Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic plays a vital role in Inter’s system both in and out of possession because of his unique skillset in the buildup phase.

This is detailed in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who argue that the 29-year-old is irreplaceable for both winning the ball back and initiating attacks from his usual role at the base of a midfield trio.

Brozovic is routinely the player in Inter’s team who covers the most ground, and also often leads the team for successful tackles and interactions.

The Croat is key to the Nerazzurri’s engine room functioning smoothly, and his influence is arguably even greater when the team has possession.

Though Brozovic does not look quite the presence that he did in the final third that he had before being moved into a deeper position, he excels in all other respects.

The 29-year-old’s passing range and vision, abilities to find space and escape his marker in a variety of way are key components to the team’s overall ability to play through waves of opposition pressure from their own half and reach the final third.