Midfielder Davide Frattesi has received praise as the perfect impact substitution for Inter Milan in the derby against AC Milan.
As L’Interista note, the player ratings for the match across Italian media have all been positive in their assessment of the 23-year-old’s second have appearance.
Frattesi could very well have felt that he was a bit unfortunate not to start against Milan yesterday.
The former Sassuolo midfielder had put in an eye-catching display for the Italian national team against Ukraine. This led many to suggest that he should come straight into the team after the international break.
Instead, Simone Inzaghi went with the ever-reliable Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the heart of Inter’s midfield.
And it’s not as though the coach’s decision went badly – Mkhitaryan did score two goals including the Nerazzurri’s opener, after all.
However, Frattesi did still have his role to play.
And the Italian international shone once he got the chance to do so.
Davide Frattesi Shines In Limited Minutes Vs AC Milan
Inzaghi threw Frattesi on right around the hour-mark.
The 23-year-old took the place of Nicolo Barella in midfield. It had not necessarily been the most memorable of nights for Barella, and Inzaghi clearly wanted to change things up and inject a bit more pace into midfield after the Rossoneri were starting to gain momentum.
Frattesi proved to be just what Inter needed to stop Milan from growing into the game after Rafael Leao’s goal.
The 23-year-old was combative, and helped the team push up the pitch.
Then, in stoppage time, Frattesi enjoyed a very memorable derby moment. The former Sassuolo midfielder scored his first ever goal in a Milan derby.
The 23-year-old’s instincts, timing, and clinical finish were all a hallmark of his time at Sassuolo. That is exactly why Inter signed him.
All of the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport, and Tuttosport award Frattesi 7/10 scores.
Meanwhile, the same is true of online outlets TuttoMercatoWeb and L’Interista.