The returns of Federico Dimarco and Denzel Dumfries could prove to be decisive for Inter Milan in terms of their wing play.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
If there was one element that was clearly missing in Friday evening’s Serie A draw away to Genoa, it was a real outlet in the wide areas.
In truth, the Rossoblu were the team to win the battle on the flanks.
Genoa wingbacks Stefano Sabelli and Aaron Martin were able to push back Inter duo Carlos Augusto and Matteo Darmian.
It was not a truly dreadful performance from Inter’s two wingbacks.
But it was a fairly unimpactful one. Augusto lacked the necessary quality in the final third, whilst Darmian offered little going forward.
This allowed Genoa to keep Inter under control centrally, with little threat of the Nerazzurri releasing one of their wingbacks.
Against Verona on Saturday, things could look quite different.
Dimarco & Dumfries A Significant Boost For Inter On The Flanks
Inter wingback Dimarco was not in the squad last Friday due to a thigh problem.
But the 26-year-old should return on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Dumfries did come off the bench against Genoa. But the Dutchman was just coming back from an injury, and not at 100%.
But the pair could very well start against Verona on Saturday.
And that could make all the difference for Inter.
Dimarco’s passing and crossing give Inter a major creative dimension on the right flank.
Moreover, the Italian international’s good first touch and ability in tight spaces mean that he can be quite useful receiving the ball high up the pitch.
Meanwhile, Dumfries offers a major threat behind the opposition defensive line with his explosive burst of acceleration and intelligence at spotting and timing attacking run.
This dynamic is key to Inter playing at their best on the flanks.
And it should make its return on Saturday.