Inter’s Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against AC Milan will be fought all over the pitch but could come down to some decisive individual battles.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who note how the outcomes of certain key individual duels could shift the balance of the match.
In attack, both teams will be relying on a highly experienced centre-forward to lead the line, in the form of Edin Dzeko for the Nerazzurri and Olivier Giroud for the Rossoneri.
Either striker putting in a strong display could be the factor which allows one team among the city rivals to capitalize on their best moments with an all-important goal.
Meanwhile, Inter will have Lautaro Martinez playing off of Dzeko and Milan will have Rafael Leao playing off of Giroud, and how they can get the pace and skilfulness of these two forwards into the game will also be a decisive battle.
In midfield, the likes of Inter’s Nicolo Barella and Milan’s Sandro Tonali will each be vying to wrestle control of the centre of the pitch in their respective teams’ engine rooms.
Which of the two Italian midfielder can put in the more composed and impactful display on the night could well be the factor which swings the match overall.
Lastly, the Gazzetta notes that both the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri have been relying on one key central defender each throughout the season to marshal their defenses.
For Inter, Milan Skriniar has been the form defender, while for Milan it has been Fiyako Tomori, and both will be working hard to keep their city rivals’ attackers quiet for a place in the Coppa Italia final.