Spalletti, keeping in mind that there was a Champions League game this week against PSV Eindhoven, decided to put out a conservative line-up against Cagliari, leaving: Icardi, Perisic, Vecino, Brozovic and Skriniar on the bench, there were some thoughts that it could have possibly been too conservative. 90 minutes later and there could be no doubt that Spalletti made the correct decision, and fielded the correct team ensuring that Inter came out with all three points.
1st half- The first half was a very controlled performance by Inter with the team controlling the ball throughout. The first and only goal of the first half coming through a fantastic cross by Dalbert was pin point and landed on the head of Martinez who put it into the back of the net after just 12 minutes on the board. With very few chances coming through in the first half, Inter looked extremely comfortable with the ball, and settled for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
2nd half- the second half was much like the first with Inter controlling in the ball throughout the half, their best chance coming in the 62nd minute, where Radja Nainggolan slipped an amazing through ball to Antonio Candreva who missed a 1 on 1 with the Cagliari stopper. Then it looked that the momentum Inter built throughout the game began to change, with Cagliari opening it up. In the 73rd minute it appeared that the scores where level when Daniele Dessena looked to have put the visitors on level terms with a header. VAR then intervened and to their credit awarded a yellow card to Dessena and a free kick to Inter as it was a clear handball in the box. This then lit a fire in the Inter team, and the final goal came in the dying minutes with an amazing volley by Politano in the 89th minute. From what looked to have gotten away from him, Politano then pulled the ball back, and put the ball in the bottom left corner, leaving the keeper with no chance.
Inter seem to be a team that’s driven by momentum. Following the heroics against Tottenham, and the victories against Sampdoria, Fiorentina and now Cagliari, Inter seem to be building a case for genuine threats throughout this campaign, with the only issue foreseeable is how will they bounce back after their next loss? Looking forward, Inter face stiff opposition in PSV Eindhoven this week in their mid-week Champions league encounter, followed by a trip to SPAL next Monday morning, then they will receive a well earnt 2 week break before facing Milan on the 22nd of October.
Spalletti seemed to have prepared for this game in perfect fashion, giving some players a well-deserved rest this weekend, as well as trying new combinations on the field. Inter do still need to improve their mid-field with the only consistent performer being Radja Nainggolan and Brozovic, in the summer, it would be beneficial that they do attempt to purchase a player that can bolster down and keep possession.
- Written by Bruno Altamore