Amidst the backdrop of their coach possibly quitting this week over this summer’s transfer activity, and their captain being strongly linked with a move to Napoli, Inter were soundly beaten 3-1 by PSG in the second match of their USA Tour. The graphic shows how badly PSG dominated the match.
For the second game running Stevan Jovetić got on the scoresheet, this time from the penalty spot to make the score 1-1 at half-time.
Inter spent much of the half chasing shadows as PSG passed the ball around and through the Inter midfield at will. Mancini started Felipe Melo and Geoffrey Kondogbia in central midfield to add some protection to the Inter back-line. The downside of that decision is that both gave the ball away too cheaply when they won it back, meaning that PSG had the ball for long periods of time, especially in the first half. At times it looked like a keeping possession passing drill for the French champions.
Mancini once again tried to play a 4-4-2 formation with Palacio and Jovetic up-front and Biabiany, Kondogbia, Melo, and Nagatomo behind them. I understand that the preseason is the time to try different formations and pairings, but is clear after two matches that the 4-4-2 formation does not suit the players here in the US on tour. There is no creativity in midfield and the Inter mode of attack seems to be a long angled ball up to a defender. This team is crying out for the creativity of Marcelo Brozovic or Ever Banega. Plus it is clear to anyone who has watched the two USA tour matches that Inter need some real wingers who can run at defenders and put them under pressure. Fullbacks playing as wingers is not the answer.
Next up for Inter is a long cross-country trek to New York where they will meet Estudiantes at Red Bull Arena in New York on Wednesday.
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