The 0-2 against Sassuolo after the first leg against Liverpool, the only knockout of Inzaghi after the troubles of the Cup. With Turin, the hunt for the first external success of 2022
The Champions League drains mental and physical energy, but Simone Inzaghi’s Inter have managed their league commitments well this season after the European struggles, with only one defeat in 7 previous ones. The internal knockout against Sassuolo, however, is the freshest memory and the Nerazzurri on Sunday evening in Turin aim to cancel it along with another statistic that is beginning to worry. After winning 7 of 10 away games in the 2021 final, three out of three draws have come in the new year.
The set at Bologna, the ko with Sassuolo
After the undeserved defeat at Meazza with Real Madrid (September 15), Inter vented out by playing tennis with Bologna: 6-1 and second set that it is not yet known when it will be played. At the end of the month the 0-0 in Kiev against Shakhtar (28 September) was canceled by the 2-1 comeback in Reggio Emilia against Sassuolo himself, after a thrilling first half. The third round of the joust would also be fine, if the referee and Dumfries did not give Juve a penalty in the recovery that means 1-1, after the 3-1 at the Sheriff on 19 October. In the end similar to 4 days after the return with the Moldovans (same result, November 3). Inter play the derby better, but hurt themselves between Lautaro’s missed penalty and De Vrij’s own goal. The successes of Venice (2-0 after the success against Shakhtar which on November 24 is worth the second round) and Cagliari (4-0 after the defeat in Madrid on December 7), put things back in order.
But that of the end of 2021 was a charged and self-confident Inter, capable of recovering more than 10 points in Milan and Naples. This is looking for confirmation after the braking in February that began with the harakiri in the return derby. In the last two outings, goals, Lautaro and victories have returned. Inzaghi and his staff have understood that now the workloads must be managed. In two months the team has faced all the big homegrowns and twice against Liverpool. Between trips, rest days, unloading and finishing, Barella and associates practically never trained continuously. From next week, work in Appiano will return to being a prince. But first we need an encore from Anfield’s company. Because Inter in the league has not won out since December 17 (5-0 in Salerno) and on Sunday they will face a Toro equally angry for the 6 rounds without a win and capable of putting Dzeko and his team-mates in great difficulty in the first leg. The difference between leaving the pitch with your head held high and winning the Scudetto also depends on matches like those of the Grande Torino.
March 11 – 8:30 pm
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