Inter’s season lies in the balance as they found themselves needing to rescue a point in Turin and also out of Europe.
A horrible nasty draw away to Torino on Sunday saw Juventus crawling ever closer and the gap to the top widened with Milan’s win over Empoli.
A brave yet spirited 1-0 win over Liverpool wasn’t enough to overturn the two goal deficit from the first leg.
A team in turmoil that clearly peaked before Christmas. Things we learned from Inter this week weren’t good things..
1) Edin Dzeko Looks Spent
Asking a player in the twilight of his career to replace Romelu Lukaku wasn’t ever going to work in the long term.
Edin Dzeko’s career is in its final chapter and while it’s worked out well for him in the large part, the recent run of games has seen him drift off.
Missing lots of straight forward chances and looking very clumsy in his general play, the former Roma man looks every bit his age.
Inter’s priority transfer in the summer must be to replace him with a younger model.
2) Matias Vecino’s Time At Inter Is Up
Thank you for the memories Matias but time is up.
Without a doubt we are seeing the last few games of his Inter career and rightly so given that his level of performance isn’t up to the required standard for a Scudetto chasing side.
The Uruguayan simply doesn’t fit into the mechanics of the midfield and is a reminder of the Spaletti era in which Inter were simply a side aiming to finish 4th.
A move to a middling Serie A side beckons.
3) Lautaro Martinez Looks Sharper
Lautaro Martinez’s goal against Liverpool was simply his best strike in an Inter shirt.
An excellent player when on song and after breaking his recent drought, he could be set to enter a streak.
In his three years as a regular starter for Inter he often goes into runs of goals so should history repeat itself, we could be about to see a goal glut.
That’s if Inzaghi decides to keep him on the pitch.
4) Give Gosens Time To Bed In
Given his pedigree and absolutely sensational form over the past two seasons, it is easy to see why Inter fans are expecting quality from Robin Gosens.
Before expecting him to catch fire instantly, it is worth remembering that he has spent the last few months out injured.
Now back to full fitness, it is important to stress that Gosens needs time to bed in and be given chance to adapt to the style that Inzaghi wants him to play.
It is important to see Gosens through until summer and be patient and wait until next season before judging him completely.
5) Inzaghi’s Subs Are Murdering Inter
Yes bringing Alexis Sanchez on, on Sunday, helped Inter rescue a point but Mr. Inzaghi’s subs and rotation changes are killing Inter.
Inter’s squad frailties are being exposed which he can’t effect directly in the fact that they miss a vice Brozovic and Calhanoglu but his rotations are frightening.
Vast amounts of subs so early into games, replacing Lautaro before Dzeko and starting with Vecino have been glaring errors he has made this week.
A young coach he is and managing in his first big job yes, but he seems to simply be failing to learn from some of his most basic errors.
With Inter now out of Europe and chasing the title rather than leading the race, Inter’s strongest XI must be used every game.
Should this slump continue that has existed since the start of 2022, Inzaghi might start to come under pressure.