Inter Milan showed maturity and patience to beat Atalanta yesterday and keep their Serie A title charge on track.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Yesterday’s match away at the Gewiss Arena was one of Inter’s toughest all season.
It was not a match where the Nerazzurri were able to fully impose themselves.
Rather, it was Atalanta who often controlled the tempo.
La Dea make no secret of the pace that they like to play at. Gian Piero Gasperini’s man play very high-tempo, intense, and try to force the issue with organized and intense pressing.
And that was certainly the strategy from Atalanta yesterday.
From just about the first minute, La Dea were putting Inter under heavy pressure.
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This was a much different pattern of play than what had been seen in Inter’s win over Roma last weekend.
There, the Nerazzurri had enjoyed the majority of possession.
And beyond the possession, Inter had dominated tactically and in terms of scoring chances against the Giallorossi.
Clearly, that was a statement performance for Inter’s Serie A title hopes.
Simone Inzaghi’s team will have to learn to dominate matches if they’re to finally go all the way and get their hands on the Scudetto.
But just as important is getting wins in the tougher, scrappier matches.
That is where the question marks have lain this season.
Inter were overrun for long spells away to Real Sociedad in the Champions League, despite snatching a points.
And the dropped points in the league have come against teams who have played with courage and intensity – Emilian duo Sassuolo and Bologna.
So yesterday’s win over Atalanta looked like a real response from Inzaghi’s team.
Inter were patient and focused against one of the toughest opponents Serie A can throw at them.
And the Nerazzurri picked their spots to attack and score their goals.
Then, after Atalanta nicked a goal, Inter didn’t crumble. They held on and saw out three big points in the context of the title race.