Inter lost the derby della Madonnina against AC Milan by 3-2 at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan’s San Siro district.
The Nerazzurri scored the first goal when Lautaro Martinez held up the ball for Joaquin Correa to pass the ball through to Marcelo Brozovic who placed it in the back of the net when alone with Mike Maignan.
The Rossoneri quickly equalized after a horrible mistake by Hakan Calhanoglu saw Rafael Leao place the ball in Handanovic’s left post.
Milan then took over completely and Inter were lucky to go into half-time with a 1-1 scoreline. The second half continued in that way and yet another dreadful defensive error led to Olivier Giroud giving Inter the lead 2-1 before Rafael Leao embarassed Inter’s ballwatching defender to go 3-1 up.
At this point, Simone Inzaghi finally made the changes he should have already made at half time, which led to immediate impact when Edin Dzeko clawed one back.
From then on Inter pushed forward but AC Milan have what Inter don’t have anymore: a world class goalkeeper who saves them when they need it.
Samir Handanovic – 4: Can’t be blamed for the first goal but lots of questions to be asked about above all the second goal. Isn’t good enough to be Inter’s starting goalkeeper right now, let alone the captain of the team.
Milan Skriniar – 5: Was left to his own fate more often than not and struggled against the pace of Rafael Leao. However, no excuses as this was probably his worst match in an Inter shirt.
Stefan de Vrij – 3,5: By far his worst performance in an Inter shirt. At only 30 years of age he plays like an old man at the twilight of his career. Horrendous. Handanovic 2.0, going from top class to unwatchable in space of 2 years.
Alessandro Bastoni – 4: Should not be starting right now. Looks completely our of sorts. Fails even the most simple of tasks. No self-confidence and no quality in anything he does.
Denzel Dumfries – 4.5: Just before the end of the first-half he realized that he needed to track back to help Milan Skriniar. Clearly affected by the yellow card and let Theo Hernandez get under his skin.
Nicolo Barella – 3,5: Who is this awful doppelganger pretending to be Nicolo Barella? Undoubtedly the worst match of his career. Should have been brought off at half time.
Marcelo Brozovic – 6: Scored the opening goal and was the only Inter player who looked like he actually wanted to play football. Still, he makes simple mistakes which he simply can’t afford to now in his role as a leader.
Hakan Calhanoglu – 4,5: Started off OK but fell off a cliff after the “assist” for Milan’s opening goal. Improved after the changes and had a stunning shot saved by a magical save by Mike Maignan.
Matteo Darmian – 6: One of the only Inter players who played at the level he usually does. Got a good assist after an intelligently timed run which Inter for some inexplicable reason didn’t utilize for often.
Joaquin Correa – 4,5: Got an assist for the opening goal but was absolutely invisible until he was brought off. His inconsistency is a huge problem. Needs to repay the confidence Simone Inzaghi has put in him.
Lautaro Martinez – 5.5: Played well for about 20 minutes in the first half but then was invisible due to his teammates deciding to gift the derby to AC Milan inexplicably. Had one good chance which he ballooned.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6: Clearly good enough to start for Inter despite coming back from injury which in and of itself is an indictment on the Nerazzurri midfielders tonight. Replaced Nicolo Barella in the 63rd minute.
Federico Dimarco – 6,5: Replaced an awful Alessandro Bastoni in the 64th minute and the improvement could be seen immediately. Aggressive defending, dynamic runs, good delivery. Should have started.
Edin Dzeko – 6,5: Inter’s best player on the night which speaks volumes given he came on for Joaquin Correa in the 64th minute. Got a good goal and helped Inter create problems for AC Milan.
Danilo D’Ambrosio – N/A: Replaced an abysmal Stefan de Vrij in the 84th minute and didn’t play enough to be rated. Must start against Bayern Munich.
Robin Gosens – N/A: Brought on for a tired Matteo Darmian in the 84th minute and didn’t play long enough to be rated.
Simone Inzaghi – 3: No excuses acceptable for the second horror show in 2 weeks. Was lucky not to see his team humiliated. Has a deer in headlights look. Scared, instead of being proactive and making changes at half-time. His defence has more holes than Swiss cheese. Has lots to fix and no time to fix it in.
Daniele Chiffi – 5: Should have sent Theo Hernandez off after a second yellow card but inexplicably didn’t. Has shown himself not to be a referee for the big occasions like Daniele Doveri.
Inter – 4: When you lose a derby 3-2 and the resting feeling is you were lucky not to be humiliated, there’s not much to say other than unacceptable by everyone involved.