Italian Media Detail Three Main Reasons Inter Milan Struggle To Cope With Packed Fixture List This Season
Inter look to be dealing with three problems above all that are causing them to struggle with the challenge of fighting on multiple fronts late into the season.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, whoa argue that a tired and misfiring attack, a lack of coherency in midfield, and a backline that is increasingly thrown-together amid injury have been issues for the Nerazzurri.
Inter’s attack was perhaps the issue that was most obviously visible in the team’s stuttering 0-1 loss to Juventus on Sunday.
Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez started the match and were unable to make any sort of a dent in a Bianconeri midfield who held them, and eventually also Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa, at bay with ease.
For the Corriere, this is evidence that the rigours of matches virtually twice a week are making it hard for the attack to establish a rhythm rather than aiding them in doing so.
Meanwhile, in midfield, the uncertainty around whether Hakan Calhanoglu or Marcelo Brozovic is now first-choice in the deep-lying playmaker role has begun to become a drag on the Nerazzurri.
This was apparent with the duo both starting against Juventus, which saw Brozovic playing more or less in his customary position, whilst Calhanoglu seemed stuck between playing in a box-to-box role and reverting to the habits of his new position at the base of the trio.
Lastly, the Corriere notes, the backline has looked more and more like a matter of simply plugging available players into whichever spot they are able to play in rather than having a well-defined first-choice set of players, as the injuries have mounted in that area of the pitch.
Against Juventus on Sunday, the defense may not have been the biggest culprit for the loss, but there is no ignoring the fact that the positioning of Matteo Darmian and Denzel Dumfries on the position of Filip Kostic’s goal for the Bianconeri looked like that of two players who weren’t entirely sure what they were meant to be doing.
The verdict of the Corriere is that these three problems have been something that can be masked in big one-off matches as the Nerazzurri have been able to put their issues aside and all hands on deck to good effect.
However, over the long grind of a season which as seen the Nerazzurri engaged across multiple competitions, these three issues have been identifying as leaving the team looking increasingly frayed.