Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is facing some criticism for how early he took off striker Marcus Thuram in yesterday’s Serie A draw with Bologna.
L’Interista note that the assessments for the coach in the player ratings across Italian media have not been positive. The decision to remove Thuram from the pitch is a big theme in the criticism.
It always looked likely that Inzaghi was going to turn to his bench when Bologna equalized yesterday.
The Inter coach is widely known for being very proactive with his use of substitutions.
And with the team chasing a goal to restore their advantage, Inzaghi did indeed act.
The coach made changes with the aim of adding some fresh legs and new ideas in key areas of the pitch.
Firstly, Inzaghi changed things up on both flanks. Off came Denzel Dumfries and Federico Dimarco on the right and left respectively. Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Augusto took their place.
These changes were fairly effective, even if they did not result in a goal.
Inter did look to have more energy in wide areas. Augusto in particular gave the Bologna defense something different to think about.
But the other change that Inzaghi made seemed rather odd considering the team’s need for a goal.
Inter Coach Inzaghi Criticized For Removing Thuram Vs Bologna
Inzaghi also decided to make a change in one of the two attacking positions.
26-year-old French international Thuram was not having one of his better matches. Therefore, Inzaghi took the Frenchman off before even an hour had been played.
Alexis Sanchez replaced Thuram in attack.
Inzaghi had few options considering the injury to Marko Arnautovic.
Sanchez did not have much of an impact on the match, in truth.
There was no more impact from Sanchez than there had been from Thuram.
Therefore, across Italian media, there is some puzzling as to why exactly Inzaghi decided that the change was worth the bother. Even with Thuram not having one of his better matches, the Frenchman would certainly be a goal threat.