Eintracht Frankfurt – Internazionale: Inter Survives Eintracht’s Direct And Attacking Football (0-0)
In a surprisingly fun goalless draw, Inter managed to survive the attacking attempts of a very direct Eintracht. During the first half, Inter’s defense won most of the aerial duels and prevented Eintracht from creating danger. However, in the second half Eintracht dominated individual duels and pinned Inter against their goal, creating some chances, but not scoring.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Pérez.
Luciano Spalletti’s Internazionale faces rough times. Their 2019 league form has been troubling, with two wins, two draws, three losses, playing against mostly lower and mid-table opponents. These negative results have led to archrival AC Milan overtaking them in the league table and also put the coveted Champions League spot in jeopardy. Things were made even worse by the contract renewal crisis of star forward Mauro Icardi, which has caused further instability to the team. Inter usually have a slower possession game that struggles to disorder rivals, with the team often resorting to brute-force crossing into the box to create chances. This strategy has become less effective in the absence of Icardi, which has certainly affected Inter’s results.
Against Eintracht, Spalletti and Inter lined up in the usual 4-2-3-1 shape. Apart from the absence of Icardi, Inter’s offense also suffered from the absences of Radja Nainggolan and Keita Baldé due to injuries. The goal of Samir Handanović was defended by Kwadwo Asamoah, Milan Škriniar, Stefan de Vrij, and Danilo D’Ambrosio. Midfield featured a double pivot of Matías Vecino and Marcelo . . .