Real Madrid and Man City could be the only two teams in Europe with stronger midfield options than Inter Milan.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCinterNews.
Inter’s midfield has certainly been formidable this season.
The Nerazzurri’s blend of technicality, physicality, and intelligence has allowed the team to use the battle for central superiority as a foundation for their style of play as a whole.
Whilst goals and assists have not been the biggest strength of Inter’s midfield as they are for some teams’ – apart from Hakan Calhanoglu’s faultless penalty record – it doesn’t need to be.
Inter’s midfield has been what makes Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 system really tick.
All three midfielders offer themselves as passing options constantly. Nicolo Barella, Hakan Calhanoglu, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been the engine of a team that looks to create overloads to move the ball around very rapidly.
And then in terms of depth, Davide Frattesi has been a hugely impactful substitute option.
Kristjan Asllani has been used less often, but has shown his quality in a few key moments. His long ball to set up a winner against Roma was a perfect example of this.
Real Madrid & Man City The Only Teams With Stronger Midfields Than Inter?
The Corriere argue, in fact, that only two other teams in Europe can boast stronger midfields than Inter.
One is Real Madrid.
The 2022 Champions League winners can rely on legends of the game like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos who still offer plenty even towards the end of their respective careers.
And for youth and energy, Federico Valverde, Edouardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni are all top options in Los Blancos’ engine room.
And at the tip of the spear is Jude Bellingham. The Englishman is perhaps the most in-form midfielder in the world, with an unstoppable blend of skill, strength, and a turn of pace.
Then, for Manchester City, Kevin de Bruyne’s return from injury has meant the return of one of Europe’s outstanding midfielders of the last decade.
Then there is Rodri, who is emerging in a similar level to the Belgian.
The likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Matteo Kovacic, and Mateus Nunes further complement City’s central options.