Inter are right back in the Serie A title race after giving Napoli their first defeat of the season after winning 3-2 in a thrilling match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in Milan’s San Siro district.
It was the Nerazzurri’s best match under the Simone Inzaghi area for 75 minutes where Inter were deservedly in the lead but individual errors coupled with collective nervousness almost cost the reigning Serie A champions the win.
Samir Handanovic – 6: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde personified. Miracle save on Mario Rui’s header but gifted Zielinski the opening goal where he looked very old.
Milan Skriniar – 7: Very solid performance by the Slovakian wall who conceded nothing to Osimhen. Looked really up for the match from start to finish.
Andrea Ranocchia – 7: If he plays like he did tonight he will give de Vrij a run for his money with regards to who starts. Faultless, composed and elegant.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6,5: Showed glimpses of the form that made him such an important player last season. Probably his best performance of the season.
Matteo Darmian – 7: Outstanding in the first half both in attack & in defence. Tired expectedly in the second half due to running himself into the ground.
Nicolo Barella – 6,5: Worked his way into the match after a poor start where he gifted the ball away for Napoli’s opener. Brought off when he tired.
Marcelo Brozovic – 7: Fundamental to how Inter play in every way imaginable and a reference point for all his teammates on the pitch. World-class.
Hakan Calhanoglu – 6,5: Another good outing by the Turkish international who Must now be Inter’s designated penalty taker after scoring vs AC Milan and Napoli.
Ivan Perisic – 7,5: Unplayable for large parts of the game. Has become one of the leaders of the squad who has had his best start to a season at Inter.
Lautaro Martinez – 7: Finally broke his goalscoring drought against a team he quite likes scoring against but had a frustrating game before the goal.
Joaquin Correa – 6,5: Pretty disappointing game offensively until move that led to 3-1 but defensively he gave Inter balance. Hopefully injury not serious.
Edin Dzeko – 5,5: Replaced Correa in 62nd minute but shouldn’t have played at all as he hasn’t recovered from his injury. Gifted ball for Napoli’s second goal.
Arturo Vidal – 5,5: Came on for Calhanoglu in the 62nd minute but never got into it. Looked tired, his timing was off and played recklessly.
Roberto Gagliardini – 6: Substituted on in the 75th min for Lautaro to sure up the midfield defensively and did do that to some extent but not much more.
Federico Dimarco – 6: Was brought on in the 75th minute for an exhausted Barella and did what he needed to do without much fuss.
Martin Satriano – N/A: Didn’t play enough to be able to be rated as he replaced Ivan Perisic in the 88th minute.
Simone Inzaghi – 7: Got the tactics on spot on for 75 minutes but his tactical changes, not his substitutions, almost cost him and Inter the win.
Paolo Valeri – 7: A referee should be consistent and barring a few minor decisions he got it right throughout what was a difficult and intense game.
Inter – 7: The best Inter performance so far under the Simone Inzaghi era for ¾ of the match. Look much more mature and cohesive as a team.