Italian journalist Luigi Garlando believes that yesterday evening’s Serie A loss to Sassuolo was a demonstration of how much this Inter team rely on Marcelo Brozovic.
Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Garlando highlighted the deficiencies on display in the Nerazzurri’s performance without the suspended Brozovic.
Inter looked too lax in possession in the first half against Sassuolo, all too frequently conceding possession in dangerous areas to allow the Neroverdi to create dangerous scoring chances on the break.
In the second half, the Nerazzurri still seemed to lack control of the tempo of the game even as they pushed up and started going all out to try and get a goal back.
Brozovic had missed his first Serie A match of the season after starting every single one up to that point, and without the Croat’s influence the Nerazzurri decisively lost the midfield battle in a match that dealt their Scudetto hopes a major blow.
“We spent months touting Inter as the strongest team in the league,” Garlando writes, “we can’t just abandon ship at the first sign of difficulty.”
“Their quality remains intact,” he goes on, “but small structural gaps have widened, having hitherto been masked. This Inter can’t cope without Brozovic.”