Inter’s 1-0 defeat at Juventus on Friday night ended the faint hopes that Nerazzurri fans had of winning the Scudetto this year.
Juventus are now 14 points ahead of the table after just 15 games, and the focus of Luciano Spalletti’s side for the rest of the reason will be ensuring that Inter is playing Champions League football next season by finishing in the top fourth.
Some Inter fans think the match might have gone differently if Roberto Gagliardini’s shot before half time had bounced off the post and went in, instead of bouncing out.
I agree. The trip to Turin was similar to the trip to Wembley against Spurs. In both games, Spalletti set his side out not to lose. The game plan was to stifle the opposition and hope to steal all three points late.
Not surprisingly these two defeats were two of Inter’s worst performances of the season. Unlike Mourinho’ treble-winning side, this Inter side does not have the players to shut down the opposition for 90 minutes.
Also, unlike the Mourinho sides, Spalletti rarely risks pushing players forward in order to score, unless it is a set-piece. As a result, Icardi is often totally isolated and out of the game.
Three shots on target combined against Spurs and Juventus is simply not good enough. If Inter are to have any success this season Spalletti needs to take the handbrakes off in the big games and play with courage. Play to win. Not to lose.
Wednesday’s visit of PSV Eindhoven is the next opportunity for Spalletti. Will he set his team out to get the win that should send Inter into the Champions League quarter-finals? Ot will he be cautious, hoping to avoid defeat and that Barcelona beat Spurs?