1st half: Inter underestimated the passion and desire of the SPAL team and it seemed that the fatigue of the last 3 weeks was starting to come through. Inter started the game on fire, with everything going to script with an early goal to the reliable Inter striker Icardi scoring in the 14th minute. It was a great team play, with Vrsaljko delivering a cross from the sideline, meeting with Icardi’s head who bounced it towards the ground, giving the keeper no chance. But all had seemed to be in vein, when there was a penalty awarded just 3 minutes later. Miranda brought down Felipe in the box, and Antenucci stepped up to take the penalty. To the luck of the Inter team, the penalty was sent wide and the scores would remain 1-0 in favour of Inter at the half time break.
2nd half: As the game progressed Inter looked to get more and more fatigued. Sloppy passes, losing the ball too easily and the 15,750 SPAL fans looked to have gotten the edge over the Curva Norde getting into the heads of Spalletti’s men. It wasn’t too long until SPAL managed to get the equaliser that they were searching for. Paloschi who came onto the field 5 minutes earlier, managed to get around Miranda, and tap it in. It seemed that the winning streak was to end and the result would be the same as last seasons fixture (1-1 draw between inter and SPAL), but ultimately, that goal gave Inter an extra spring in their step, and not even 10 minutes later, Icardi latched onto a Perisic pass, and hit the ball straight past the keeper, and from that point the scores remained unchanged, with Inter taking all 3 points away from the game.
In this game Inter displayed their very well-known characteristics, referring to that of when the pressure is on, they will manage to get the result. But as discussed in previous articles, what will happen with the result doesn’t go the way of Inter, how will they bounce back. It seems that Icardi has starting his scoring rout with 4 goals in his last 3 games for Inter, but this season, it seems to be a different approach with the team, with a lot more attacking options up field for Inter with the Captain saying after the game: “We knew that it wouldn’t be an easy match, just like it wasn’t last year (Inter 1 vs SPAL 1). We were aware that we would have to do more and the main thing is that the team won.”
Moving forward, Inter now have a well hard earnt two week rest as international break dawns over Europe again. The exciting part is, that the first game back is one of the worlds most anticipated derby’s the Derby della Madonnina where Inter face Milan on October 22nd but this is not the only exciting fixture of the month of October. Following the derby on the 22nd of October, Inter then face Barcelona at the Camp Nou on the 25th of October, with the last game to be played against 4th placed Lazio on the 30th of October. Spalletti needs to ensure that the squad is kept up to top fitness, and select his teams accordingly, and thoughtfully allowing for the best possible results across both Champions league and the Serie A, as all 3 games will have an impact on both of the campaigns.
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Written for “Inter Milan- Destroying Clubs Since 1908”- By Bruno Altamore