AC Milan – Internazionale: Textbook Conte display disarms a helpless and toothless Milan side (0-2)
Inter’s responded to their disappointing Champions League draw to Slavia Praha with a textbook Antonio Conte display. This win ensured their rampage in Serie A continued as they disarmed a helpless Milan side still in search of its identity for the season.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
If Antonio Conte’s spell at Inter has been yet another proof of the effectiveness of his methodology, Marco Giampaolo has not had nearly the same early success in Milan. After their loss in the Derby della Madonnina, Milan sit sixth in the league with a game in hand over Lazio and Roma, who could potentially surpass their rival if they were to win their respective games. Surely Milan fans never would have expected such an unstable situation a couple of years ago, when - despite rumors beckoning regarding the unreliability of their new owner – they naively fell for Li Yonghong’s unrealistic ambitions. Yet, here we are, discussing how past errors are holding the new managerial cycle back.
Milan’s first three games in the league have seen them subdue to Udinese in their Serie A debut and beat Brescia and Hellas Verona 1-0. Three unconvincing performances that led Giampaolo himself to question his approach in post-matches, suggesting that there might be overarching problems that could complicate the manager’s plans for the season.
These issues have mainly been related to the inadequacy of player profiles, such as those of Piątek and Suso. Although they have both looked out of place in Giampaolo’s . . .