Internazionale – AC Milan: Inter Ease Into The Coppa Italia Final After A Solid First Half Showing (3-0)
Precisely seven weeks after their stalemate in the first leg, Internazionale and AC Milan met again at San Siro, this time to definitively decide who would book a spot in the Coppa Italia final. The match turned out to be fairly one-sided, as Inter started strongly and ended emphatically in what turned out to be a comfortable victory.
Tactical analysis and match report by Neel Shelat.
Of course, this was not the only competition in Italy where the two capital clubs were at odds. They were separated by just two points at the top of the table prior to this match, although Inter had played one fewer match and were overwhelming favourites to win the league title according to our predictions model partly due to that fact.
None of that mattered here though, because this was a cup semi-final. Milan did have a slight advantage due to the fact that the away goals rule was still in effect in the Coppa Italia, so a score draw would have been enough for them to progress to the finals since the first leg saw no goals, and Inter’s ‘home advantage’ was negligible because the two sides share a stadium.
Inter lined up in their typical 3-5-2 formation, with a familiar backline of Milan Škrinar, Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni ahead of Samir Handanović in goal. Mattia Darmian and Ivan Perišić were the wingbacks, whilst Nicolò Barella and Hakan Çalhanoglu were on either side of Marcelo Brozović in midfield. Ángel Correa partnered Lautaro Martínez up front.
For Milan, Mike Maignan had Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori and Theo Hern . . .