Inter are back to winning ways after a late winner from Marcelo Brozovic against Torino at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in Milan’s San Siro district.
The Nerazzurri started the game calm and patient but lacked intensity and were frustrating throughout the first half which ended goalless.
In the second half Inter struggled against a good Torino who made life very difficult for the Nerazzurri but the substitutions breathed energy into the home team who dominated after the changes.
But it took until the 89th minute for the Nerazzurri to break the deadlock when an up until then woeful Nicolo Barella played a beautiful cross to Marcelo Brozovic who scored the only goal of the game.
Samir Handanovic – 7,5: A captains performance by the Slovenian shotstopper who made many important saves when Inter struggled. The competition with Onana has done him well thus far.
Milan Skriniar – 6: Clearly not back to his best, his timing is still a bit off but definitely a step in the right direction. Good in the air as expected. Unlucky not to score off a Dimarco corner.
Stefan de Vrij – 6: Much better by the Dutchman but there is still a lot of work to do for him to even begin to reach his best. Was saved by Handanovic when he made errors but also showed more desire than in months.
Federico Dimarco – 5,5: Not a good first half, in fact it was poor. But in the second half he offered much more in attack but his crosses and set pieced were still not good enough.
Denzel Dumfries – 5,5: Is out of form, tired, a bit lost on the pitch and lacking in belief and self-confidence. Not offering much in attack but decent defensively. Maybe should be rested?
Nicolo Barella – 5: Aside from the gorgeous assist he was the worst player on the pitch. But that assist to his BFF for the winning goal will do wonders for his self-confidence.
Marcelo Brozovic – 6: Didn’t have the best of games but has begun pushing forward again into the penalty area and so he’s scored for the second consecutive game. Misplaced many simple passes but worked himself back into the game.
Hakan Calhanoglu – 6: Much more involved in the buildup and does so from a much deeper position but Torino were all over him and Brozovic like a rash. Better performance than again Bayern but there is vast room for improvement.
Matteo Darmian – 6: Defensively solid as ever but didn’t offer much in attack. However, you can’t help but admire his sacrifice for the team filling in where needed from the left wing to the right and back again.
Edin Dzeko – 5,5: Has the mind and vision of a top player but the body of one that is so way past his best, which is why he’s a second late to every situation when Inter attack. Imagine what he could have achieved at Inter had he joined 6 years ago.
Lautaro Martinez – 7,5: Right now the only player at Inter who is close to if not reached world class level. Has never been better physically and mentally. This is his Inter and he acts like it all over the pitch. Leader.
Joaquin Correa – 6: Replaced Dzeko in the 68th minute and gave a much better performance today than the two last outings. Has a lovely dynamic understanding with Lautaro Martinez which made life difficult for Torino.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6,5: Replaced Dumfries in 68th minute and is looking more and more like himself. Far from mint condition physically or mentally but slowly moving in that direction.
Raoul Bellanova – 6,5: Replaced Dimarco in 77th minute and was an injection of energy when Inter chasing goal. Showed impressive mental strength when tripping over ball and instead of letting that weigh him raising his game.
Henrik Mkhitaryan – 6: Replaced Calhanoglu in the 77th minute. So good with the ball technically. Very calm and patient knowing exactly what to do and when to do it. Great option to have off the bench.
Robin Gosens – N/A: Replaced an exhausted Matteo Darmian in the 85th minute and didn’t play long enough to be able to be rated.
Simone Inzaghi – 6,5: Finally got the balance right defensively as Inter looked compact and like a cohesive unit. In attack there’s lots of work to do but his substitutions changed the game allowing Inter to dominate and score.
Giovanni Ayroldi – 6,5: Good performance overall by the referee. Did well to not give penalties for hand ball and to change his mind on red card to Sanabria. Only criticism is for the booking to Brozovic which was excessive.
Inter – 6: Crisis averted after an incredibly important win which will work wonders for their confidence and belief moving forward. Very important to keep a clean sheet despite defensive errors.