Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella showed his quality against Salernitana after a start to the season that’s seen him far from his best.
Today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, praise the 26-year-old for shaking off some recent mediocre form and putting in a fine display in the 4-0 win.
Barella’s start to this season has, in truth, underwhelmed.
The Italian international is undoubtedly one of Inter’s key men.
Very often it is the individual displays from Barella that can act as the barometer for the Nerazzurri’s form as a whole.
The former Cagliari midfielder is at the heart of Inter’s possession game, as well as an important cog out of possession considering his running and energy.
This season has season Inter start well as a team. But that has truthfully been in spite of, rather than because of, their star midfielder.
Barella’s first touch has looked a bit off, whilst he has not been providing the usual telling passes. Not only had the 26-year-old failed to register a goal or assist before yesterday, but he also hasn’t been driving his team up the pitch.
And there were signs that this form was starting to become a problem for Inter as a whole.
Barella’s anonymous displays were symptomatic of poor performances against Real Sociedad and Sassuolo.
But against Salernitana, the star Inter midfielder looked more like himself.
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Barella was at the heart of a new-look midfield trio in which Davy Klaassen made his first start.
It was a decent first-half showing from the Italian. He helped the Nerazzurri maintain a high-tempo start to the match in possession. And Barella did what he could to counteract the Granata as they gained a foothold in midfield.
Then with the introduction of Kristjan Asllani and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the second half, Barella started to enjoy his football.
The midfield looked to have a different balance. And the 26-year-old had license to try and unlock the match.
It was Barella who set up Lautaro Martinez’s second goal in a four-goal second half.
Inter will be hoping that this was the moment in which everything clicked for their midfield talisman.