After a seemingly “soft” start to the season in terms of the schedule, the first mini-cycle of matches to be marked with a red circle has arrived for Inter, which will be used by Simone Inzaghi to test the value of the entire team at his disposal, including the second lines.
The Champions League match against Real Madrid left the awareness of being able to play against a European big team, but also a lot of lactic acid in the muscles. Bologna, Fiorentina and Atalanta will further stress the Nerazzurri’s athleticism.
FRESH ENERGY – It’s in the middle of the field that Inzaghi will need to rotate a few players to maintain a high level of performance from the players involved and there is one man, above all others, who is a candidate for the role of “luxury fallback”.
Arturo Vidal has started this season with a very different attitude compared to last season, entering all the matches played so far by Inter and being brilliant and impactful on more than one occasion, such as in the debut against Genoa – a goal and an assist – or in the second half in Verona to complete the comeback against Hellas. Brozovic, Barella and Calhanoglu have been employed with great continuity but, now that the first tests of a certain consistency are arriving in Serie A as well, it becomes important to try to preserve them.
CALHA’S FALL – In addition to the reasoning on the athletic issue, there is also the reasoning on Calhanoglu’s lesser effectiveness in the last matches, after his excellent debut in the Nerazzurri jersey against Genoa.
The former AC Milan player did not shine in Verona and against Samp, having on his conscience above all the mistake that denied the possible new advantage against the blucerchiati. Against Real Madrid, his least convincing performance since he has been playing for Inter,
and it cannot be ruled out that the Turkish player could be involved in a physiological turn-over. The relay with Vidal on the occasion of the challenge with the Blancos could therefore be reproposed in the next close block of matches. Because, after a soft start, it’s time to get serious.