Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi is finding that he can rely on certain key players in his team who bring qualities that no other options in the squad do.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who name midfielders Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolo Barella, and wingback Denzel Dumfries, as the coach’s “three essentials.”

Brozovic’s importance to the team was only underlined by their slump in form in his absence, with the Nerazzurri losing to Sassuolo and drawing with Torino and Fiorentina without the Croat in the team.

The 29-year-old has a unique influence on games with his composed, technically assured style of play at the base of midfield, whilst his teammate Barella provides the energy that glues the team together all over the pitch.

Meanwhile, Dumfries did not immediately settle into life in a Nerazzurri shirt upon his move from PSV in the summer, but over the past few months he has only grown in confidence and form and now the 25-year-old offers a threat down his flank that no one else can match.