Inter’s Supercoppa Italiana match against city rivals AC Milan tomorrow could come down to three major tactical battles.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who argue that the battle down Inter’s right flank, stopping Milan from dictating the tempo, and not being vulnerable to counterattacks will be key for the Nerazzurri.
One of the key areas of the pitch will be Inter’s right side, and Milan’s left.
The Rossoneri will hope to use the quality of Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez to build attacks and enter Inter’s penalty area, whilst Milan Skriniar and Matteo Darmian will attempt to stop the duo.
Against Napoli, Skriniar and Darmian were successful in neutralizing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but in Leao and Hernandez they should face a challenge that’s just as formidable, and potentially decisive for the match.
In midfield, Nerazzurri strikers Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko will have to try and limit the time and space that Rossoneri midfielder Ismael Bennacer receives on the ball.
Against the Partenopei, the Inter forwards got their approach spot-on with how they dealt with playmaker Stanislav Lobotka, and they will hope to repeat it tomorrow.
Lastly, Milan’s counterattacks are one of their most devastating weapons, the Gazzetta argues.
Inter will accordingly have to find the right balance and pick their spots to attack without leaving big gaps for the Rossoneri to exploit when they win the ball.
The efforts of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Hakan Calhanoglu in midfield could be crucial in this respect, as the pair will have to find ways to dictate an attacking tempo for the Nerazzurri without overcommitting and leaving space vulnerable.