Former Inter Milan striker Nicola Ventola feels that Simone Inzaghi reacted well and got his tactics right in the Milan derby.

Speaking on Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel, via FCInterNews, the former striker gave a positive appraisal of the Nerazzurri coach’s tactical “reading” of the dynamics in their 5-1 win over AC Milan.

The scoreline of Inter’s win over Milan on Saturday may well suggest that it was an easy and straightforward victory for the Nerazzurri.

In truth, that was not the case.

Inter had to stay organized whilst Milan had the majority of possession.

And the Rossoneri did manage to probe for openings, sometimes successfully. Inter needed to get their approach balanced exactly right to cause problems for their city rivals.

In the first half, Inter scored two without reply. They started the match very aggressively and then scored.

Then, the Nerazzurri got their second after seeing out one of Milan’s best periods.

In the second half, Inter conceded – the first time that they had done so all season.

But then, Inzaghi reacted. The 47-year-old made three substitutions, which helped the team start pushing up the pitch at the right moments, completely halting the Rossoneri’s momentum and allowing Inter to score three more goals to well and truly put the game to bed.

Ventola: Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi “Read” The Derby Well

Ventola said that before the match, “I wanted to see Milan against a strong team.”

“Because I saw that in the defensive phase they could have some difficulties,” he said. The Rossoneri won their first three matches of the season in impressive style, but did at times look vulnerable.

“Inzaghi ‘read’ the match well,” he continued.

“He mostly had the same players, whilst Milan still have players needing to fit in,” Ventola continued.

“Knowing that Milan wouldn’t give up on trying to play their game, Inzaghi read it very well.”

Ventola also argued that “In my opinion Milan are still right up there. Their ideas are still good.”

“Losing the derby is going to sting,” he noted.

“But I wouldn’t be as pessimistic as I’ve seen some people be.”