Gonzalo Higuain sent Juventus top of Serie A, and handed Antonio Conte his first league defeat as Inter boss, as the reigning champions secured a 2-1 victory at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Inter started slow and Paulo Dybala took full advantage of some early Juventus pressure to put his side ahead after just four minutes.
But Inter started to win the battle in midfield and it was no surprise when equalized after Matthijs de Ligt handball that Lautaro Martinez cooly converted.
Stefano Sensi was brilliant in the opening 30 minutes and his injury and replacement after only 34 minutes changed the match. The opening half-hour showed that Inter’s starting XI can compete with Juventus, but the Inter rebuild still has work to do as it was the Juventus substitutes that changed the game.
Conte brought on Matias Vecino to replace Sensi, and Inter immediately lost the midfield battle, where they were second best for the rest of the match.
On the other side Sarri was able to bring on Higuain to replace Dybala and that move quickly paid off, when Higuain latched onto Miralem Pjanic’s lofted throughball and blasting inside the far post.
While Martinez looks like a superstar in the making, the same cannot be said about his strike partner Romelu Lukaku, whose first touch has not gotten any worse since he arrived in Italy, and his 62% passing accuracy shows that his passing is not getting any better either.
One of the criticism’s of Lukaku was hss inability to score big goals in big games, something that former Inter striker Mauro Icardi was renowned for. Inter have played four games so far this season; two in the Champions League and the Milan and Juventus derby’s. Lukaku has played in three of them and managed one goal and no assists in 270 minutes. That is simply not good enough.
Conte and Inter have two weeks to thing about this match during the international break before they come back to face Sassuolo away and them a must-win tie against Dortmund in the Champions League.
Hopefully the break is long enough for Sensi to get fit as Inter are a very different team when he is in the line-up.