Fiorentina – Internazionale: Late Fiorentina Equalizer Adds Another Winless Game To Conte’s Never-Ending Problems (1-1)
Fiorentina’s first half aggressiveness found justice when Vlahović scored the equalizer for his side in injury time, securing a draw that Montella’s side needed after a long-lasting winless streak. Meanwhile, Conte’s problems have only just started as, following their Champions League elimination, their second consecutive Serie A draw put them back on level terms with Juventus.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Every season a good start from Vincenzo Montella leads spectators to place their hopes on a resurgence from the bottom of the managerial ladder into the heights that once surrounded the manager.
As the expectations slowly died out year after year, Montella now finds himself abandoned by those who once supported him, coming off the back of a five game winless streak on board a sinking Fiorentina ship. Therefore, sitting in fourteenth place and being faced with Inter, few - if any - would have believed in an upset against Inter’s Conte, especially after Franck Ribéry’s injury.
However, if there is something Fiorentina has made a name for over the years, it is their exploits against the league’s giants, like when the Florence side stopped Sarri’s Juventus at the start of the season. Moreover, Inter’s previous games had seen them draw with Roma and succumb to Barcelona in a costly loss that relegated them to Europa League football, inevitably lowering the high flying spirits of the black and blue side of Milan.
With both teams in need of a positive result to cancel out the recent let-down, Conte and Montella started their teams in trademark 3-5-2 formations and respective variations. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez led the line . . .