Inter look to only be at their best when they can rely on the contributions of key trio Alessandro Bastoni, Marcelo Brozovic, and Nicolo Barella.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, who suggest that the Nerazzurri are “B-Dependent” on the trio and that they suffered with the former two suspended and the latter out of position against Sassuolo.
The suspension of Brozovic against the Neroverdi left the Nerazzurri without their key point of reference in and out of possession in the centre of the park, while Federico Dimarco could not quite replicate what Bastoni brings to the back three.
Of the three “B’s” Barella was the only one to start, but he looked out of sorts trying to fulfill the duties normally given to Brozovic at the base of the midfield trio.
As such, the Corriere argues, the team could not rely on any of the three in the way that they do when they are at their best, and as such this radiated throughout the entire team.
With Brozovic and Bastoni back for Friday’s clash with Genoa, the Nerazzurri will once again be able to rely on the pair’s influence, whilst Barella can be returned to the position from which he can best impact the game.
The loss to Sassuolo, however, gave a demonstration of the team’s struggles when they don’t have at least one of their “B’s” on the pitch and in top form.