Italian media have branded Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi as “risk-averse” for his tactical approach against Juventus on Sunday evening.
L’Interista highlight how the player ratings across Italian media gave the coach decent but not great scores due to the fact that he took such a cautious approach.
In his remarks after yesterday’s match, Inzaghi admitted that he was not too displeased with a draw.
The coach said that the point was not a result he would have signed for before kickoff. But he did not see it as a failure – Inter had avoided defeat.
And in truth, the Nerazzurri’s performance reflected this attitude.
Inter had the majority of possession.
But they did not really try and force the issue.
There were few real numerical overloads anywhere other than in the buildup phase. Clearly Inter were wary of throwing men forward and ending up getting caught shorthanded at the back.
Moreover, there weren’t many risky passes or dribble attempts.
Instead, Inter looked to methodically break down Juventus. This would allow them to avoid potential counterattacks, knowing the danger that the Bianconeri pose in these situations.
Inter Coach Inzaghi Branded “Risk-Averse” For Approach Vs Juventus
In the view of Italian media, Inzaghi only really used his strikers as out-and-out attackers.
The coach seemed to hope that Marcus Thuram in particular could make something happen on his own.
That is exactly what the Frenchman did for Inter’s goal. He beat Juventus defender Bremer, then put in an excellent cross. Then Lautaro Martinez provided an even better finish.
But in truth that was the only time that Thuram really broke down Juventus.
A big part of the issue was that he and Matinez simply didn’t have all that much support.
In the end, this was part of the reason why Inter left the Allianz Stadiuim with a point.
And Italian media have commended Inzaghi for that.
But the failure to really twist the knife showed a bit too much conservatism.