Fiorentina – Internazionale: Fiorentina Rescue Draw Amid VAR Controversy (3-3)
What a hectic game this was! Two goals in the first five minutes, after which Fiorentina looked accomplished but lacked cutting edge, as Matteo Politano’s strike left them 2-1 down at half time. In the second half, the Video Assistant Referee had a very decisive impact, ruling out a Fiorentina goal and awarding Inter a penalty. Luis Muriel’s wonder strike pulled the score back to 3-2 before another VAR intervention deep into stoppage time helped Fiorentina to rescue a draw.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Inter went into this game as the third team in Serie A’s league table, trying to extend their lead over competitors AC Milan and AS Roma. Despite doing well in the league points-wise, Inter have struggled all season to improve their on-field level of play, meaning they have been grinding out results more than outplaying their opponents. Manager Luciano Spalletti made just one change from Inter’s previous Serie A game against Sampdoria, bringing in Matías Vecino instead of Roberto Gagliardini, in their customary 4-2-3-1 formation.
Fiorentina, led by former Inter coach Stefano Pioli, also made one change, with Vincent Laurini coming in at right back in a 4-4-2 diamond shape, replacing only Nikola Milenković. All season long, Pioli has been experimenting with asymmetrical formations, this 4-4-2 diamond being no exception, as the positional freedom was so big, one could easily call this a 4-2-3-1 formation, or a 4-2-2-2.
Fiorentina's shape in possession. Hard to point a numerical formation on it. A 4-4 . . .