Inter Milan accepted a “draw without drama” in their Serie A clash away to Genoa yesterday.
Today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, argue that yesterday’s result was far from disastrous, but still showed clear warning signs that the team can’t afford to ignore.
Sometimes in football, it is just as important not to lose as it is to win.
Clearly, too many draws can be fatal for a title pursuit like Inter’s.
But at the same time, avoiding defeat and taking a point from a difficult stadium is hardly the worst of results.
Genoa had already beaten the likes of Roma and Lazio this season, and drawn with Napoli and Juventus.
The Grifone also only lost to AC Milan thanks to a contentious goal late in what proved to be a chaotic and memorable encounter.
Inter Accept “Draw Without Drama” Vs Genoa
If it wasn’t already clear from the results against other big sides that Genoa had gotten at home this season, the Rossoblu proved how formidable they can be with their performance against Inter.
The Nerazzurri struggled to really get going. Genoa’s aggressive and disciplined approach made it tough for Inter to play at their preferred tempo.
The Rossoblu’s physicality on set pieces caused further problems for Inter.
A win from such circumstances in a tough stadium would have been a perfect way for the Nerazzurri to make a statement in the title race.
But even without three points, Inter did at least salvage one.
And that felt like enough on the night.
All the conditions were there for something worse. Inter have already squandered a lead to lose once this season, against Sassuolo.
But the Nerazzurri return to Milano with a point. It’s enough that even if Juventus beat Roma this evening, Inter will still be top of the table.
However, Inter cannot afford to let this kind of mature acceptance of yesterday’s result turn into complacency.
There were plenty of warning signs of fatigue.
The way that Genoa were able to cause Inter problems in the midfield battle was a clear indication that the Nerazzurri are feeling the effects of their intense fixture list.
If Inter take the result and learn from the performance, yesterday’s draw is a manageable setback.
But if they fail to, the problems down the line could be considerably worse.