Atalanta Bergamo – Internazionale: El Toro Builds The Bridge To Help Inter Charge Through (2-3)
A balanced affair can need the slightest tweak to adjust the scales. Atalanta’s passiveness, with man-marking, gave Inter passing problems, but Lautaro Martínez moved deeper to get his team back on the right track.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Level on points, Atalanta Bergamo and Internazionale were produced with a good chance to create separation before the World Cup break. In the highly competitive Serie A, both have consistently been in the mix but entered this game in very different situations.
The Atalanta cycle appeared to have ended, but another has only just begun. Gasperini’s men gave a great challenge to the league leaders, Napoli, with neat combinations to get the ball to the versatile Ademola Lookman. Despite the defeat, the hosts had been expected to drop after some big departures, but never write off Gian Piero Gasperini from producing a great team. However, a midweek loss to the bottom half of Lecce changes the dynamic, as they slipped out of the top four.
Inter appeared to walk out of a crisis and into another after its defeat to Juventus. It represented a number of issues, a team that can be too passive off the ball when they need to double down on their control and Simone Inzaghi’s substitutions not entirely helping the scenario. Such talk of crises rose again when Bologna took the lead at the San Siro, but six goals from Inter certainly . . .