Former Juventus and Sassuolo striker Alessandro Matri believes that defender Benjamin Pavard was the biggest culprit as Bologna equalized against Inter Milan in Saturday afternoon’s 2-2 Serie A draw.
The former striker spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, also giving the view that the Nerazzurri have dropped off more than he had expected.
Pavard has broadly gotten off to a good start to life at Inter.
After taking a couple weeks to integrate into the team, the Frenchman has slotted straight into the starting eleven.
And Pavard has, in most respects, justified the fee that Inter paid to sign him from Bayern Munich.
The Nerazzurri brought the 27-year-old in with no shortage of pressure on his shoulders. He is the player who they have identified to replace Milan Skriniar in the starting eleven following the Slovakian’s departure to join Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract.
And Pavard’s first few performances have suggested that there will not be much of a drop-off in Skriniar’s absence.
The 2018 World Cup winner brings pace, composure, and tackling ability in defense. He is also very adept at defending in wide areas given his competency as a fullback.
Moreover, Pavard has looked like he can offer a lot with his passing from the right side of defense.
But on Saturday afternoon, the former Bayern defender experienced his first big stumble in an Inter shirt.
Matri: Benjamin Pavard To Blame For Bologna Equalizer Vs Inter
Asked about the Bologna equalizer, Matri said that “In my opinion, Pavard is the culprit.”
And of the draw against the Rossoblu, the former Bianconeri striker said that “I really didn’t expect it from them because I rate them as superior to the other teams.”
“Even after their performance in the Champions League, I wasn’t expecting they’d stumble in matches like these.”
Matri argued that “It seemed like in the first few matches, they were a team with more awareness.”
“Instead, they’re still dropping off in these matches,” he said.