Inter continued their current woes with a pair of tepid and uninspiring 0-0 draws in league and Coppa Italia action.
In a very poor game on Friday against Genoa in Serie A, Inter again fired over 20 shots at the opposition goal without scoring, meaning they’re now on 59 shots at goal since their last goal in league action.
Here’s what we learned from Inter’s descent into panic mode.
1) Strikers Who Can’t Score
Not enough true clear chances are being created and that’s a point that will be explored later in this article but the strikers at the club at this moment are at rock bottom.
Lautaro Martinez on his worst goal drought since joining the club, Edin Dzeko is looking his age and Alexis Sanchez is simply not impacting the game enough in the final third.
All three players are failing to offer a focal point in attack and are not hitting the box when it matters.
Inter need their strikers to step up and given their lack of confidence it would be perfect if they can steal an early goal in the game against Salernitana from one of their attackers to lift their confidence.
2) Hakan Calhanoglu Off The Boil
Despite his early season promise and form before Christmas, Hakan Calhanoglu is starting to tire and it is impacting his side.
Without any viable replacement for him in his role due to the departures of Christian Eriksen and Stefano Sensi, it only weighs heavier that he isn’t performing at the same level he was early season.
Inter need the confident Calhanoglu back that bullied Milan in the first derby to help drag themselves back into form and in front in the Scudetto race.
3) Joaquin Correa & Robin Gosens Returning Give Inter Options
With both Joaquin Correa and Robin Gosens returning to fitness, Inter have a perfect opportunity to refresh a stale side.
Correa gives Inter the chance to freshen up a dormant attack and Gosens could also bring more pace and attacking physicality on the left.
Correa could even allow Inter to switch to something of a 3-5-1-1 with Dzeko able to play as the focal point and Correa able to play the link up role perfectly.
Both of these players mustn’t be rushed back to action so perhaps a place on the bench in the week would be advisable but to have them back available should help their current situation.
4) Forget Liverpool & The Champions League
So frustrating to have to say this but the tie with Liverpool needs putting to the back of Inter’s priority list.
A rather disappointing loss from a game in which they played well but again fell short due to their powder puff attack.
Given Inter’s current landscape, the league title has to be their priority.
If they can get past Milan then the Coppa Italia also becomes the option, giving Inter the opportunity to become holders of all three domestic trophies which would be some achievement.
Inter are unlikely to head to Anfield and win 3-0 so a rotation without embarrassing themselves is on the menu in a sensible person’s view.
5) Salernitana Game Is Make Or Break For Inter’s Season
After a rather brutal two weeks, Inter’s morale is on the floor.
Since losing the derby due to a mad 10 minutes in which they fell asleep at the wheel, Inter’s lead at the top of the league is now gone.
Their game in hand away at Bologna has now become must win to take them back to the summit.
The last month have been the lowest seen at the club since before the arrival of Antonio Conte over two years ago and are at risk of becoming a more common unless Inzaghi can find a winning formula.
Avoiding defeat against Milan was key but the manner of the performance was appalling.
A big big lift is needed and more than anything a real refresh to the side to make them look some form of threat again.
In with the Correa and Gosens combo and an early goal against Salernitana could make all the difference ahead of a nicer schedule.
This fixture list is starting to ease. Slowly.