defensive strategy largely worked with the Nerazzurri keeping the strongest defensive record in the Italian top flight despite a defensively erratic start, while the counter-attack of Romelu Lukaku and the wing-backs meant that there was no lack of goals in the side.
This time around Inzaghi is relying on Edin Dzeko rather than Lukaku, and the former Roma striker does not have the pace or agility in behind that the Belgian possessed.
Accordingly, the team have had to play a more patient possession game and support the Bosnian numerically to get the best out of his technical ability and physical strength as he has brought more teammates into play.
This has left the team in trouble at the back at times as they have lacked cover when the opponent has been on the attack, and Inzaghi’s key task in their massive head-to-head with the Bianconeri will be to instruct his midfielders to be more careful in and out of possession while still getting the best out of Dzeko.