Internazionale – ACF Fiorentina: Inter extend run of impressive results despite Fiorentina targeting the midfield battle (2-1)
Internazionale completed a fine week of results despite repeatedly showing vulnerabilities. ACF Fiorentina put them under sustained pressure and was sold short in the final result. Goals were only loosely connected to the tactical story on display, which revolved around Inter finding ways around Fiorentina’s high central pressing.
Inter came into this Serie A match on the back of consecutive wins, both by a single goal, both sealed with last minute winners. Luciano Spalletti’s controversial celebration after one of those last minute winners put his presence on the touchline for this game in doubt. After a successful appeal on the afternoon of the game, Spalletti was indeed allowed to take up his usual position on the sidelines.
Fiorentina have improved their consistency in the league this season, having collected ten points from their opening five matches. They were hoping to continue their fine form in an effort to maintain the hope of mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places.
Spalletti made two changes to the Inter side that beat Sampdoria 1-0. With Inter clearly still uncertain of their preferred central defensive pairing, Stefan De Vrij replaced Miranda in the back four to pair with Milan Škriniar. Danilo D'Ambrosio and Kwadwo Asamoah played as full backs and would prove to be crucial to Inter’s attacking strategy. The other change was Ivan Perišić replacing Matteo Politano. Again Inter seem to be rotating wide attackers Antonio Candreva, Perišić and Politano in the starting lineups. Matías Vecino . . .